Ridgewood is driven by motivation, teamwork

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WEST LAFAYETTE – Too many, the season Ridgewood Generals put together on the gridiron may have been a little bit of a shock.

However, getting to week 11 is an all to familiar occurrence for the Orange and Black who will host Amanda-Clearcreek at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Coach Slusser challenged us all year and we were motivated by people not thinking we would be very good,” senior kicker Keith Claxon said.

What makes the 9-win regular season more special is that it came from a team that has just four seniors.

“We had to kind of rely on some of the younger guys to help with leadership,” senior lineman Lance Bradford said. 

The Generals are back in the playoffs after a one year hiatus and are hosting a playoff game for the third time in school history.

“We hosted when I was a freshman and I just remember how many people were at the game,” Claxon said. “It means a lot to everyone to play at home.”

In both of the previous home games Ridgewood was victorious. 

“As a senior it means a lot to play at home,” Bradford said. “We are expecting a very tough game.”

The Aces come to town with an 8-2 record and loads of tradition.

“We played them twice back and both of those years they ended up in the state finals,” Ridgewood offensive coordinator Chris Cabot said.”They play hard, fast and physical.”

The Aces will run various formations on offense and favor the running game but can throw it if necessary.

Quarterback Peyton Madison runs the show with the trio of Jayse Miller, Alex Fairchild and Jesse Connell rotating through the backfield.

Miller and Andrew Hunter are the team’s top receivers.

“They have nice skill kids and their quarterback makes them go,” Cabot said.

Helping pave the way up front is 6-foot-6 243-pound tight end Alex Smith.

Defensively the Generals will see a team that plays nothing but man-to-man.

“They get to the ball on defense and don’t allow very many points,” Cabot said. “The one thing we have seen on film is they give great effort and that’s all coaches can ask for.”

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