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KNIGHTS KO EAGLES FOR FIRST VICTORY

River Ridge scores 21 in the fourth quarter to stymie Springstead.

Coach Tim Stevens and River Ridge have been searching for a victory all season.

On Homecoming night Friday, they got a big one, beating one of Hernando County's top teams, Springstead, 31-14.

The Royal Knights started things off with senior fullback Trevor Shoun scoring on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Springstead answered in the second when James Mahla connected with Ben Noury on a 43-yard touchdown.

The first half was mostly about defense, with River Ridge (1-6) pulling ahead 10-7 with 15 seconds left in the second quarter on Jack Paris' 48-yard field goal.

The Eagles (5-2) seemed ready to dominate in the second half, when Mike Greco burst into the end zone on a 1-yard run. But the Knights, who controlled the game on the ground with the triple option, scored three times in the fourth, taking the lead for good on Shane Allen's 1-yard run.

With three minutes left, Mahla fumbled on the 26-yard line setting up River Ridge to go up by two scores.

"This game was huge for us," Stevens said. "These kids have worked so hard and this is just big for the whole school. "

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