De­fense dom­i­nant again in an­other Ridley shutout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOTBALL FRIDAY - By Pa­trick Crossan For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia @crossan 11 on Twit­ter

TREDYFFRIN >> Com­ing into Fri­day night’s game at Con­estoga, Ridley boasted a de­fense that al­lowed fewer than 10 points per game.

A 36-0 win over Con­estoga will only im­prove that num­ber.

Ridley weath­ered some rain and wind to force its sec­ond shutout in a week with a 36-0 win over Con­estoga Fri­day night at Teamer Field.

The Ridley de­fense once again stepped up to al­low Con­estoga to gain only 22 to­tal yards and five first downs the en­tire night. Lineback­ers Sean Crow­ley and Ryan Gricco forced a safety in the 3rd quar­ter.

“De­fen­sively it’s what we’ve got­ten all year from Gricco, to Crow­ley to Spil­man, to the ef­fort in the se­condary, it’s un­be­liev­able what we’ve done on that side,” said Ridley head coach Dave Wood. “It makes it eas­ier for the of­fense. We are a gam­bling de­fense and we are go­ing to pres­sure and give it over to our of­fense.”

On the other side of the ball, the Raiders’ of­fense took some time to warm up.

It wasn’t un­til early in the sec­ond quar­ter that Ridley scored its first points, on a 20-yard field goal by Kyran Baker. Baker fought off some wind and rain to make an­other field goal from 24 yards, and all four of his ex­tra kick at­tempts.

“I think tonight our kicker did a tremen­dous job,” Wood said. “We were a lit­tle bit slow to start and he nails the first field goal. With the wind and rain he made all the ex­tra points. I give all the credit to Baker he did an un­be­liev­able job.”

Ridley quar­ter­back Cade Strat­ton de­liv­ered the Raiders their first touch­down on a 64-yard pass to re­ceiver Ma­lik Young, who streaked down the mid­dle un­touched. Strat­ton threw for 130 yards on 6 of 9 pass­ing for 130 yards.

“Last year they blew us out and came into our home field,” Strat­ton said. “Em­bar­rassed us. We never wanted to feel like that again and we came out know­ing it’s go­ing to be the last time play­ing on this field. We wanted to make a state­ment be­fore we went into play­offs.”

The Ridley rush­ing at­tack gained 254 yards with three touch­downs on 38 at­tempts. Three Raiders rushed for 60 yards or more and three dif­fer­ent play­ers scored touch­downs on the ground: Brock An­der­son, Taj McCaf­ferty and Ja­mai Bean.

Wood not only en­joyed his team’s win, but Gar­net Val­ley’s win over Spring­field as well.

“They lost and my son had the key in­ter­cep­tion,” Wood said. “That’s awe­some. It’s an awe­some play and it’s just awe­some he did that. Our kids were cheer­ing on the side­line.”

In what has been a down year for Con­estoga. The Pioneers fall to 1-7 over­all and 1-6 in the Cen­tral League.

“I al­ways tell my team with ev­ery neg­a­tive there is a pos­i­tive,” said Con­estoga head coach Mar­quis Weeks. “It’s been a tough sea­son but I’m an up­beat per­son and I see pos­i­tives in ev­ery­thing. I feel like the fu­ture is bright for Con­estoga foot­ball.”

The Raiders will send off their se­niors Fri­day at 7 p.m. against Up­per Darby.

“Last time play­ing on the field at night,” said McCaf­ferty, a se­nior full­back. “We’ve got to make a state­ment.”

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Con­estoga’s Mil­ton Robin­son is tack­led by Ridley’s Ryan Gricco (44) and Jag­ger Sheridan (33) in the first quar­ter.

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