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Ridgewood 27, Zephyrhills 7

NEW PORT RICHEY — After a sputtering first half for both teams, Ridgewood made offensive adjustments that led to a 27-7 rout of Zephyrhills.

"This was better than last week," Rams coach Chris Taylor said, eluding to their fourth-quarter heartbreaker against River Ridge on Nov. 6.

Despite being up by six at halftime, thanks to a 12-yard Nick Martino reception from Scott Kujak, the Rams (3-7) managed only 94 yards of total offense. Taylor said he was quick to address blocking concerns in the locker room.

"I told them that they had to keep working and make adjustments," Taylor said. "We weren't blocking the way we should have. Once we figured that out, made a few adjustments and got it set, we were okay."

The Rams were more than okay coming out of the locker room, scoring 21 unanswered points on the stunned Bulldogs (2-8). The third quarter belonged to junior Cameron Rodriguez, who scored from 6 and 1 yards. He finished with 75 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

Ridgewood's Robby Usher only had one carry but managed to find pay dirt from 1 yard out after a 44-yard pass from Kujak to Martino. Kujak finished 8-of-14 with 139 yards a TD and an interception — 109 of those yards were to Martino, who had five receptions and a TD.

The Bulldogs' only score came at the end of the fourth quarter as Chris Reaves punched it in from 2 yards out.

"The kids played hard this season," Taylor said. "They came every day, they practiced every day and we got better."

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