East Ridge picked up its firs win of the football season with a 22-15 win over Region 2/4A foe Central, Friday night on the Pounders’ field.
Central, playing without Mr. Football candidate Michael McGhee, scored on its first possession on a 22-yard pass. The two point conversion put the Pioneers (1-6, 1-2) in the hole, 8-0.
East Ridge responded with a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Alonzo Russell. Three bad snaps by Central in its ensuring possession resulted in a safety and East Ridge took the lead, 9-8. at the half.
Central (4-3, 3-1) regained the lead in the third quarter with a touchdown pass.
East Ridge rebounded with a long, fourth-quarter drive to give the Pioneers the lead for good. Russell, who finished the game with 270 all-purpose yards, insured the win with a 49-yard scoring toss to Nico Johnikin.
The Pioneers will try to make it two wins in a row, as they travel to Sequoyah next Friday in another Region 2 4/A contest.