SPRING HILL — Springstead played a game of ball control, turning in a strong second half to defeat district foe River Ridge 21-7 Friday night at Booster Stadium and remain unbeaten (7-0, 4-0).
"For some reason our body language wasn't good, and we didn't play our brand of football in the first half," said Eagles coach Bill Vonada. "We finished better, and I'm proud of our kids for finding a way to win, but we still have things to clean up."
In the first half, neither team mustered much offense as both defenses played physical football and forced mistakes. The half ended with no score.
Senior Pedro Estrada and sophomore Dylan McLeod had key interceptions for the Eagles. Junior Quentin Snead had an interception for the Royal Knights.
The Eagles had 96 total yards compared to 59 for River Ridge (1-5, 0-4).
In the second half, Springstead opened up a clock-eating drive from its own 20, which stalled at the River Ridge 13-yard line. On a bizarre play, the Eagles' field goal was blocked and picked up by Tyler Mahla, who ran for 10 yards and the first down. The dramatic play set a Mahla's 3-yard touchdown rush off a boot-leg play to put Springstead up 6-0 with 5:41 remaining. Scott Baker converted the point after.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles added two more touchdowns. The first came with 9:27 remaining, as sophomore running back Daniel Wright scored on a 3-yard touchdown rush, and Mahla found senior receiver Shane Scorza open in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Junior Jesse Cowan had two sacks for the Eagles, as the Springstead defense held River Ridge in check all night.
The Royal Knights didn't score until the 2:24 mark of the fourth when senior quarterback Josh Maisel scampered for a 6-yard touchdown.
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