The Porter Ridge Pirates could have been caught in a “trap” game at winless South Meck, coming off a last-second win over Providence and with rival Sun Valley up next week.
But Porter Ridge (3-1) jumped out early, scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions and mostly shutting the South Meck (0-4) offense down as they defeated the Sabres 50-10 at Boger Stadium Thursday night.
“Coming off a tough game and with a short week, I thought the kids stepped up and played pretty well,” head coach Greg Neuendorf said.
Quarterback Isaiah Hicklin started things off for Porter Ridge on their first drive, hitting Casey Hardison down the left side for a 76-yard score on their fifth play from scrimmage.
South Meck moved the ball into Porter Ridge territory on their next possession, but Walker Griffin picked off quarterback AJ Elam and returned the ball 65 yards down to the South Meck five. One play later Jerrick Robbins scored his first touchdown of the night, from two-yards out, and Porter Ridge led 15-0 and were on their way.
Robbins’ four-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds left in the quarter capped an 83-yard, 8 play drive and pushed the lead to 22-0. Hicklin would finish the first-half scoring for Porter Ridge with a nine-yard touchdown run with 9:06 left in the half.
Robbins would get his third touchdown of the night midway through the second half on a one-yard run after Porter Ridge forced a South Meck fumble and returned it deep into Sabres territory. The senior finished with 109 yards rushing on just 10 carries and three scores, while Hicklin threw for 237 yards on the night.
“This group is very unselfish,” Neuendorf said. “There are a lot of guys on offense that can score, and some weeks certain guys will get taken away by the defense. But they root for each other and only care about the team, which is nice to see as a coach.”
South Meck was able to get into the end zone late in the third on a 65-yard run by Stephen Griffin, but had only 40 yards rushing outside of that play and turned the ball over three times.
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