With five straight wins to start the season, the Pleasant Ridge football team had high hopes that it could compete in one of the state’s toughest districts.
By the end of Thursday night, those aspirations were finally put to rest.
The Rams dropped its fourth straight contest when visiting Rossville defeated Ridge 42-0, officially ending Pleasant Ridge’s 2011 season. The defeat gave PR a 5-4 overall record, 0-3 district mark.
“It was just a rough way to end the year,” Rams head coach Chris Powers said. “The kids tried hard all year and they had a good year. We still had a winning season and there was a lot to be proud of. It was just a rough four game stretch there at the end.”
Against 7-1 Rossville, Pleasant Ridge had trouble from the get-go. The Rams received the opening kickoff and gained just two yards on three plays. Following a punt, Rossville drove down into Ridge’s red zone, but the home team stiffened on four straight plays to keep the scoreboard spotless.
That quickly changed though, when on the next play Dalton Warden overthrew his intended receiver and Kyle Hammer returned it 25 yards for a Bulldog touchdown. Ridge’s next series was another three and out, which Rossville then converted into seven points thanks to a four-yard run by Dalton Catron.
At the end of the first quarter, the visitors held a 14-0 advantage.
“This was tough,” Powers said of the Ram’s district pool that included 7-1 Silver Lake as well as 6-2 McLouth. “We tried to tell them, it’s going get tougher, tougher and tougher and it panned out exactly like that.”