Land O'Lakes took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but failed to put away winless Ridgewood in a 42-21 shootout on Friday.
Gators fullback Scott Mays made quarterback Drew Weatherford's passing stats look gaudier by taking two short screen passes for long touchdowns. Mays also scored twice on the ground.
"We came out focused and ready to play, but we lost it as the game went on," Gators coach John Benedetto said. "I'm not happy about that. We played well enough in the first half to win, but our team needs to learn that a game is played for four quarters."
After taking the ball 11 yards up the middle on the Gators' opening play, Mays took a screen from Weatherford to the right, went up the sideline, then cut back for a 63-yard touchdown.
On the Gators' second possession, it was Chris Perez's turn to show off, gaining 33 yards on four carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run.
The Rams (0-9) showed their ability to move the ball on offense, scoring on an 80-yard passing play as Justin Pena took an end-around and found Jon Koenigsfeld on the option pass.
Ridgewood also moved the ball well in the second quarter, scoring on a 12-play, 73-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard toss from quarterback Pete Bennett to fullback Brett Bachus.
However, the Rams were unable to put up any resistance on defense, as the Gators (5-4) scored on every possession in the first half in taking a 35-14 lead.