LITTLE ROCK – Pine Bluff’s Ridgway Christian Eagles showed improvement here Friday, but not enough to claim a win in their second game against Southwest Christian.
Coach Trent Young’s Eagles took an 8-6 lead in the second quarter, but Southwest rallied for an 18-8 halftime lead. The Eagles kept matters close into the final moments, trailing by just 24-16 and driving with less than two minutes left. Ridgway suffered a turnover, however, and Southwest then scored on a long run to settle the issue.
Two weeks ago, Ridgway (0-2) fell to the defending state champions by 38-28.
“Our kids played hard,” said Young. “They have grown up quite a bit in the past couple of weeks. We played better tonight.”
Larry Tate led Ridgway’s ground attack, picking up 183 yards on 27 carries. He also scored a two-point conversion. As a team, the Eagles registered 193 rushing yards.
Ridgway quarterback Cody Andersen scored both of the Eagles touchdowns on quarterback sneaks. He completed two passes for 21 yards and threw for a two-point conversion.
Andersen, his twin brother Jacob Andersen, Jacob Dedman and Ezra Tate were Ridgway’s leading tacklers.
“We were hitting harder tonight,” said Young. “We’re wrapping up better. I’m proud of our guys. Overall, I was well satisfied.”
Ridgway plays next week at El Dorado Christian.