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Ridgemont off to 2-0 start after beating Crestline

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After waiting more than a decade to get a win in its season opener, Ridgemont’s football team jumped right back into the win column Friday.

The Gophers are off to a 2-0 start after racing past host Crestline for a 48-14 win on Friday in non-league action.

Ridgemont piled up 557 yards of total offense and had 425 rushing yards.

In the first quarter, Gophers quarterback Tyler Tillman had a 1-yard touchdown run for the team’s first score, but the extra-point attempt failed.

Tillman came back to throw a 15-yard TD pass to Tim Cowan and Justice McGue ran in a two-point conversion. That put Ridgemont ahead 14-0.

Crestline scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to tie the game 14-14. Ridgemont was unable to find the end zone and the game remained tied at halftime.

Tillman and Cowan were big for the Gophers in the third quarter as Tillman found his receiver for three passing touchdowns.

Tillman threw a 10-yard TD pass to Cowan, and then the two connected again for a two-point conversion pass. Tillman found Cowan for a 12-yard touchdown strike, but the two-point conversion failed. The final score came on a 57-yard pass to Cowan and the two-point conversion failed again.

Those scores boosted Ridgemont’s lead to 34-14.

In the fourth quarter, Cowan had a 32-yard touchdown run and the Gophers also completed a two-point conversion pass. That made it 42-14 in favor of Ridgemont.

Justice McGue added a final touchdown for Ridgemont with a 6-yard run.

McGue led the Gophers’ offense with 159 rushing yards, while Cowan had 156 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards.

Defensively, Cowan had five tackles and two sacks, Tillman had eight tackles and Zane Connolly had an interception.

RIDGEMONT 48, CRESTLINE 14

Ridgemont    14     0    20   14    –    48

Crestline    0    14      0       0    –    14

TEAM STATISTICS    RG        CR

First downs        22        8

Total net yards        557        105

Rushes/yards        58/425    22/50

Passing        132        55

Comp-att-int        7-20-0    3-14-0

Punts/avg        1/2        1/23

Fumbles-lost        1-0        0-0

Penalties-yards        16-150    16-115

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