Ridgway wins AACS state championship

LITTLE ROCK – On the back of junior quarterback Jacob Andersen, the Ridgway Christian Eagles won their first-ever Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state championship with a 56-14 win over Southwest Christian Academy at the Arkansas School for the Deaf on Friday.

Andersen finished the game with 13 carries for 141 yards with four touchdowns as the Eagles defeated SCA for the third time this season.

Andersen scored two touchdowns in the first quarter with two 40-yard touchdown keepers to give the Eagles a 16-0 lead.

Andersen scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter including a 12-yard run early in third and a 21-yard option keeper midway through the quarter.

At the end of the third quarter, Jacob’s twin brother Cody Andersen scored on a two-yard run.

Following a touchdown by SCA, Cody returned the kickoff 65-yards for a touchdown. It gave Ridgway a 46-6 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Cody Andersen finished the game with 11 carries for 66 yards with a touchdown. Jacob Dedman had six carries for 26 yards with a touchdown and Andrew McMahon had three carries for 22 yards.

Cody Andersen led the defense with 12 tackles. Lucas Blake had 10 and Dedman had nine tackles for Ridgway.

“It was a great defensive effort,” head coach Trent Young said.

Tanner Taylor was injured in the first half and was taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Young said they believed it was a serious neck injury but everything came back negative and Taylor was scheduled to be release from the hospital on Friday night.