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Ridgewood stops Sandy Valley in battle of undefeated football teams

By WALTER DOERSCHUK The Press-News Published: September 23, 2016 10:00 AM

A strong second half fueled Ridgewood over Sandy Valley to begin conference play for both teams.

The Generals scored 21 points on their way to a 31-0 win.

Two touchdown runs by Trent Harrison and a touchdown pass from Kolton Alexander to Braeden Smith sealed the victory.

The two teams went back and forth exchanging punts in the first half before Jhett Slusser's touchdown run gave Ridgewood its first points. Keith Claxon added a field goal before halftime.

It was the marquee matchup in the conference as both teams entered undefeated. Another tough test awaits Sandy Valley this week in Garaway. Kickoff at Sandy Valley is set for 7 p.m.

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The Pirates are led by quarterback RJ Jacobs who has thrown for 1,186 yards this season. He passed for 452 yards in a week one win over Dalton.

Last season, the Cardinals offense was clicking in the two teams' matchup in week five. Sandy Valley prevailed 51-26.

Sandy Valley's offense will look to get back on track. The Cardinals averaged a little more than 30 points per game in their first three weeks. Last week was the first time Sandy Valley was shut out since a week 10 loss to Malvern in 2013.

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