River Ridge defeats Cass, 35-14
by John Underwood
Oct 20, 2012 | 895 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs filling the cool crisp Friday night air, the Cass Colonels teed it up against the River Ridge Knights on what was supposed to be a big night for the senior Colonels. It was Senior Night at Doug Cochran Stadium with the 4-3 Colonels and the 2-4 Knights trying to keep playoff hopes alive.

River Ridge moved closer to that goal with a 35-14 win over Cass.

The Knights started with the ball in their own territory. Before the first play was under way, the Colonels were flagged for offsides, a trend both teams would have to fight all game long.

After a few running plays, the Cass defense stiffened and forced a punt. As the Knight’s punter went to send the ball down field, Micah Barron broke through the line and got a hand on the ball, blocking the punt. Justin Reed recovered the block at the Knights’ 40-yard line, giving the Colonels great starting field position. Though the Colonels went three-and-out, they pinned the Knights deep in their own territory. River Ridge tried pulling out a little razzle-dazzle, running a reverse, but it back fired. With a fumble on the play, Cass recovered deep in Knight territory.

After a false start penalty, quarterback Brandon Etheridge scored the first touchdown of the game. Cass led 7-0 in the first quarter. After a stalled drive by the Knights, with E.J. Ellis carrying the load, the Knights punted. Cass gave the ball back with a three-and-out and, with a few seconds left in the first quarter in Cass’s territory, Cass was called for a dead ball foul as time ran out on the clock. One second was put back on the clock and River Ridge QB Steven Spears threw a 30-yard touchdown to tie it up at 7 at the end of the first.

Cass received the kickoff to start the second quarter after a bit of a confusing end to the first quarter. Both defenses stood strong, keeping either offense at bay until River Ridge was faced with a fourth-and-1 at midfield. Spears tossed it to Ellis who picked up the first down, giving the Knights a little spark on offense. Though they eventually had to punt it away, the Knight offense started playing with a little swagger. During what looked to be a promising drive by the Colonels, a shotgun snap went sailing over Etheridge’s back to the 2-yard line.

After a Cass punt, Tremain Carr scored on a 14 yard run to put River Ridge up 13-7 with 3:35 left in the half.

The Colonels then ran the two-minute offense to perfection after starting at their own 10. With some big penalties sending them backward, Etheridge takes off on a 50-yard run and then hit Kelin Wells on a pass down to the 2-yard line. While it was looking like Cass would score and take the lead just before the half, the Colonels fumbled and went into halftime down 13-7.

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