After blowing a 13-0 second-half lead, Riverside needed a beautiful, cut-back, 47-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Kaligah Murrell with 4:04 left in Friday night’s nonconference game to defeat Cedar Ridge 19-13.
The Red Wolves had tied the game at 13-all just 51 seconds prior to Murrell’s heroics. Cedar Ridge had a chance to tie or go ahead, but their final drive stalled with 30 seconds remaining.
Riverside improved to 2-2 with its first win since defeating 3A Chapel Hill in the season-opener. Cedar Ridge was 2-2 after its second loss in three games.
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The Red Wolves drove to the Pirates 40 yard line with 1 minute, 50 seconds remaining in the game, but a bad snap from center forced quarterback Peyton Pappas to fall on the ball back at Cedar Ridge’s 46. The Red Wolves never recovered.
They said it
“I told my teammates ‘This is our time. This is for us. Just keep your composure,’” said Murrell after Cedar Ridge tied the game.
Three who mattered
Peyton Pappas, Cedar Ridge: Despite going 0-6 in his first six passing attempts, and only one completion in the first half, Pappas kept his composure to go 13 of 15 for 154 yards and a TD in the second half.
Kaligah Murrell, Cedar Ridge: Carried the ball 11 times for 149 yards and two TD runs of 38 and 47 yards. “I trust my teammates, and I knew I had to keep playing hard,” he said.
DeAnthony Bright, Riverside: The freshman running back gave Riverside its second 100-yard rusher on 10 carries for 115 yards – all in the second half.
By the numbers
3: Third-string sophomore quarterback Cole Infinito started the game behind center for Riverside.
9: Scoreless quarters for Riverside since scoring a TD before Friday.
6: Straight incomplete passes by Cedar Ridge QB Peyton Pappas.
14: Total yards rushing by the Red Wolves in the first half.