Ridge Outlasts Fort Meade, 24-14
Fri. September 28, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. | By Solange Reyner
Ridge Community High School's football team takes the field prior to its game against Fort Meade. (Photo by PIERRE DUCHARME | THE LEDGER )
By SOLANGE REYNER
DAVENPORT | Prior to Friday's game against Ridge Community, Fort Meade coach Jemalle Cornelius was worried about how his defense would shut down senior Shykeem Pitts, an athlete with explosive moves who can make most defenders miss.
But Pitts, still hobbled with a knee injury, played a limited amount of time on that side of the ball and instead, gave Fort Meade's offense fits, specifically the quarterback and his receivers.
Pitts had two interceptions, one midway through the fourth, to help Ridge Community beat Fort Meade, 24-14, with a strong defensive effort. His second pick came just after Ridge's Trayvon Howard scored on a rumbling run down the right side of the field to end the third quarter. That touchdown, with big blocks from Inglesson Sanon and Dimitri Holliday, put Ridge up for good 17-7.
"It felt good to get two interceptions," Pitts said.
Especially on that pick in the fourth, since Pitts had been beaten by the receiver off the line.
"I had enough speed to get back to him."
Added Howard: "He was flying to get there."
Fort Meade made it close when Devin McCalebb recovered a fumble by Ridge on the ensuing drive and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. That made it 17-14 with 8:09 left.
Ridge buckled down on defense the rest of the way. After going three and out on its next offensive series, Ridge suffocated the Miners' offense to pin them deep in their own territory.
Then, on second and 22 from Fort Meade's 17, Max Neree sacked Jay Smith and forced him to fumble the ball. Dominic Dennard recovered it in the end zone to score.
"We had a few turnovers that kept the game interesting, but our guys didn't fold and fought hard," Ridge coach Richard Tate said.
Jourdan Osinskie scored first for Ridge on a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first.
Smith tied the game with 36.6 seconds left in the half when he found the end zone from 11 yards out on a scamper up the middle and around the right side.
That drive was Fort Meade's best all night: Six plays, 75 yards in less than a minute. But Ridge answered back with a nice offensive series of its own. Sanon and Osinskie marched the team 65 yards in 30 seconds and Daniel Delgado connected on a 30-yard field goal to give Ridge the 10-7 advantage.
The Miners had trouble moving the ball in the second half, with Pitts being the main source of their trouble.
"He's a tremendous player," Fort Meade coach Jemalle Cornelius said. "But we just have to execute better."
Fort Meade 0 7 0 7 - 14
Ridge Community 7 3 7 7 - 24
R – Jourdan Osinskie run (Daniel Delgado kick), 4:41.
FM – Jay Smith 11 run (Jack Cortez kick), 36.6
R – Daniel Delgado 30 FG, 5.7
R – Trayvon Howard 28 run (Delgado kick), .00
FM – Devin McCalebb 23 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown (Cortez kick), 8:09
R – Dominic Dennard fumble recovery in end zone (Delgado kick), 1:22
FM | RC
First Downs 13 9
Rushes/yards 32-114 30-161
Passing yards 102 61
Passing 12-24-3 6-9-1 Total offense 216 222
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 1-1
Punts/avg 2-45 5-49.6
Penalties/yds 6-35 3-30
Records 4-1 4-1
Rushing: FM — De'Vante Clark 9-41; RC — Inglesson Sanon 6-65.
Passing: FM — Jay Smith 12-24-102-3; RC — Jourdan Osinskie 6-6-61-1.
Receiving: FM — Chris Morris 3-58; RC — Tyrell Smith 1-22.