ZEPHYRHILLS — With Ridgewood and Zephyrhills playing for pride Friday night, there wasn't a lack of effort.
Just a drought of points, as the Rams (4-6) defeated the Bulldogs 3-0 — the lowest-scoring game in Pasco County this season — during a night in which former Bulldogs baseball player and current Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland's number was retired.
The loss for Zephyrhills (4-6) completed the 20th season for coach Tom Fisher, and after the game, he spoke about not doing enough to motivate his team — and retirement.
"I did a poor job this week of getting them ready," Fisher said.
And about possible retirement?
"That is about the furthest thing from my mind right now."
Ridgewood opened without starting running back Sterling Ross (1,638 yards), who was benched for a fight in practice. Coach Chris Taylor would not go into detail.
But Ridgewood seemed to be okay without Ross and leaned on tough running by a trio of backs, led by Jon Balk, who had 41 yards on 15 carries.
Both offenses found it almost impossible to get a steady running game going, combining for 111 yards rushing.
The Rams' lone score came with 4:46 left in the third quarter, on a Josh Grey 28-yard field goal after a 10-play, 53-yard drive.
Zephyrhills had a chance to tie it in the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs lined up for a 46-yard field goal attempt.
Rams linebacker Tim Rearden would stifle that, as he sprinted through the Bulldogs' front line and blocked Tyler Guy's kick.
"This win was really important for us and the seniors, and we really wanted this one tonight," Rearden said.