Pleasant Ridge took a 56-6 win over Jefferson County North on Thursday to seal the district championship and extend their winning streak to eight games.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams made a statement heading into the postseason with a 56-6 win over Jefferson County North on Thursday night. The victory earned the Rams the district championship and gives them a home game Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to start playoffs.
Pleasant Ridge controlled every aspect of Thursday’s contest, coach Chris Powers said, taking a 49-0 lead by the break.
“The kids played really well,” Powers said. “We were dominate on both sides of the ball.”
The only touchdown for the Chargers came as time expired, a 36-yard pass getting JCN into the endzone but the game ending before they had time for the PAT attempt. The Ram defense, Powers said, did a good job keeping JCN from producing anything on offense.
“They couldn’t do anything,” Powers said. ‘We pretty much just shut them down.”
Will Ryan and Austin Haddock led the defense with eight tackles each. Brian Heintzelman, Mike Reed and Cody Hunt each added seven tackles for the Rams as Matt Ransom and Levi Riddle notched six tackles a piece in the rout of the Chargers.
The ever-potent Ram offense, which had out-scored opponents 321-71 coming into Thursday’s game, was doing business as usual with the help of solid play by the offensive line.
“Our line blocked awesome,” Powers said. “Will Ryan had all kinds of room to run and Matt Hager had all kinds of time to throw.”
Ryan started the Rams off with a pair of rushing touchdowns, using a 29-yard run to put up the first six points of the game and a 5-yard run for the next touchdown. Ryan ran in the two-point conversion on his second touchdown to bring the Pleasant Ridge total to 14.
Matt Hager was the next to find the endzone, taking the ball in 42-yards on a quarterback keeper. Gary Flack connected on the kick to push the advantage to 21-0. Hager was in on the next touchdown as well, with a 56-yard pass to Chad Bailey. Flack was once again success on the PAT kick.
Hager’s success through the air continued with an 11-yard pass to Terell Jordan for six more points and Flack tacked on the extra point with his third successful kick of the night.
Ryan punched the ball in three more times on the night, with Flack making the kick on each of the final three touchdowns. Ryan took the ball in 16 yards, seven yards and 41 yards to complete his five-touchdown night.
Hager ended the night going 6-9 passing for 142 yards and adding 80 rushing yards on six carries.
Bailey was on the receiving end of Hager’s passes twice for a total of 76 yards. Cody Kear had one reception for 17 yards and Cliff Robinson made one catch for 22 yards. Jordan caught one pass for 11 yards and Dexter Adams also had one reception for 11 yards.
From here, the Rams are looking to extend their win streak to nine games and move on in the postseason.
“Now we’re just focusing on Tuesday,” Powers said.
Pleasant Ridge brings an 8-1 record to Tuesday’s game, their lone loss coming in the first game of the season.