SPRING HILL — Springstead's youth and inexperience showed at times against Ridgewood, but the Eagles played aggressively and came away with a 28-19 win.
Turnovers ruled the day for an Eagles offense featuring sophomore Tyler Mahla under center. His interception in the first quarter was brought back inside the Springstead 20 and led to the first score, putting Ridgewood up 7-0.
Springstead got the ball with two minutes remaining in the first half and Mahla led a 60-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass. The second half opened with a kick return from the Eagles that put them in the red zone and they punched in to put the home team on top, 14-7.
"Turnovers killed us on offense," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said, "and on defense, we gave up a couple of big plays during inopportune times that seemed to keep them in it."
In the end, a punt return for a touchdown from Pedro Estrada marked the first such play for Springstead since the late 1980s (Danny Garofano) and cemented the win.
Sophomore tailback Kevin Bedford was the offensive star for the Eagles, rushing for more than 100 yards.
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent