Riddle takes down Wolves, 42-16
RIDDLE — The Riddle Irish ran to a 42-16 win over the Days Creek Wolves in Friday’s 1A Special District 2 West football game.
“I was proud of how the boys battled the whole night,” Riddle coach Russell Hobson said. “They kinda stuck with it and were able to overcome some adversity and play well down the stretch and slowly stretch the game out. Days Creek came in with some real tough runs, they were well-coached. They did a good job utilizing their players and it really made our guys work hard and that’s what we needed.”
It was the amount of weapons in Riddle’s offensive arsenal, combined with some mistakes on Days Creek’s defensive line, that made the difference.
“They ran the ball hard and I thought we did a pretty good job taking Hopkins away,” Days Creek coach David Hunt said. “But the other guys (Cameron) McMichael and Donovan Hargraves picked up the slack.”
McMichael was the leading rusher for Riddle (5-1, 3-0 SD2) with 15 carries for 169 yards. Hargraves had seven runs for 67 yards and Hopkins had 12 runs for 66 yards.
“I feel like I did alright,” Hopkins said. “But it was mostly my offensive line and setting up the defensive. Because when (Days Creek is) focused on me it opens up other players.”
Hargraves’ first score of the game came in the first quarter with 3:57 left when he broke several tackles en route to a 33-yard touchdown run. McMichael ran in the conversion.
Hopkins scored the second TD of the game on a 13-yard run in the second quarter and two minutes later the Wolves (3-3, 1-2) got on the board as well.
Cade Martin ran in Days Creek’s first touchdown with 6:41 left in the first half on a 16-yard run. Gerit Wentland scored on the conversion.
Martin finished the game with nine carries for 62 yards, while Wentland had 13 runs for 11 yards.
Days Creek scored once more in the second quarter, on a 6-yard pass from McMichael to Jesse Myers to make it 22-8 at halftime.
Myers had four catches, including two TDs, for 71 yards. McMichael was 5-for-8 passing for 86 yards.
“We have a lot of weapons,” Hobson said. “They did a great job scheming for Nate, but we knew we were going to run into those games and we knew we had things in our offense that were going to play off that. Cameron McMichael broke a lot of long runs tonight. Donovan (Hargraves) was tough to tackle, we had Jesse Myers on some tight end flat stuff and one of them ended up going nearly 45 yards for a touchdown. So we have a lot of weapons. If you focus all your attention on Nate, we will eventually take advantage of you.”
In the third quarter, McMichael scored on a 26-yard run and Hargraves scored on a 7-yard run.
Myers’ second TD of the game, in the fourth quarter, was a 43-yard reception from McMichael. It was the final touchdown for the Irish.
Days Creek started the game trying to throw the ball. Wentland was 2-for-10 for 40 yards.
“Once we decided to run the football a little bit more, we were starting to be a lot more effective,” Hunt said. “And that’s who we really are. We can throw if we need to, but we’re a running team.”
Days Creek’s Neston Berlingeri scored the final touchdown of the game with 2:47 left on an 11-yard run.
Seth Leodoro led the Wolves with 10 tackles.
Days Creek will play at Myrtle Point next Friday and will need to win both of its final two games to stay in the running for a playoff spot.
Riddle will take on Camas Valley next Friday.
“We did good tonight, but we need a little bit more intensity coming into the Camas Valley game or we’re going to get beat,” Hopkins said.
D. Creek 0 8 0 8 — 16
Riddle 8 14 14 6 — 42
R — Hargraves 33 run (McMichael run), 3:57
R — Hopkins 13 run (run failed), 8:52
DC — Martin 16 run (Wentland run), 6:41
R — Myers 6 from McMichael (Hopkins run), 14.3
R — McMichael 26 run (run failed), 5:03
R — Hargraves 7 run (McMichael run), 1:30
R — Myers 43 pass from McMichael (run failed), 7:27
DC — N. Berlingeri 11 run (L. Berlingeri run), 2:47