For the first time this season, the Pleasant Ridge football team walked off the field Friday night without shouts, cheers or laughter. They shared no high-fives nor slaps, and there was no excitement.
The Rams slowly strolled to its locker room quiet and riddled in thought because for the first time this year, the team had just tasted defeat. Behind a 20-point fourth quarter, ACCHS upset PR 30-7 on its homecoming night to ruin its perfect season.
“They were pretty physical and a good team,” Ridge head coach Chris Powers said. “They have the horses up front and the same way we beat them last year with a big, physical quarterback they beat us this year with a big, physical quarterback.”
The contest didn’t start great for the Rams. On the game’s opening possession, the Tigers stopped Ridge on three straight plays before traveling 54 yards to set up a 24-yard Jacob Hansen field goal. Ridge’s next possession was another quick series that ended with a punt, but two plays later Dalton Warden intercepted a deep ACCHS pass and returned it to the visitors’ 34.
The Rams would convert two first downs before stalling on the Tigers 18 and after a fourth down pass from Warden fell incomplete, ACCHS took back over as the first quarter ended.