RIDGEFIELD - Ridgefield routed Ilwaco 63-0 there Saturday in Trico League football action. Spudder senior scat back, 5'6" Jonny Peru raced and wrangled through and around the Fishermen defense for 200 yards, two touchdowns, and two 2-point conversions.
Peru touched the ball 13 times in two and a half quarters.
Ilwaco, playing in their third varsity game in nine days, rushed for a net of -11 yards on the ground for the contest, with Josh Gray being the only effective ball carrier. The Fishermen passing attack was a positive, as Ryan Cadwell completed 7-14 passes for 160 yards and Nick Leonard was 4-6 for 22 yards.
Early in the third quarter Cadwell hit Tony Crete for a long gainer and then Tommy Inserra caught a pass and wriggled free to the two yard line of the Spuds, only to see Ilwaco's sole scoring threat come up short. Reserves were used liberally in the final quarter.
Coach Ned Bittner said, "I don't think we were mentally or physically as ready as we could have been. We did not break down and wrap up when we tackled and Ridgefield seemed to have great field position all night."
He went on to say, "We will be making some adjustments in the offensive line this week and hopefully a normal week of practice and the prospect of a big homecoming game will get us excited to compete against one of the league's best teams, LaCenter."
The Fishermen, 0-6 for the season, will battle the Wildcats Friday at Peterson Field in Ilwaco at 7 p.m.
Ridgefield 12 23 7 21 -63
Ilwaco 0 0 0 0 -0
First Quarter Scoring: Ridge-11:30 Jonny Peru 29 run (kick failed)
Ridge-9:05 Reese Christopher 9 run (kick failed)
Second Quarter: Ridge-8:46 Peru 30 run (Peru run)
Ridge-5:29 Pat Byrne 9 Pass from Jordan Davis (Peru run)
Ridge-1:06 Kevin Bestul 1 run (Davis Kick)
Ridge-5:21 Byrne 24pass from Davis (Davis kick)
Fourth: Ridge-11:16 Christopher 8 run(Davis kick)
Ridge-5:10 Jordan VanWhye 6 run (Davis kick)
Ridge-2:00 Corey Pfeifer 4 run (Davis Kick)
Ridgefield-Peru 12-171, Christopher 8-73, Bestul 7-71, Van Whye 3-22, Mike Nehring 4-20, Pheifer 3-14, Brian Cobb 1-3, Michael Sines 1-4, Davis 3-(-21)
Ilwaco-Josh Gray 9-26, Rocky Mirelez 8-(-7), Mike Kangas 3-2, Ryan
Cadwell 8-(-17), Ken Marroquin 3-(-5), Nick Leonard 1-(-10).
Passing: Ridgefield-Davis 4-5, 99 yards, 2 TD's
Ilwaco-Cadwell 7-14, 160 yards; Leonard 4-6, 22 yards
Receiving: Ridgefield-Byrne 3-70, Peru 1-29
Ilwaco-Crete 5-90, Inserra 2-56, Cadwell 2-24, Mirelez 1-2, Schaak 1-10
Rushing 44-357 32 for -11
Passing 4-5, 99 11-20, 182
Total yards 456 171
Penalties 15-125 8-52