Roadrunners Take Care of Business, Dominate Kirby 42-13
Harrison over 200 yards rushing, 3TD
Sr RB Earl Harrison after the Kirby game. Harrison rushed for more than 200 yards and 3 TD tonight leading the Roadrunners to victory. Photo by LC
Jr DT Anthony Wayne Leads the Defense with 6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Jr DT Anthony Wayne (55) was outstanding in tonight's victory recording 6 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 fumble recovery and was stout in the middle of the defensive line.
Ground Game and Defense Rules the Night
Sep 19, 2014
Story and Photos by LC
The Ridgeway Roadrunners coming off their emotional win last week against Henry County did what they were expected to do, and that was beat Kirby. Ridgeway scored on it's first three posessions of the game taking a commanding 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind the running of Sr RB Earl Harrison, who was slashing and dealing on the Kirby defense for the 3 quarters that he played. Harrison rushed for an unofficial 217 yards on 21 carries by my count. Harrison scored the first TD from 5 yards out. Ridgeway defense stopped Kirby and on the next series Sr QB Braxton Conard found Sr WR Cayman Gordon from 30 yards out who made a spectacular catch in the back of the endzone to give Ridgeway a 14-0 lead.
6'3 Sr WR Cayman Gordon caught a spectacular 30 yard leaping TD in the back of the endzone in the 1st qtr.
Ridgeway marched down the field again behind Harrison and Lilotis Walker, who rushed for 78 yards on 9 carries. Harrison scored again from 5 yards out and the rout was on from there. The game was delayed some 40 mins as a referee had to get medical attention.
Sr QB Braxton Conard didn't have to do much. He completed 4 of 11 passes with 2TD and 1 interception. Conard's other TD was a great over the shoulder catch by Sr WR Katavious Taylor from 15 yards out. Ridgeway got another TD from Sr FB Larry Ward who capped the Ridgeway scoring with a 12 yard TD run up the middle in the 3rd qtr that made the score 42-0. Kirby would score 2 late 4th qtr meaningless TDs as the clock was allowed to run (mercy rule) with Ridgeway's backups in the game.
Sr OL Larry Palm and Jr RT Clarence Thornton (50) played a great game tonight. Much credit goes to the offensive line who paved the way tonight.
The defense was solid again tonight, virtually pitching a shutout until the waning moments. Tonight's defensive standout was Jr DT Anthony Wayne, who had 6 tackles, 1 for loss and 1 fumble recovery. Other notable defensive efforts were turned in by Jr SS Josh Malone 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, Sr DT Darnell Russell had 5 tackles, 1 sack, Sr DE Terry Fultz had 3 tackles and a forced fumble sack and So DT Marshall Anderson had 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, Jr LB Darron Johnson 5 tackles and the Roadrunners got 3 tackles each from Sr LB Monteris Boyd, Sr CB Nick Gordon and Sr DT Roman Hughes. Sr LB Alex Washington had an interception of a 2pt conversion. Great game Roadrunners who improve to 4-0 on the season and must get ready to face Whitehaven next week. The Roadrunners are ranked # 2 in the Commercial Appeal dandy Dozen and #2 in the state by AP.
Sr RB Earl Harrison Jr DT Anthony Wayne
Offense - Harrison rushed for 3TD and 217 yards on 21 carries in win over Kirby
Defense - Wayne was credited with 6 tackles from the DT spot and also had 1 fumble recovery and1 tackle for loss.
Heart of A Champion, Ridgeway Victorious in Total Team Effort!
The Roadrunners celebrate in the locker room following the victory!
RHS Win Thriller over Henry County 22-15 with 8 sec Remaining
Defense Stellar, Conard to K. Taylor Seals the Deal!
An exhausted Braxton Conard takes a moment to relax after the thrilling come from behind victory. Conard engineered the critical drive connecting with Taylor from 28 yards out with 8 sec remaining for the winning TD. Conard passed for 155 yards and 2TD and rushed for 31 yards.
Roadrunners Engineer Game Winning Championship Drive
Story and photos by LC (highlights below)
Sep 14, 2014
In my 7 years as RHS football media director, this has to go down as one of the most exciting victories in recent Roadrunner memory. #3 Ridgeway displayed the poised and heart of a champion tonight in defeating the #2 ranked team in the state Henry County 22-15. It was a match up of two state title contenders before a packed Patriot Stadium in Paris TN. With an estimated crowd of 10,000, the Roadrunners came to play tonight. It was a hard hitting defensive struggle in the first half as both teams failed to score in the first half. Ridgeway's defense was outstanding in stopping everything the Patriots did in the first half.
