Ridgeway comes back to defeat Lexington

Ridgeway to face Memphis East for chance at championship game

Terry Davis, Special to TSDMemphis.com | 11/15/2016, 11:17 a.m.
Ridgeway to face Memphis East for chance at championship game

The Ridgeway Roadrunners advanced to the third round of the TSSAA playoffs with a 31-24 come-from-behind win over the Lexington Tigers at Kirby High School. The win avenged Ridgeway’s 2015 playoff loss to the Tigers.

Things did not start great for Ridgeway. They had only four offensive plays in the first quarter. Lexington used a potent ground game to grind out long drives early in the game. The Tiger attack was led by senior RB Darrius Bomer. Bomer is 5’10” 200-pound bruiser who was averaging just over 4.2 yards per carry in the first half.

Bomer scored on a 3-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to give the Tigers an early 7-0. The Tigers started the drive on the Roadrunners 33-yard line after Ridgeway attempted a rushing play on fourth and two, but were stopped short.

Ridgeway’s second drive did not go any better. Edwin Hendrix lost four yards on a rushing attempt and Tyrique Sandusky threw two incomplete passes, forcing Ridgeway’s Daniel King to punt.

Ridgeway finally got some traction when they inserted Vincent King at QB in their Roadrunner package. The Tigers were not ready for this package and the Roadrunners scored on an eight-yard run by Kundarrius Taylor. Daniel King missed the extra point and Ridgeway still trailed 7-6.

Lexington answered with a 61-yard TD punt return by Dawson Brown and the extra point was good to extend the lead to 14-6.

Ridgeway’s Sandusky found his rhythm and connected with Robert King on three consecutive passes, including a 49-yard TD connection to make it 14-12. Ridgeway’s two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Lexington blocked Daniel King’s punt attempt and started their drive on the Ridgeway’s 18-yard line with 1:26 left in the first half. However, the Roadrunners defense forced the Tigers to settle for a 32-yard field goal. The Tigers took a 17-12 lead into the half.

Early in the second half, it looked like Lexington would maintain their momentum. On the first possession of the half, Bomer broke free of the Roadrunner initial line and ran for 53 yards before being stopped at the 8-yard line. He would eventually score on a fourth down one-yard run to extend the Tigers’ lead to 24-12.

But other than that, the second half belonged to the Roadrunners’ defense and Kundarrius Taylor. Taylor electrified the crowd and his teammates, scoring on an 88-yard kickoff return. The extra point came up short, making it a 24-18 game with 7:42 left in the third quarter.

Ridgeway would get the football back after forcing the Tigers to a three-and-out possession. The Roadrunners drove all the way to the 5-yard line, but didn’t score.

To start the fourth quarter, Sandusky hit Vincent Taylor for a 25-yard reception to take it to the 9-yard line. A block in the back moved the football back to the 33-yard line. K. Taylor ran for 13 yards and on the next play Sandusky found K. Taylor for a 25-yard touchdown, but the extra point was no good again.