With two scheduled football games to play, Ridgeview is tied atop the Class 5A Special District 2 North division standings, while Redmond is still looking for its first win in division play.
But the schedule is about to get tougher for the No. 23 Ravens, who play host to No. 6 North Bend at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Ravens can clinch second place in the division and a playoff spot with a victory.
Josh Biever ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to help Ridgeview (3-3 overall) remain unbeaten in the division with a 49-21 Oct. 5 victory at Springfield. In all, the Ravens gained 431 yards
Quarterback Bryce DeMars also had a big game, with four touchdown passes on 10-of-15 completions for 149 yards. Payton Davis had three catches for 61 yards, with two touchdowns for Ridgeview, while Griffin Dietz had three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, along with 27 rushing yards on seven carries, and Matt Prusak had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Vogt caught 1 pass for three yards.
Other runners for Ridgeview included Kadden Brown, who had 57 yards on nine carries, Kevin Edmondson, who had two carries for six yards, Julian Rosario, who had three carries for six yards, and DeMars with five yards on one carry. No. 32 Redmond fell 62-7 Oct. 5 at North Bend. Bryce Powell ran for 54 yards on 11 carries and scored the Panthers’ touchdown. Other Redmond rushers included Michael-Jai Callier Campbell, 28 yards on four carries; Clayton Elrod, 10 carries for 11 yards and Kaden Nixon, four yards on three carries.
Nixon and fellow quarterback Hayden Parrish threw four passes but didn’t complete any.
Kole Davis led Redmond in tackles with nine. Jack McKenzie had eight tackles, Blaine Aamodt had seven and Ethan Payne had five.
The good news for the Panthers is they now move to the easier part of the division schedule, playing at No. 30 Willamette Friday before playing host to No. 28 Springfield Oct. 19.
While Ridgeview’s schedule toughens up, with North Bend and at No. 8 Thurston the next two weeks, the Ravens are in good position to be in the playoff chase going into their yet-to-be scheduled week nine game. Each south division team finishes the regular season against the team in the same position in the north division. So the top two teams in each division are guaranteed playoff spots and the third place teams play each other in week nine for a playoff appearance.
The Ravens are two games ahead of fourth-place Willamette and have already defeated the Eugene school.