RHS LBs Darron Johnson (59), Monteris Boyd (45) and Darrion Jennings (20) was key in leading the defense tonight! They combined for 20 tackles in the contest!
You have to give Henry County credit as well for their ability to stop the Roadrunners powerful offense. Ridgeway was unable to sustain any offense in the first half.
On the first play of the 2nd half Henry County's RB broke from down the left sideline for 70 yards, but he was caught from behind by Sr FS Deharrius Smedley and tackled at the 8 yard line. Smedley played an outstanding ballgame with 9 tackles. The Roadrunners held Henry County out of the endzone and they settled for a FG to take a 3-0 lead early in the 3rd qtr.
Sr RB Earl Harrison (32) rushed for 148 yards on 23 carries and 1TD. Jr RB Lilotis Walker rushed for 46 yards on 5 carries. Harrison and Walker ran hard tonight and provided stability to the offense.
But the Roadrunners bounced back behind the running of Sr Earl Harrison, who gained 148 yards on 23 carries with 1TD, and Jr Lilotis Walker who rushed for 46 yards on 5 carries. Sr QB Braxton Conard, who played with great heart and toughness tonight begin to find his targets. He hit So WR Vincent Taylor for a 38 yard TD on 4th and 8 for Ridgeway's first TD to take a 7-3 lead. The Roadruuners defense stepped up big when Jr SS Josh Malone forced a fumble and recovered it at the Henry County 26 yard line. On the 1st play Earl Harrison slashed around the left side for a 26 yard TD run to make the score 14-3.
Sr WR Katavious Taylor (15) celebrates in the locker room with family after scoring the game winning TD. Taylor now has 4 TD in 3 games this season.
But Henry County would put together a drive and cut the lead to 14-9. Twice Ridgeway's defense stopped their 2pt conversion attempt. Then disaster struck in the 4th qtr when Henry County blocked a Ridgeway punt and got the ball deep in Ridgeway territory at the 7 yard line and scored a TD to take a 15-14 lead. Once again Ridgeway's defense held on the 2pt try. That's when the championship drive started. Ridgeway got the ball back with 2:20 left in the 4th facing 85 yards of field at its own 15 yard line. Coach Sutton kept Henry County off balance by mixing the run and pass on the critical drive. The Roadrunners kept marching down the field as the clock kept ticking.
Twice the Roadrunners converted on 4th down. When Ridgeway had got to the Henry County 27 yard line Conard spiked the ball to stop the clock with 15 sec to go. Then on the next play he found Sr WR Katavious Taylor in the right flat and Taylor put a couple juke moves on the defender and raced into the endzone with 8 sec remaining to give Ridgeway the lead. The Roadrunners went for 2pt and Conard hit Sr TE Marqutte Murdock to make the score 22-15. What a game.
Jr LB Taurus Henderson (41), So WR Vincent Taylor (2) and Jr DE Levon MIller (40) are happy about the victory. Each contributed to the win tonight. Taylor caught his first TD of the season tonight. Miller played tough against the run, and Henderson was great on special teams.
Sr QB Braxton Conard completed 11 of 19 for 155 and 2TD with 1 interception. He also rushed for 31 yards. Sr WR Katavious Taylor had 4 rec for 63 yards and the game winning TD. Caymon Gordon had 2 rec for 35 yards, Murdock 2 for 11 yards. So WR Vincent Taylor had 2 rec for 50 yards and 1TD.
Sr FS Deharrius Smedley (center) was a true leader out there tonight with 9 tackles, is all smiles after the big contest!
But once again, the Ridgeway defense was special tonight. Time and again, they forced Henry County to punt by stopping drives. The defense was led by Jr LB Darron Johnson with 10 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack, Sr FS Deharrius Smedley was very active tonight with 9 tackles, Sr CB Nick Gordon was credited with 7 tackles, 3 pass defended. Jr SS Josh Malone had 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Jr DT Anthony Wayne had 5 tackles, Sr LB Monteris Boyd 5 tackles 2 for loss, Sr DE Elontae Bateman 4 tackles 2 for loss, Jr DE Levon Miller had 4 tackles, and Jr DT Darnell Russell had 4 tackles. Sr LB Darion Jennings had 5 tackles.
