Ridgway rebounds with a rout over Moniteau

Staff Writer

WEST SUNBURY - After a stunning 25-21 loss at Kane and a slow start in their opening 42-6 win over St. Marys, the Ridgway Elkers put together a near-perfect performance in their 42-7 rout of Moniteau on the road Friday night.
Last year’s Large School Division and District 9 champs put on a first-half clinic dominating the Warriors defensively and rolling like a well-oiled machine on offense.
Ridgway scored on its first two drives and added two second-quarter TD’s to take a 28-0 halftime lead. The defense gave up just one first down and 29 yards in the first two quarters while forcing the Warriors to punt four times.
During pregame activities, a confident group of Elkers looked poised, relaxed, and determined after an intense week of practice that included a Labor Day workout – something they haven’t done in five years.
“It was a nice way to bounce back. The kids went through a lot last week. It was a hard loss at Kane. It was great to see how they came back Monday ready to go. Every day we got better throughout the week. I think the kids realized their potential and what kind of football team we have,” head coach Mark Heindl said.
The first drive proved there would be no letdown following the tough loss. The Elkers received the opening kickoff and marched 73 yards on eight plays in 2:34.