Cedar Ridge played a good game in two quarters Friday and got a 42-16 victory against 4A East Chapel Hill in a game shortened to one half by stormy weather.
"It was a crazy week, with a holiday and a practice rained out," first-year Cedar Ridge coach Clay Jones said after collecting his second win. "For us to come out here and get a win with not such a great week of preparation, that's pretty good.”
Peyton Pappas threw two touchdown passes on Cedar Ridge's first two possessions and ran in another himself with 20 seconds left in the second quarter.
Cedar Ridge's Julius Walton led all rushers in the first half with 76 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries.
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Pappas threw a 14-yard pass to Chris McCoy and a 4-yarder to Demetrious Lyles to put Cedar Ridge up 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
East Chapel Hill (0-3) muffed the opening kickoff to help set up the first touchdown for Cedar Ridge (2-1) but was within 12 points late in the second quarter.
"That first kickoff set us back some, but we fought back," said East Chapel Hill coach Mike Holderman, also in his first year. "The offense picked up. We were one block away several times from a great play."
East freshman Amier Alston ran for first-half touchdowns on dashes of 27 and 21 yards– both set up by his kickoff returns of 73 and 77 yards. Two two-point conversion passes by East's Brater Gerber, to Adam Garzon and Jack Stone, helped East hold Cedar Ridge to a 28-16 lead midway through the second quarter.
"We're just trying to keep fighting,” Gerber said. “We’re sorry the game ended early. We were ready.”
Sophomore Shemar Miles scored on a 3-yard run that put Cedar Ridge up 34-16 with 3:37 left in the first half, moments after a torrential downpour sent fans scurrying from the metal stands.
After forcing East into a three-and-out, Cedar Ridge took seven plays to score the last TD of the half on Pappas's 4-yard keeper.
Lightning sighted south of Cedar Ridge minutes into halftime caused a rolling series of 30-minute delays. After the fourth time the countdown was re-set to 30:00, the coaches conferred with Cedar Ridge athletics director Andy Simmons and agreed to half the game where it was.
"Everybody agreed to call the game and make it a win for Cedar Ridge, Simmons said. "It's early in the year, and the most important thing is the safety of the kids.”