The Roadrunners improve to 3-0 on the season. This was a HUGE win for the Roadrunners!
RHS vs Henry County 2014 Highlights
Sr QB Braxton Conard Sr FS Deharrius Smedley
Offense - Conard completed 11-19 passes for 155 yards and 2TD. He calmly led Ridgeway on the game winning drive in defeating defending state champion Henry County 22-15 at Henry County.
Defense - Smedley led Ridgeway with 9 tackles from the FS position and had a TD saving tackl by chasing down Henry County RB after a 70 yard run to save the TD. Smedley also has 2 pass breakups in the game.
Ridgeway Defeats Southwind 41-6
Defense Sparkling Good Tonight! Big Plays on Display!
Roadrunner's Jr LB Darron Johnson (59) had an awesome night with 17 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble rec, and 2 pass breakups
Ridgeway's Defense Menacing, Harrassing Southwind All Night!
Conard 4TD passes, Defense 4 Interceptions, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 6 sacks
Aug 5, 2014, Story by LC (highlights below)
The Ridgeway Roadrunners are showing everybody why they are considered legitimate state title contenders. With a business like approach, they dissected and destroyed Southwind tonight. The Roadrunners got 4TD passes from Sr. QB Braxton Conard and rode the back of its defense tonight, who played exceptionally well in this game. As we mentioned after game 1, So. CB Joseph Newberry is making a name for himself as he came up with 2 of those interceptions. Newberry now has 3 interceptions in his first 2 varsity games.
Ridgeway's usually reliable ground game was held in check for most of the night, but the sign of a good team is it's ability to find different ways to beat opponents with all facets of the game and that's what the Roadrunners did tonight.
Sr QB Braxton Conard passed for 203 yards and 4TD in win tonight. Conard has now tossed 7 TD in the first 2 games this season, and has been smooth and confident.
Conard, who is having a great season so far completed 10 of 17 passes for 203 yards and 4TD, with 1 interception, Sr RB Earl Harrison rushed 21 times for 63 yards, and Lilotis Walker added a TD and 46 rushing yards. Sr WR Katavious Taylor had 2 rec for 70 yards and 1 TD. Sr WR Cayman Gordon had 3 receptions for 52 yards and 1TD, Sr TE Marquette Murdock added 3 rec for 70 yards and 2TD. Conard also scrambled nicely tonight picking up 44 yards rushing.
But it was the defense that shined the brightest in this game. They held Southwind to just 224 yard offense and twice stopped Southwind inside the 5 yard line to prevent scores. Once again, the defense was led by emerging star Jr LB Darron Johnson who had 17 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 3 pass breakups. The hard hitting Jr LB is proving to be Ridgeway's defensive ace. Fr Ath Kundarrius Taylor scooped up a fumbled kick return and scampered 24 yards for the final TD to close out the scoring for Ridgeway.
Sr DE Terry Fultz had 5 tackles 2 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble. Jr DE Levon Miller had 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery. Sr LB Monteris Boyd had 3 tackles. Ridgeway got interceptions from Newberry (2), Sr FS Deharrius Smedley and So CB Nickolus Green got his 1st interception of his career. Smedley now has 13 interceptions in his fine Ridgeway career. The defense was spectacular tonight. There were many other players who contributed greatly to the win. Great game Ridgeway! The Roadrunners improve to 2-0 on the young season and now must prepare for the stiffest test of the season in traveling to Henry County to take on the Patriots.
Congrats to www.ridgewayfootball.net "Players of the Week" for the Southwind game.
Offense Defense Defense
Sr QB Braxton Conard Jr LB Darron Johnson So CB Joseph Newberry
Offense - Sr QB Braxton Conard completed 10 of 17 passes for 203 yards and 4TD. Conard also rushed for 44 yards.
Defense - Jr LB Darron Johnson led Ridgeway defense with 17 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 sacks and 3 pass breakups.
Defense - So CB Joseph Newberry had 4 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 2 interceptions
Roadrunners Dropping Bombs in 49-34 Air and Ground Attack
Sr QB Braxton Conard passed for 283 yards, 3TDs and was poised and confident leading Ridgeway to victory over Olive Branch 49-34 in the season opener. Sr WR Katavious Taylor (15) had 147 yards 2TD, both long bombs from Braxton Conard!
