High School Football

Blazers gallop past Spring Valley

Six different Blazers scored for Ridge View en route to a 42-0 win over the visiting Spring Valley Vikings in a battle of Richland Two schools Friday, September 8. Ridge View got touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks and a score on a blocked punt. The Blazers also had touchdowns on a short run, a long one, and a reverse.

“That’s our team,” Ridge View head coach Derek Howard said. “That’s what we’re going to do. I think a great example is last week. We had nine kids catch a football. Our skill is that we’ve got a lot of really good football players. So to be able to spread the ball around and then to get the defense involved to be able to take advantage on special teams—those are things that we plan on each and every week.”

The Blazers had to punt their first possession but managed to pin the Vikings deep in their own territory nearly blocking a punt that set Ridge View up at the Spring Valley 20-yard line. Four plays later Aidan Keeffe muscled in from the five. Issaija Yohannes added the first of his six extra points, and the Blazers led 7-0 with 3:36 left in the first quarter.

The Vikings drove 33 yards to midfield getting a couple of first downs on Ridge View penalties, but the Blazer defense stiffened and forced another punt, which Mycah Cummings promptly blocked. Myles Brown scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 35 yards for the score and a 14-0 lead at the 10:15 mark of the second quarter.

Brown also led the defense with six tackles including four for loss with a sack.

Ridge View took a 21-0 lead with 2:25 left in the half when Breylon Boyd found Kennedy Thomas behind the Spring Valley secondary on the right sideline for a 59-yard touchdown pass. Boyd finished with 213 yards passing and the touchdown on 13-of-22 attempts. Thomas led the Blazers with 129 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.

A play after a promising drive from Spring Valley ended in a failed fake punt, the Blazers got a 59-yard touchdown run from Siah Mack with 7:09 left in the third quarter. Mack finished with 51 yards and the touchdown on three carries.

The lead grew to 35-0 when an 8-play, 62-yard drive came to fruition with a 9-yard reverse from Carter Coleman to close the third quarter. The final score from Ridge View came on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tre Howard to Jordan Gidron with 10:24 left in the game.

The Blazer defense allowed Spring Valley a net of 150 yards on nine drives. Ridge View totalled 12 tackles for loss with six sacks. The Vikings punted five times and turned the ball over on downs four times.

David Matthews had seven tackles for the Blazers. Jason Johnson added five with three for loss and two sacks, and Cleve Tellery had three tackles with two for loss and a sack.

“Ryan Kendall is one of the best defensive minds in the state of South Carolina,” Howard said of his defensive coordinator. “(He) came up with a great plan, and the kids just played hard. We didn’t always put them in the best situations, and they still were able to overcome. So extremely proud of them.”

The 0-3 Vikings host another District Two rival in Richland Northeast next Friday, and then they travel to Rock Hill for the Region 3-5A opener.

Ridge View (3-1) travels the next two weeks, first to Memorial Stadium to face the 2-2 Dreher Blue Devils and then to Lugoff-Elgin for the Region 5-4A opener.

“I think we’ve got to continue to get better,” Howard said of his team’s upcoming tasks. “There are a lot of things on tape that we’re going to see that we’re not going to like, and quite honestly in the middle of the season, there should be a lot of things that you look at that you don’t necessarily like. We just want to continue to play one game at a time, one practice at a time, one week at a time. We’re not looking past anybody. Dreher is much improved from where they were last year. They’ve got a great coaching staff, so we anticipate a great game. It’s at their home. So we’re excited about the opportunity to play another week.”


Ridge View’s Breylon Boyd throws a deep ball as Spring Valley’s Khalil Allen closes in.

Ridge View’s Breylon Boyd throws a deep ball as Spring Valley’s Khalil Allen closes in.

Ridge View’s Siah Mack gets loose for a 59-yard TD run against Spring Valley.

Ridge View’s Carter Coleman catches a pass as Spring Valley’s O’Brien Thomas defends.

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September 14, 2023 | Columbia Star, The (SC)
Author/Byline: Story and Photos by Mike Maddock; mikem@thecolumbiastar.com | Section: Article

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