Ringgold routs Elizabeth Forward, 56-36
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A punched ticket to the playoffs in the Big Nine Conference and a possible home playoff game were on the line Friday night at Joe Montana Stadium, and host Ringgold downed Elizabeth Forward, 56-36.
And while many were looking forward to the offensive prowess of the quarterback battle between EF senior and Pitt recruit JaQuan Davidson and Ringgold junior Nico Law, Law had plenty of help.
The Rams (5-2, 5-2) rushed for 424 yards on 52 carries with the trio of Law, sophomore Chacar Berry, and senior Matt Kirby all going over the century mark.
Law finished with a game high 161 yards and two scores on 16 carries; Berry added 143 yards and two rushing touchdowns (four total) and Kirby tallied 118 yards and a score on 17 carries.
“The game was up and down and I figured it would be kind of explosive, but I don't try to forecast how a game is going to go,” Ringgold coach Matt Humbert said.
“This was another game we were able to put 50 points on the board and we were taking what they were giving us.
“I am just so proud of these kids, and we are so young.”
Law scored two quick touchdowns for Ringgold, with the first on a six-yard run and the second on a 48-yard scoring scamper.
The Rams converted two-point conversions on both touchdowns and they led 16-0 with 7:35 to go in the first quarter.
Elizabeth Forward coach Mike LeDonne commented on his team's quick deficit.
“It's never good to fall behind like that on the road,” he said.
“But we found a way to fight back and tie it up.
“There were just some little things we weren't doing right, but we battled back.
“Give Ringgold credit though as they won the battle up front.”
However, Davidson wasn't going to sit around and watch Law have all of the fun.
He hit Matt Bernadowski for a score from 30 yards out and then ran in the two-point conversion to cut the Ringgold lead in half.
Then on Ringgold's next possession, Michael Ocilka intercepted a Law pass and gave the Warriors the ball at the Ringgold 32.
Five plays later, Jalen French scored from 13 yards out and also converted the two-point conversion to tie the score with 9:30 to go in the first half.
The Rams clinched the game with 2:40 left when Davidson was called for intentional grounding while in the end zone and Kirby closed scored from eight yards out with under a minute to go.
Bill Hughes is a freelance writer.
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