Offense Too Much for Olive Branch
QB Braxton Conard 3 TD passes, RB Earl Harrison 3TD Rushes and 233 yards
Story by LC
Aug 23, 2014 (Highlights below)
The Ridgeway Roadrunners opened the 2014 season against #5 ranked Olive Branch in front of an estimated 4,000 fans, a tough road opponent to be sure. But as Coach Sutton told me at the Jamboree, we have a good team and we have our eyes on the big prize this season. The way the Roadrunners played tonight is a good indication that Coach Sutton knows this team has the potential to go all the way. Olive Branch jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after an interception return for TD on the opening drive. But the Roadrunners kept their composure, executed its offensive game plan and went to work pounding the ball on the ground with Earl Harrison behind their massive offensive line.
Offensive Guard Larry Palm (78) help open holes and pass protected all night in helping the Roadrunners gain more than 600 yards on offense tonight. Jr LB Darron Johnson who led Ridgeway defense tonight with 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss, shares a moment with his mother after the game!
Harrison tied the game on a 12 yard TD run. Then on Ridgeway started dropping bombs when Sr QB Braxton Conard lofted a beautifully thrown 78 yard TD bomb to Sr WR Katavious Taylor who got behind the Olive Branch defense to give Ridgeway a 14-7 lead. Olive Branch would tie the game at 14-14 by halftime. But it was obvious that Ridgeway's offense would be hard to stop as they amassed 274 yards total offense in the 1st half alone.
Sr RB Earl Harrison who rushed for 233 yards and 3 TD in the win celebrates with family after the game.
The Roadrunners came out firing in the 2nd half when once again Conard threw a perfectly thrown 55 yard bomb to Katavious Taylor to give RHS a 21-14 lead. The Roadrunners defense played hard, but to Olive Branch credit they kept fighting back to tie the game again at 21-21. That's when Coach Sutton started alternating RB Harrison and RB Lilotis Walker who kept the rushing attack fresh. Time and again the Roadrunners kept getting 1st downs on the ground. Harrison broke free around the left side to go 58 yards for another TD to give Ridgeway a 28-21 lead. OB would tie it again at 28. Then Conard tossed his 3rd long bomb of the game, this time to Sr TE Marquette Murdock for a 70 yard TD.
Sr TE Marquette Murdock is all smiles after helping Ridgeway defeat Olive Branch. Murdock had 4 rec, including a 70 yard TD. Coach Sutton is proud of the way his team played tonight!
The defense step up its game and SS Josh Malone picked off the Olive Branch QB to set Ridgeway up with a short field. The Roadrunners got another TD from Harrison on a 20 yard TD scamper around the right side, his 3rd TD of the game. Sr FB D' Angelous Davis, who ran hard all night would add another TD run and the game was out of reach for Olive Branch.
Sr FB D'Angelous Davis (35) ran hard all night and scored on a 17 yard TD run in the 4th to seal the victory. So CB Joseph Newberry (17) was solid at CB with 5 tackles, 3 pass defended and 1 interception.
The Roadrunners got another interception from So CB Joseph Newberry, who played an outstanding ball game at CB with 5 tackles, 3 pass breakups. It was a spectacular night for the Roadrunners, who thrilled their fans with big play after big play. The defense was led by Jr LB Darron Johnson who had 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss. Sr LB Monteris Boyd also played an outstanding ball game with 5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. Sr. DE Terry Fultz had 2 tackles, 2 for loss. Much credit goes to the coaching staff who had the team ready to play mistake free football as the Roadrunners only had 3 penalties against them and only 1 turnover.
The offense racked up more than 600 yards of offense and scored 7TDs. PK Jonah Roberts made all 7 PATs
Great game Roadrunners!
Congrats to our offensive and defensive "Players of the Week", a new feature on the site for the 2014 season.
OFFENSE - Sr RB Earl Harrison DEFENSE - Jr LB Darron Johnson
Harrison was named Commercial Appeal offensive player of the week. Johnson was named Ridgewayfootball.net Defensive Player of the week.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE Ridgeway: Harrison picked up 233 yards on 26 carries and scored on runs of 9, 57 and 20 yards in a 49-34 victory over Olive Branch.
DEFENSE Ridgeway: Johnson was spectacular as he collected 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss. He also had 2 pass breakups in the win over Olive Branch.
DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS
1. Whitehaven 1-0
2. Ridgeway 1-0
3. Trezevant 1-0
4. East 1-0
5. MUS 0-1
6. Central 1-0
7. Olive Branch 0-1
8. Arlington 1-0
9. White Station 0-1
10. St. George’s 1-0
11. Craigmont 1-0
12. DeSoto Central 0-1
(tie) Southwind 0-1
Sr. QB Braxton Conard will be expected to lead a powerful Roadrunners offense this season. The Roadrunners open the season on the road at Olive Branch Aug 22nd.
Sr QB Braxton Conard has thrown for more than 40 TD in his career. The Sr QB looks to lead Ridgeway to the state championship this season. Conard told me "LC, I'm ready this year"!
ROADRUNNERS READY TO RUMBLE
WR Caymon Gordon (11) and Katavious Taylor (15) will be counted on to produce TDs this season!
The 2014 Ridgeway Roadrunners have a quiet confidence about their approach to this season. Supporters of the program understand why too. This team is poised to try and win it all this year. They have the talent and experience to do it. Infact, head coach Duron Sutton, who is usually very reserved in his comments to me, told me point blank "LC we will be good this season, I expect to compete for the state Championship".
As I watched other teams in this year's Jamboree at Whitehaven, one of the Whitehaven assistant coaches approached me and said "LC, man Ridgeway is loaded". He didn't have to tell me, I already knew it.
As I start my 7th season as the teams Media and Video Director, I too am very excited about the upcoming season. The Roadrunners are returning starters at virtually every position on the field, starting at QB where 3 year starter Braxton Conard enters his Sr year poised to have the best year of his fine career. Conard burst on the scene as a Sophomore and made the Best of Preps by throwing 27 TD and only 3 interceptions in 2012. Last season he had some tough moments, but gained valuable experience while tossing another 15 TD, but he had some tough games in the process.
Coach Sutton has been pleased with the way Braxton has bounced back and prepared himself for the season. Says coach Sutton "Braxton has worked hard. I think he was humbled a little last season, but I am pleased with the way he has bounced back and looks good. He is ready to go".
He will have plenty of help on offense with the return of the Memphis areas most potent rushing attack from 2013 with Earl Harrison (18TD) and Lilotis Walker (14TD), both who eclisped 1,000 yards last season. Harrison rushed for more than 1,700 yards. At WR the Roadrunners return both starters in Caymon Gordon (5TD) and Katavious Taylor (5TD) from last season. Look for the Roadrunners to use the explosive abilities of So WR Vincent Taylor, whom Coach Sutton says "he is a player".
Sr TE Marquette Murdock, who has now added muscle and bulked up to 225lb will be counted on to produced big time this season.
The Roadrunners return All District TE Marquette Murdock. The 3 yr starter has been a star every since his first game as a 10th grader and I feel he will have his best year. Murdock has bulked up to 6'2 225. Murdock has caught 10 TD in his career. The offensive line will be anchored by returning standout starters Sr OT Cameron Jones and Sr OG Larry Palm.
Sr OG Larry Palm 6'3 315 is a versatile big man and should get some looks from colleges
Sr. DE Terry Fultz, now 6'5 260 will lead the Ridgeway defense
The defense returns plenty of starters also. Sr DE Terry Fultz is a 3 year starter and should have an outstanding Sr season. Look for Fultz to dominate. Sr DE Elontae Bateman has been a good player and starter for 3 years as well. Jr DT Anthony Wayne will man up in the trenches with the best. At LB Jr Darron Johnson returns after having a surprisingly spectacular So season. He may be Ridgeway's best defender. Look for solid play from Sr LB Darion Jennings, Sr LB Monteris Boyd, and contribution from Jr LB Taurus Henderson. The secondary returns two starters from last season in Sr CB Nick Gordon, and Jr SS Josh Gordon. Place kicking will be handled by returning Sr K Jonah Roberts, who converted 95 percent of all PATS last season. It should be an exciting season. The Roadrunners play another tough schedule, but for some reason this season it appears the Roadrunners are ready to prove that they are indeed title contenders. Let's go Roadrunners....it's time for some football!
Aug. 22 at Olive Branch, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 at Southwind, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Henry Co., 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Kirby, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Whitehaven at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 Germantown at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Collierville at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Houston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 East at Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 Wooddale at Halle, 7 p.m.