New Cedar Ridge football coach Steve Johnson wasn’t there to see it, but the Red Wolves ran his new offense almost to perfection Friday night and rolled over the top of out-manned Carrboro in a 54-15 rout.
Shemar Miles rushed 18 times for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Peyton Pappas threw for 108 yards and scored 3 more TDs for Cedar Ridge (1-0).
Cedar Ridge scored every time it had the ball except for the final possession, when the Red Wolves went into their “victory formation” and took a knee to run out the clock.
The Red Wolves took the field without Johnson, who is battling health issues that arose in the pre-season. Interim head coach Scott Loosemore, who arrived at Cedar Ridge this year as Johnson’s defensive coordinator, served as head coach Friday night.
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On third-and-10 on Carrboro’s first possession deep in its own territory, Cedar Ridge defensive lineman Nate Lewis sacked Jaguar freshman quarterback Gordon Guest. That killed the drive and set the tone for the rest of the game, as Cedar Ridge stymied Carrboro most of the night.
They said it
Scott Loosemore: “Peyton is a very smart quarterback. He’s a son of a coach (Jim Pappas), so it shows up on the football field. He can look around and see a lot of things that are open that a lot of kids his age don’t see.”
Three who mattered:
1. Peyton Pappas: The Red Wolves’ senior quarterback mastered head coach Steve Johnson’s zone-read offense and led Cedar Ridge to scores on its first nine possessions. He connected on 9 of 12 passes and, perhaps most importantly, never got flustered even as he was reading Carrboro’s defense on the fly.
2. Shemar Miles: His quick cuts off tackle kept Carrboro off-balance, helping Pappas out by making the Jaguars respect the run. He had 81 yards and two touchdowns on just 9 carries before halftime.
3. Trenton Gill: His point-afters and kickoffs completed the package for Cedar Ridge. Only one of his kickoffs failed to get into the endzone, limiting Carrboro to a single kickoff return from the goal line. (The Jaguars got only to the 19.)
By the numbers
6 - Carrboro first downs. Three of them came on Carrboro’s second possession, a 19-play, 80-yard drive, capped by an 11-yard run by Tabian Sales.
0 - interceptions thrown in the game. Pappas was forced out of the pocket only once, and it resulted in him scrambling to find Simon Little open for a 39-yard touchdown play right before halftime. Carrboro’s freshman QB, Gordon Guest, completed just 6 of 14 passes, but he made good decisions much of the night and managed a 79-yard strike to Chris Thompson for a late touchdown.
4 - head coaches for Cedar Ridge in four years, counting Loosemore.