Ridgeview goes to 3-1 with win

In a game with much more favorable conditions than last week’s contest, the Ridgeview Mustangs entered their matchup with the Heyworth Hornets with much confidence Friday night.
    After upsetting the El Paso-Gridley Titans just a week ago in Lexington, the Mustangs were able to pull out a 21-7 victory against the Hornets Friday in Colfax.
    Both teams got off to a rather slow start, as punts were exchanged in the first four possessions of the ball game. It wasn’t until the second quarter that either team had a drive lasting more than six plays.
    Starting at their own 33 yard line, the Mustangs used a 12-play, 67-yard drive lasting 5:15 to finally put the first points of the game up on the board. The drive was capped off by Josh Hardman, who punched it in from three yards out. Hardman had a couple of other nice runs on the drive to move the Mustangs into scoring position.
    On the ensuing possession, Ridgeview forced a quick three-and-out, prompting a punt by the Hornets. Ryan Benton muffed the punt, however, and the Hornets recovered at the Ridgeview 31-yard line. Heyworth seemed to be in business at this point with plenty of time still remaining on the clock.
    But it was the Mustangs’ defense that came up huge as the Hornets could not get anything going. A pass from Heyworth quarterback Gavin Hicklin to Ryan Hickenbottom fell incomplete on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Mustangs with two minutes left in the half.
    From their own 27-yard line, the Mustangs put together a nice drive before the half but could not punch it in, going into the break with a 7-0 lead.
    Ridgeview continued to dominate the line of scrimmage in the second half. Out of the gate, the Mustangs drove down the field and added to their lead on a 32-yard scamper down the sideline by Benton. Charlie Kirkhorn’s extra point was again good, giving Ridgeview a 14-0 advantage with 9:08 left in the third quarter.
    The shattering point in the game for Heyworth came in the middle of the third quarter. The Hornets were slowly moving the ball down the field before running back Andrew Sims coughed it up. Ridgeview’s Grant VanVickle came up with it, putting the Mustangs in great field position at the 50-yard line.
    It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to find the end zone again. This time it was Tate Walcott going down the right sideline from 25 yards to make it 21-0 with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
    The Hornets would respond on their next possession. Running back Andrew Sims took over at quarterback in a wildcat-like setting with fellow tailback Chase Ditchen lined up beside him. After a run-heavy drive by the Hornets, Sims found Hickenbottom in the deep right corner of the end zone for the lone Hornets’ score, making it 21-7 with 7:51 left in the game.
    The Mustangs (3-1, 2-1) displayed a balanced attack on offense, led by Hardman’s 101 rushing yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. Benton finished with 68 yards on 10 carries and a score, while Walcott added 51 yards on 9 attempts and a touchdown. VanVickle also contributed 48 yards rushing on 10 carries. He had a 23-yard reception to his name as well.
    The Hornets (1-3, 1-3) were led on the evening by Sims, who rushed for 86 yards on 21 attempts. He also had a 26-yard passing touchdown.