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Ridgewood 35, Central 0

NEW PORT RICHEY — Most schools use shiny sports cars and expensive convertibles during homecoming ceremonies, but at Ridgewood on Thursday night the ceremony took place with 4x4 trucks.

There was a reason for it. The Rams used a powerful running game and an even more powerful defense to drive over Central 35-0.

Ridgewood (2-5) led 14-0 in the first half on a Nick Martino 15-yard touchdown run and Cameron Rodriguez's 1-yard plunge. Rodriguez finished with 161 yards rushing.

In the third quarter the Rams had only four offensive plays, but didn't need any of them to extend their lead to 28-0 — the defense did it.

Martino intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a score, which gave him an offensive and defensive touchdown in the game. Eight seconds later, Scott Kujak grabbed a fumble and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Martino and Kujak shared time at quarterback and both had defensive touchdowns.

"It feels pretty good," Martino said of his interception. "I saw that ball in the air and I grabbed it. I just read the quarterback's eyes and took him."

The Rams defense allowed the Bears (0-6) only 92 yards of offense, plus Ridgewood blocked two field-goal attempts.


Ridgewood 35, Central 0 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:43pm]
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