Kevin Wright of Cedar Ridge returned one of his two interceptions Friday night 70 yards for a touchdown to highlight the Red Wolves’ 60-0 victory over Carrboro.
Wright’s pickoff of a deep pass over the middle and run along Cedar Ridge’s sideline came with 3.8 seconds left before halftime, giving Cedar Ridge (1-0) a 30-0 lead.
Cedar Ridge’s defense scored again with 12 minutes, 44 seconds left in the game, earning a safety after a high snap sailed over quarterback T.K. Passant’s head and through Carrboro’s end zone.
The defensive performance helped ruin the debut of Carrboro’s Ken Lathan, a former Millbrook assistant, as a head coach.
Just getting on the field was a victory of sorts for Carrboro, which had to forfeit two of its last three games in 2015 for a lack of players. The Jaguars dressed out 40 for Friday’s season opener.
Cedar Ridge head coach Scott Loosemore said afterward that a shutout was a nice way to start the season, but that he’d like his team to work on its rushing game. But Cedar Ridge’s runners played on only half a field most of the night. Thanks to four Carrboro turnovers, the Red Wolves started all but two possessions inside Jaguar territory.
Carrboro had reason it could mount a comeback late in the first half, with the Jaguar offense finally getting some positive yardage with successive completions by junior quarterback Samuel Walker. But Walker got over-ambitious with a deep pass over the middle that floated too long for Wright to resist. Crossing over the middle, Wright plucked the ball away from the would-be Carrboro receiver and kept going full speed toward the Cedar Ridge sideline, cut the corner and ran untouched 70 yards for a touchdown, making it a 30-0 margin.
Three to know
London Saunders: led Cedar Ridge’s rushing with just 48 yards on 11 carries, scoring touchdowns on runs of 8 and 3 yards.
Shermar Miles: scored three times for Cedar Ridge, including the game’s first touchdown on a 14-yard catch of a pass from quarterback Phillip Berger III in his first start. Miles’ 1-yard plunge gave the Red Wolves a 13-0 lead, and he scored to cap the first possession of the second half with a 3-yard touchdown run.
John Williams capped the game’s scoring with a 22-yard run around left end as Cedar Ridge was trying to run out the clock.
Trenton Gill: a Cedar Ridge soccer player who’s getting Div. I football offers for his kicking skills, nailed a 43-yard field goal late in the first half and consistently put kickoffs into the end zone to help stymie Carrboro’s struggling offense.
They said it
“It was a nice way to start the season, but we still have a lot to work on. I’ll be just as nervous next week.” Scott Loosemore, Cedar Ridge head coach.
Cedar Ridge (1-0) travels to Siler City to face Jordan-Matthews. The Jets won 40-29 last year at Cedar Ridge.
Carrboro (0-1) plays at East Chapel Hill. The Wildcats won their only game last year, 30-27, at Carrboro.