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Ridley defeats Radnor 45-14, Raiders remain undefeated @hs_Ridley @radnorfootball

Written by: on Saturday, September 25th, 2021


In a game that was supposed to be a home game for Radnor, quickly turned into a rough night for the Raptors.  Ridley took advantage of the opportunity to host Friday nights game due to field construction at Radnor.

The fans were a focal point in this game, as they had jersey-themed student section and showed just how passionate they are about their Ridley Raiders.

Radnor received the opening kickoff and it looked as though they were setting up a reverse on the play to fool Ridley, but it did not phase the Raiders.  The first play of the game set the tone for the Ridley Raiders when Hayden Brown shot up right up the middle for a sack.

After forcing a quick three and out, Ridley seemed to be moving the ball down the field pretty well until a pass bounced right off the Raiders receiver’s helmet into Radnor’s Damian Falcone’s hands.

The Raptors couldn’t capitalize off of the turnover and punted the ball right back to Ridley five plays later.  Off of a short punt, The Raiders moved down the field just enough for Tahir Mills to seal the drive with an 18-yard rushing touchdown.

Just when momentum seemed to be all on Ridley’s side, Radnor had 75-yard kick return from Tommy Deshan which evened the score, and the Raider sideline speechless.

Raider quarterback John Heller accounted for four TD’s on the night; three passing and one sneak at the goal line.  A 25-yard and 30-yard TD pass went to Paul Jackson and another 46-yard pass to Nahaj Saleem.

“We finally have some weapons around our quarterback and he’s doing a great job.  Successful teams are going to be able to run the ball when people crown the box and be able to throw the ball over top,” said Raiders head coach David Wood.

“We are a different team then we have been in the past and this team doesn’t let anything bother them, they just keep playing”.

Jude Wallin ended up scoring on a 15-yard read option play for Radnor. That would be the last time they sniffed the end zone.

Despite the 31-point loss, The Raptors still were throwing the ball and making plays, with less than a minute left in the game and showed the heart they had out there.

“We have to finish when we are in the red zone, I never question how hard they play, we just made some mistakes and you have to score when inside the 20,” said Radnor head coach Tom Ryan.

“We had a good week of practice, that was a good indicator that we were going to play well, and we hung with them for a while, and they are pretty good.  Halftime, we were right in it and just kind of made too many mistakes and it just wasn’t our night.  I give Ridley a lot of credit, they are well-coached, and played well at all three phases of the game,” said Ryan.

Ridley and Garnet Valley will battle out next week to see who will remain undefeated and advance to 6-0 on the season.  It’s been eight years since Ridley has beaten Garnet Valley and could possibly mark the first win for Coach Wood as the head coach.

“Next week is next week, right now we are enjoying this and tomorrow we will look at the GV match up,” said Wood

Radnor faces Marple Newtown at Conestoga due to the field reconstruction and look to bounce back after a slow start to the season.

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