Ridgefield sure didn’t waste any time putting away Harding on Saturday at Hedges Field.
The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first three possessions en route to a 43-0 rout. They led 15-0 after one quarter and 29-0 at halftime.
Senior tailback Will Bonaparte rushed 19 times for 129 yards and a touchdown to head a punishing ground game.
“Our running game, it’s always our bread-and-butter,” said Bonaparte, as the Tigers improved to 5-1 with their third-straight win. “We can always go back to it if we need to. That’s the beauty of our offense. It’s a spread, but we can still pound the ball.”
Bonaparte will play lacrosse at the University of Maryland next year.
“He’s a dynamite kid. I think almost any college would love to have him,” Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan said.
- Ridgefield’s defense also did its part, sacking quarterback Christian Hopkins four times and intercepting him once. Callahan lauded his defense, particuarly senior defensive lineman Patrick Weston.
“Defensively we played well today,” Callahan said. “We had a pretty decent pass rush. … We were only rushing three out there, and (Weston) was getting to the quarterback. That’s a program kid that’s waited until his senior year to play, and I think he made the most of it.”
- Harding coach Jack Cochran’s status remains a mystery. Defensive coordinator Eddie Santiago was again in charge as the Presidents lost their fourth straight and third in a row without Cochran. Cochran remains out with a medical issue, according to Bridgeport school officials.