BOSCOBEL - The River Ridge football team established itself as the stronger, more physical team from the opening kickoff on Friday night, Sept. 6 at River Ridge High School, and went on to humble the Bulldogs by the final score of 59-0.
The Timberwolves jumped out to a commanding 44-0 lead after just one quarter. River Ridge’s first play from scrimmage, a sweep around the Bulldog right flank, resulted in a 16 yard gain and gave the Timberwolves a first down on the Bulldog 47 yard line. The next play, a long pass against the left side of Boscobel’s defense, resulted in touchdown, and the rout was on.
Boscobel was unable to pick up a first down on three plays and were forced to punt, setting up River Ridge in good field position at the Bulldog 44 yard line. From there River Ridge used their fullback to pound the Boscobel middle on three of the next four plays and move the ball to the Boscobel 12 yard line. From there, a quick out turned into a touchdown and the two point conversion made the score 16-0 with just under five minutes gone in the quarter.
The River Ridge defense set up their next score as they put Boscobel in a third and long situation, then picked off a Bulldog pass, returning it to the Boscobel four yard line. They scored on the first play, a sweep around their left end, then converted for two points and a 24-0 lead.
River Ridge continued to dominate, forcing another Bulldog turnover on the second play of the next possession, giving them the ball again, this time at the Boscobel five yard line. River Ridge scored on a quarterback keep, and followed up by kicking the extra-point, making the score 31-0 with 5:52 to play in the first quarter. Two more turnovers resulted in scores for River Ridge, bringing the quarter to an end with score 44-0 Timberwolves.
River Ridge subbed liberally the rest of the game but their strength and conditioning were obvious as they went on to finish off the 59-0 victory.
Coach Wayne Otto and his staff recognize that their team must match the physical nature of the teams they are playing and plan to increase the amount of contact moving forward.
The coach stated, “Due to low numbers and trying to avoid injuries, we have limited the amount of contact in practice. It has become clear we simply have to increase the physical nature of our practices in order to be ready for Friday nights.”The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 13 as the team travels to Hazel Green to take on another former SWAL football program, Southwestern. The Wildcats are 1-2, having lost to Cambridge 20-12 this past Friday evening.