The Ashley Ridge Football team will attempt to bounce back from a blowout when it travels to Stratford Sept. 6.
Berkeley quarterback Tre Minor and receiver HaKeem Meggett connected for three touchdown passes to lead the Stags to a 40-0 win at Ashley Ridge Aug. 30. The duo hooked up for TD passes of 80, 12 and 14 yards to give the visiting Stags a 19-0 lead in the first quarter.
Ashley Ridge fell to 1-1 with the loss and travels to Goose Creek to face the Knights at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Stratford (1-1) is coming off a 41-20 victory over Stall, but suffered a 21-14 loss to Timberland in Week 0. The Knights have demonstrated they can score with their rushing attack and through the air.
Numbers are up for Stratford in their second season under the guidance of head coach Dennie McDaniel and that has led to better competition at multiple positions. The Knights have some experienced players returning this season, especially in the skills positions.
“Tonight is disappointing, but we just have to get back to the drawing table, get a little more discipline and work on some technique stuff,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “First off, we have to get our guys lined up so they can play.”
Minor completed passes to six different receivers against the Swamp Foxes to finish with more than 200 passing yards.
“Tre can get the ball out of his hand and he was making the right reads,” Berkeley coach Randy Robinson said.
Berkeley also showed it isn’t one dimensional, making some big gains and getting first downs with its rushing attack.
“We were ready to roll today,” Robinson said. “We had a good game plan offensively. That (Ashley Ridge) quarterback is great so I’m proud of our defense.”
Swamp senior Matt Duncan completed more than a dozen passes and he and the AR running backs did some damage with their legs, but overall the Stags’ defense was impressive all night.
In the second quarter, Kortez Heyward rushed for a 64-yard TD and Minor found the end zone on a four-yard run for a 33-0 Berkeley lead at the half.
The pace slowed down in the third quarter with neither team finding the end zone.
Berkeley sophomore running back Reggie Campbell broke the stalemate with a 9-yard TD run with 2:41 remaining in the game.
“We had a lot of mistakes and we were very undisciplined and kind of all over the place but I don’t want to take anything away from them,” Walker said. “They were the better team absolutely. They did some things that maybe we weren’t ready for, but our guys really didn’t get settled in until the second half. That’s the way I think the game should have played out. They outscored us 7-0 in the second half but I thought the last two quarters were more competitive.”
After Ashley Ridge blocked extra-point kicks following the first two TDs of the game, Berkeley kicker Roy Brown hit the next four PATs for the Stags.
The closest Ashley Ridge came to scoring was in the second quarter when a 39-yard field goal attempt sailed just right. The Swamp Foxes also turned the ball over on a fumble in the red zone in the second quarter and had a productive drive stall at the Berkeley 14-yard line early in the third quarter.
Berkeley improved to 2-0 on the season with its second blowout of the season. However, Robinson isn’t reading too much into that.
“I know it sounds good based on the score board but there is some fundamental stuff that we have to clean up to be a great team,” he said.