RIDGEWAY — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers weren’t for sure what to expect out of their key NWCC matchup with Ridgemont going into Friday’s game.
However, it appeared the Golden Gophers were totally oblivious. The Tigers ran roughshod over their opponent to secure a 53-0 win and take over sole possession of the NWCC lead.
“We needed a good comeback after last week,” W-G head coach Gary Spencer said after the game. “This was definitely what we needed. We focused on four quarters and I was very happy with their performance.”
The Tigers were able to overcome the turnoff bug that plagued them six times in last weeks loss. As a result, the Tiger ground game chewed up chunks of yards regularly,, running the ball 44 times for 375 yards for ann average of 8.5 per carry. Gabe Hennon had his most productive night of the year with 186 yards and quarterback Garret Miller also tucked and ran for 114 more. The air attack was working as well, as Miller needed only four completion out of his seven attempts to light up the air with 111 yards. Miller ran for three scores and passed for another in the win.
Meanwhile, the Tiger defense took care of their end of the bargain, holding a Ridgemont offense that had been averaging 370 yards a game to less than half of that a 163.
W-G had rolled up a 41-0 lead by halftime, allowing Spencer to empty the bench and get plenty of bench players some playing time. Offensive tackle Cody Schlegel even got into the swing of things, taking a handoff for five yards and a score in the third quarter.
After Waynesfield had jumped to a 14-0 lead, it appeared the Golden Gophers might have finally gathered some rhythm, marching to the Tiger 10-yard line in 18 plays. However, the defense put a stop to the drive, sand the flood gates opened.
“That seemed to be the turning point of the game,” Spencer said.
A week after falling into a four way tie for first, the Tigers now take sole possession of first place in the NWCC at 3-1. Fort Loramie, Perry, and Fairbanks trail at 2-1 each. The Tigers take on Fairbanks next week and can secure at least a tie for the title with a win.
“We will have our work cut out for us next week,” Spencer said.