River Ridge will host Sequoyah on Friday, still looking for the first in-county win in program history.
River Ridge (2-4, 1-3) and Sequoyah (2-3, 1-2) are coming off Region 6AAAAAA losses, and both need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Sequoyah fell 27-14 at home to Creekview last week and limiting self-inflicted mistakes will likely be a focus for the Chiefs after a game that saw the offense fumble the ball four times, including three inside Creekview territory.
“You turn the ball over four times, it’s going to be hard to win,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “If we score on any of those drives, it’s a different game.”
Sequoyah’s defense has played well this season, allowing 18 points per game.
The River Ridge offense is averaging 17.1 points per game, despite being shut out twice and seems to be improving week by week. The Knights kept it close with Dalton last week and had an opportunity to cut the lead to 21-14 midway through the third quarter before the offense stalled inside the red zone.
Teter said River Ridge has several players who stick out on film, and he praised what River Ridge coach Mike Collins has accomplished in his first season at the school.
“I think coach Collins has done a great job in the short time he's been there,” Teter said. “They look very organized and they look much improved from where they’ve been. The running back they have is pretty shifty, and he’s somebody we’ve got to try to lock down, but I think their quarterback is a pretty good runner and player also.”
River Ridge running back Amehre Morrison leads the county with 658 rushing yards this season and is the fourth-leading receiver with 313 yards on 23 catches. The Knights will find different ways to get Morrison touches while quarterback Chase Begin has been effective both rushing (157 yards, three touchdowns) and passing (69-for-143, 782 yards).
Andrew Bingham has emerged as the team’s leading receiver beyond Morrison with 18 receptions for 202 yards.
Collins is continuing to keep the focus on the “process” and said his team still needs to learn how to finish, both literally and figuratively. The Knights’ offense stalled twice inside the Dalton 20 last week and came away with no points on either drive.
“We’ll do a lot of goal-line work this week and work on in-game scenarios,” Collins said. “We try to have everything we do be about finishing and we’ll find out as time goes on how close we are to do that.
“I really just try to focus on us and comparing us to how we were yesterday and how we were last week. That’s all we can control. I know the county stuff can be important, but it’s a big game to me because its a region game. If we’re going to have any shot of competing for the playoffs, we’re going to have to win some of these types of games.”