Ridgway falls short in championship

LITTLE ROCK – Ridgway Christian’s youth showed as it fell short of winning an Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state championship in its first season.

Little Rock’s Southwest Christian racked up the title with a 36-6 win Friday night at Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Ridgway, which finished the year 3-3, stymied Southwest early, but Southwest exploded when it finally broke the scoring ice and raced to a 30-0 halftime lead and a 36-0 advantage going in the fourth quarter. Ridgway’s only points came on Larry Tate’s 25-yard touchdown run midway of the final period.

Ezra Tole helped in leading Ridgway’s defensive charge by recovering a Southwest fumble.

“They were more seasoned than us,” said Ridgway coach Trent Young. “It was the fundamental things that got us beat tonight. We just didn’t get the things done that we needed to to make things happen for us. But we had a great season and we got great support and we had a great group of guys.

“We had an undefeated junior high team that won state this year, so we’re looking forward to next year,” Young continued. “I’m proud of these young men and what they accomplished.”

Ridgway had lost to Southwest twice previously, falling by 34-16 in the season opener and 38-28 the following week.