INDIAN TRAIL Porter Ridge didn’t waste any time making sure their homecoming game was never in doubt.
The Pirates scored on their first three drives, and rolled up 356 yards rushing to cruise to 43-7 victory against Myers Park.
Senior Jerrick Robbins led the way with 215 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries, including 13-yard, 6-yard and 66-yard scoring runs. Junior fullback Grant Vandervoort chipped in 66 yards and a touchdown.
The victory keeps Porter Ridge tied at the top of the Southwestern 4A conference standings with Rocky River, who beat Butler 28-21.
“We were really focused tonight, we didn’t want to lose on homecoming at home in front of all our fans,” Robbins said. “We knew they were a good team, so we wanted to jump on them early. We did that and capitalized on their mistakes.”
The Pirates (6-2, 3-0) got started on their first drive, using an eight-play, 60-yard drive that took just three minutes, capped by Vandervoort’s eight-yard burst up the middle for a score.
Then, Myers Park (2-6, 0-3) shot themselves in the foot on the next two drives, first on a Clay Norris interception.
Porter Ridge responded in a hurry, this time going 60 yards in six plays, with Robbins taking off left tackle for a 13-yard touchdown run and 15-0 lead.
Three plays later, the Mustangs’ junior tailback Jaquavion Alexander fumbled, setting the Pirates up on the Myers Park 31-yard line.
Robbins and Co. needed only five plays, as the junior tailback scored again on a six-yard run for a 22-0 lead and the Pirates never looked back.
Porter Ridge had six rushing touchdowns on the night as Nick Vagnone added a four-yard score, while Hicklin had a 25-yard touchdown run and Robbins capped it with a 66-yard burst down the right sideline to end the Pirate scoring.
“I was proud of our kids for putting four good quarters together,” Porter Ridge football coach Greg Neuendorf said.
The victory also sets up a big game at Butler next week, as Porter Ridge looks to stay in first-place (with Rocky River).
“They (Butler) are an elite team for a reason,” said Neuendorf, alluding to the defending 4A state champions. “But I don’t think our kids will shy away from the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Myers Park was led by Alexander who rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Norris went 14-for-22 passing for 149 yards on the night.
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