NEW PORT RICHEY — Last season, a trip to River Ridge cost Springstead a postseason berth.
While there weren't any implications like that in Thursday night's game, the Eagles gained a measure of revenge on the Royal Knights with a 22-6 victory.
Using its trademark option attack, Springstead (3-4) controlled the clock and pounded the ball downfield on the flimsy River Ridge defense. Devean Huff (25 carries, 130 yards) and Brian Beeker (17 carries, 73 yards) combined for 203 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
The nail in the coffin for River Ridge was on the opening drive of the second half. The Eagles started the drive on their 9-yard line. From there, Springstead drove 91 yards and used up more than seven minutes.
"You have to give credit to the offensive line," Springstead coach Bill Vonada said. "They gave us a good push up front, and there were some great cutbacks by Devean Huff."
After a second drive where River Ridge (2-5) scored its only touchdown, the Royal Knights didn't do much offensively. The home team totaled only five first downs to Springstead's 17.
Stavros Arianas (17 carries, 92 yards), whom River Ridge counts on to set the tone at tailback, was a bright spot for the Royal Knights. The running game averaged a 3.1 yards per carry. Arianas lost a fumble on the opening drive, translating into a Springstead field goal.