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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Last night I made my first trip to West Lafayette, Ohio to watch the highly anticipated match-up between the Wheelersburg Pirates and the Ridgewood Generals. I was told last night that the two teams had met five times before, with the Pirates holding the four to one edge, but last year in the playoff game, it was the Generals who came away with a blowout win. The smallish covid-19 crowd was loud last night with several of the home side fans unhappy most of the night with the calls. The rosters for the Generals come from hudl.com, while the Pirates rosters came from burg.k12.oh.us/Footbal. The Generals roster was incomplete, so forgive any mistakes or the names of players I left out.
Kigenn Millender would get the Generals offense going, with a catch on A swing pass that picked up 15-yards. On the next play, it was A 16-yard pick up by Gabe Tingle on A quarterback run. Tingle would be short of the chains when he was hit by John Blackburn and Carson Williams to make matters worse instead of fourth and two for the Generals it would be first and long thanks to a flag against the offense.
The Generals would get A nice play from Xavier Lamneck when he plastered Caleb Arthur after caught A little swing pass. The defensive theme continues when the Pirates got A nice play from Carson Williams who stopped Alex Stroup for A loss of five, on another awing pass. A sack by the Pirates Gage Adkins due to A bad snap would lead to the drive ending on A incomplete pass on fourth and five. The quarter would bring two more nice plays before it ended. A 46-yard completion from Jake Gregg to Eric Lattimore gave the Pirates faithful A shade of hope that the potent offense was starting to wake up. Then to close out the quarter Gage Adkins would get another sack for the Pirates defense.
A pick by Casey Doerr on A generals pass would keep the defensive theme going. Much later in the quarter, a diving pick from the Pirates Josh Clark kept this one scoreless. The Generals defense would get their own pick by Millender, who made A return deep into Pirates territory but A block in the back would take the ball all the way back to the forty. Deontae Brandon would put the ball on the ground to stop any hopes of the Generals taking advantage of the turnover because Gage Adkins fell on the rock.
The fumble by Brandon might have been just the slap in the face he needed to awaken the beast within because he immediately picked off A screen pass and took it all the way to the Pirates 8-yard line. Then with ten seconds left in the half, he plowed in from A yard out to make this A 7-0 game.
The Burg would finally call on super Sophomore Derrick Lattimore and all he did was blast off to A 28 yard gain. The Generals defense recovered quickly and again got the rock back for their offense. Brandon well awake from the sleepish start he had would make like Eddie George and pick up 30-yards on A fantastic run. Later on the drive, he would pick up another ten yards. The drive ended in a large part because Kenny Sanderlin knocked down A screen pass to force the Generals into a fourth and seven predicament. Derrick Lattimore did his best Emmit Smith impression when he busted free for A 47-yard run that set up A 34-yard field goal from Braxton Sammons making this A 7-3 game heading to the final frame.
On third and ten with everyone in the stadium knowing A pass was coming the Generals still was able to gain 36-yards when A receiver was left all alone. A short time later Brandon hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass to make this A 13-3 game.
Derrick Lattimore was taken down by Kadin Bradford for A 2-yard loss, with 7:34 left in the game. Then with 3:29 showing on the clock, Gregg found pay dirt making this a 13-10 game. The Pirates used A stop on Millender for A 6-yard loss to stop the next Generals drive and give their offense one last shot to tie or win the game. Gregg would look like A hero when he converted A fourth and seven when he hit Josh Clark for the first down. The biggest hero of the game came with just nine seconds left and that would be Dalton Patterson, who picked off the last Gregg pass to secure the win and move the Generals to the next round of the playoffs, where they face the Ironton Tigers.
PASSING, 27-40 3 INT’S
6-13 1 TD 1 INT
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