Ridgewood pulls away from Chesy

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 7, 2004

WeST LAFAYETTE - Phil Davis said he knew what questions were going to be asked. He just didn't have all the answers.

The Ridgewood Generals used a used a strong running game and a big fourth quarter to pull away to a 33-14 win over the Chesapeake Panthers Saturday night in a Division V Region 19 quaterfinal.

Ridgewood ran for 272 yards with Bryan Tolliver gettign 176 yards and Joe Shears 95.

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"Give the Ridgewood running backs a lot of credit. Tolliver ran hard. He's an outstanding back," Davis said. "We knew what was coming, we just couldn't stop it."

The Panthers (8-3) held the lead early in the second quarter and trailed just 21-14 after three quarters. But missed opportunities and the Generals strong running game proved to be too much to overcome.

"We had a chance to go ahead early, but Ridgewood made a couple of stands. We couldn't take advantage of our opportunities," Davis said.

Ridgewood took a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard run by Tolliver to end a 51-yard drive, but the Pantehrs used a 31-yard run by Keith Marcum to set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Caleb McComas to Jeff Thornburg and tie the game at 7-7.

The Generals tried a fake punt but the pass fell incomplete as the Panthers took over at midfield. Two plays later McComas found Dustin O'Brien for a 50-yard scoring strike and Chesapeake lead 14-7.

Josh McCormick returned the kickoff 51 yards to the Pantehrs 28 and Shears scored six plays later on a 5-yard run to tie the game at 14-14.

Chesapeake drove to the Generals 27 before the drive stalled on downs, and Ridgewood broke the deadlock as Tolliver bolted 68 yards for a touchdown with ust 1:08 on the clock to make it 21-14.

"Tolliver's run before the half was the straw that broke the camel's back," Davis said.

Ridgewood (10-1) drove to the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter before the Panthers held, but a three-and-out gave the ball back to the Generals at the 43 and they scored eight plays later on a 5-yard run by Tolliver. Brad Eldred blocked the extra point and it was 27-14.

Jarrod Grove returned an interception 27 yards to the Panthers 36 to set up the final score, a 7-yard run by Shears with 5:18 to play.

Shane Williams had a fumble recovery for the Panthers. Grove had two interceptions and Tolliver one for Ridgewood.

(NOTE: Jeff Gorby contribuned to this report.)



First Quarter

Rd - 7:56 Bryan Tolliver 18 run (Tyson Whyde kick) 7:56

Ch - Jeff Thornburg 26 pass from Caleb McComas (Cody Methax kick) 3:33

Second Quarter

Ch - Dustin O'Brien 50 pass from Caleb McComas (Cody Methax kick) 7:56

Rd - Joe Shears 5 run (Tyson Whyde kick) 4:55

Rd - Bryan Tolliver 68 run (Tyson Whyde kick) 1:08

Fourth Quarter

Rd - Bryan Tolliver 5 run (kick blocked) 9:16

Rd - Joe Shears 7 run (kick failed) 5:18



First Downs714


Passing yards158-2

Total yards263270






Individual Leaders

RUSHING - Chesapeake: Keith Marcum 4-34, Mark Roby 5-38, Caleb McComas 7-22, Kersten Harris 4-17, Jackson Caynor 4-minus 6. Ridgewood: Bryan Tolliver 19-176, Joe Shears 27-95, Wade Wright 4-minus 2Josh McCormick 3-2, Vic Dickerson 1-1.

PASSING - Chesapeake: Caleb McComas 8-21-2

158, Dustin O'Brien 0-1-1. Ridgewood: Matt Rettos 1-2-0 minus 2, Jarrod Grove 0-1-0.

RECEIVING - Chesapeake: Jeff Thornburg 3-59, Dusten O'Brien 1-50, Matt Whitmore 1-22, Jackson Caynor 2-17, Keith Marcum 1-8. Ridgewood: Bryan Tolliver 1-minus 2.