Few teams run a well-oiled machine like the Ridgewood Generals. That point was proven further Saturday night.
All area teams who took on divisional foes in the OHSAA playoffs moved on to the next round, thanks to spirited performances on both sides of the ball.
Sandy Valley and Cam Blair put their electrifying offense on full display, while hard-running sophomore Chase Oehlstrom of Carrollton put on a clinic of old-school football.
Find out more of what went down October 17th below, all brought to you by Parkway Quick Lane.
Garaway 48, Crestwood 14
Defense. Defense. Defense.
Nothing should be taken away from the Pirates offense, which posted a ridiculous 526 yards. But Garaway’s defense forced six Crestwood interceptions, en route to a dominant playoff performance.
Jarett Wallick, Sam Page, Ethan Miller, Logan Yoder, and Caleb Miller hauled in interceptions, with one fumble recovered by Garaway.
Crestwood starting quarterback Evan Daniels was able to account for 277 yards and one long touchdown strike but was pushed from the pocket on nearly every drop back.
Alex Roden racked up 11 tackles, while J.D. Young and Wyatt Wallick put forth their own solid efforts.
Pirate quarterback Garrett Newsome was sharp, going 23-for-33 for 341 yards and four touchdowns, albeit with an interception.
Jaydon Miller earned Player of the Game, after carrying the ball 10 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns, along with leading Garaway with nine catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
The time for celebration will be brief, as Bellaire lies ahead in the next round, even though they remain in the close confines of Sugarcreek.
Sandy Valley 35, Martins Ferry 20
It was the Cam Blair show once again, this time a little far from home.
The Cardinals hit the road, flexing their muscle with a 51-yard bubble screen touchdown from Blair to Mason Tucci to put points on the board early in the second.
From there, the senior quarterback punched through with three rushing scores, pacing a Cardinal offense that stayed one step ahead of Martins Ferry.
Running back Ben Petro added a rushing score of his own, but Blair delivered the knockout blow with under five minutes left.
Forced to his left before cutting back to the right, he weaved his way through multiple defenders before crossing the goal line on a 60-yard scramble that would have made Lamar Jackson proud.
Outside of Evan Carpenter, Martins Ferry could not find a way to capitalize on opportunities, ultimately dropping out of the OHSAA playoffs.
Sandy Valley might have proved some doubters wrong after being blown out by Ridgewood and Garaway in the regular season, but those games might look like cakewalks now, as undefeated Kirtland lies dead ahead.
Carrollton 21, Marion-Local 13
It was far from the most pretty performance Carrollton has turned in this season, but it got the job done.
The Warriors forced four turnovers, while taking advantage of over 100 penalty yards by the Red Devils to move on and face Bloom-Carroll.
Sophomore running back Chase Oehlstrom, who has a knack for big “pop” plays, switched gears and earned most of his yards in a grinding fashion, rushing for 109 yards on 31 carries.
His three touchdowns, however, were all the offense Carrollton needed.
Following an opening score for Marion-Franklin, Oehlstrom brought home three scores to help the Warriors carry a 21-7 lead into the fourth.
Quarterback Luke Warner contributed 155 yards, connecting eight times on 19 attempts.
Talen Timberlake was his favorite target with three catches for 63 yards. Brock Smith and Austin Haney infused some chunk plays,each catching one pass for 47 and 40 yards, respectively.
Even on a night where their offense was outgained, Carrollton showed the ability to weather the storm late, with complimentary football.
The Warriors will hit the road again, taking on the Bulldogs next week.
Ridgewood 49, Oak Hill 7
Sheer dominance personified, the Generals walked away from Saturday night’s home contest with the goal of a state championship still very much within reach.
Receiver and defensive back Dalton Patterson needed just two first-half receptions for 90 yards, converting both into touchdowns. Not satisfied with only offensive production, he added a pick-6 32 yards for a score.
Quarterback Gabe Tingle, who only played for the first half thanks to a big lead, picked up two other touchdown passes.He found Javan Belt for 77 yards, before putting the icing on the cake with a 52-yard bomb to Kigenn Millender with less than a minute before the half.
Oak Hill forfeited four turnovers in the opening half alone, never posing an offensive threat. Their only score came late in the third with the Generals reserves taking the field.
Deontae Brandon also picked up a 19-yard touchdown rush, while backup quarterback Josiah Cahill took home a 16-yard rush as the seconds ticked away on the running clock.
Offensive and defensive line pride are a big part of the Ridgewood culture, and it shows, week-in and week-out.
Ridgewood, positioned to take on a familiar foe in Wheelersburg, must now face an impressive Liberty Union team that went from 0-10 last season to 6-1 this year, coming off a 31-7 win over Amanda-Clearcreek.
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