Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ridgeview Panthers Rebuilding, Finding Ways to Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ridgeview Panthers Rebuilding, Finding Ways to Win

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Byline: KEN PLATO

The Ridgeview Panthers football team learned enough about itself to win an away game Friday night against the Menendez Falcons 16-0, but just enough, according to head coach Tom MacPherson.

"We played well enough and tough enough to win and that's the bottom line," MacPherson said. "After graduating 30 seniors we're just trying to piece it together and find ways to compete. We're still trying to find our identity."

It looked like the Panthers had a clear sense of their identity early in the game. After holding Menendez to a 3-and-out offensive series to start the game, sophomore quarterback Derek Hatcher led the Panthers on a 54-yard scoring drive that included a 17-yard pass completion to senior wide receiver Quentin Thrash and an 11-yard run by senior running back Terrance Dailey to the Falcon 3-yard line.

After recovering his own fumble on first down from the 3, Hatcher handed the ball three times to Dailey as he pounded the middle of the line before making it into the end zone on fourth and goal at the 1. Junior placekicker David Hon converted the extra-point kick.

Ridgeview would get the ball four more times in the first half, but failed to mount a serious drive after their initial success, the victim of dropped passes and penalties. While the Falcons were unable to score, in the first quarter they did have a 36-yard pass completion into the end zone called back for having an ineligible receiver downfield. Out of timeouts, the Falcons also ran out of time at the end of the half as they tried to set up a field goal try from the Ridgeview 18-yard line.

The second half started as promising as the first when, on their second possession, the Panthers took the ball from their own 35-yard line and drove the field for a 42-yard field goal by Hon that cleared the goal posts with plenty of room to spare.

That drive saw Panther running back Dailey come out of the game with leg cramps after accumulating 31 total yards on 9 rushes. …

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