Slow start stifles Pleasant Ridge
McLouth’s message to the Pleasant Ridge football team Friday was simple — pick your poison.
After racking up rushing yards all season, the Bulldogs bucked its conventional offense and used an aerial attack against PR.
The Rams didn’t handle the change well and lost 47-20.
“We played tough, but just not very smart,” PR head coach Pat McCollim said. “We didn’t execute our game plan on defense and just had some mental breakdowns that let them throw the ball.”
A first quarter touchdown run from Blake Graham had Ridge even with McLouth through one quarter Friday.
However, the Bulldogs scored 16 unanswered points in the second to build up a 22-6 advantage at half.
“Part of our scheme was to shut down their run, which we did well,” McCollim said. “But they went through the air and just beat us that way.”
The home team posted 12 points in the second quarter, which overshadowed Nick Holmes’ rushing touchdown for PR in the same period.
In the fourth, Riley Camp found pay dirt for Ridge and with the converted two-point conversion, the Rams’ point total reached 20.
Nonetheless, McLouth put up 13 more points in the fourth to take the 27-point victory.
“I think I could have done a better job playing call,” the PR coach said. “I got a little too cute and I should have stuck more to some things that we were doing right.”
Graham led the team with 166 yards rushing on 13 carries while Holmes collected 82 yards on 18 carries and Camp had 57 yards on 13 carries.
PR, 2-3, will host Valley Falls at Hayden Field Friday at 7 p.m.