|By Gaylen Duskey |
Tyler Ford scored three touchdowns to lead Doddridge County to a 27-0 victory over homestanding Calhoun County Friday night.
Ford's heroics notwithstanding the game was much closer than the final score indicated.
That's because most of Ford's scoring and yardage came in the fourth quarter against a depleted and tired Calhoun defensive unit. Until the senior standout capped off his evening with a 45-yard touchdown reception and a 40-yard run late in the game the score was a harrowing 13-0 Bulldog lead with the Red Devils threatening throughout.
Until the fourth-quarter break out by the Bulldogs the only points in the contest had come on a couple of pass interception touchdowns - one by Ford and one by Brandon Lively.
Lively's 10 yard pass interception in the first quarter was the only points in the first half as Doddridge missed the extra point attempt for a 6-0 lead.
The score stayed that way only briefly after intermission as another pass interception - this one by Ford from 28 yards out - gave the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead before Dylan Hayes kicked the first of three extra points.
Calhoun have moved the ball up and down the field - mostly between the 20 yard line - with a combination of some timely running and Casey Ritchie's passing But the Red Devils could never find the end zone.
Neither could Doddridge - at least offensively - as the Red Devils kept all-LKC candidate Ford and the rest of the Bulldogs off balance.
But the fourth quarter - at least the second half of the fourth quarter - Ford came alive getting 56 of his game high 114 yard rushing total and all 45 of his receiving total.
For Calhoun Ethyn Miller was the big offensive threat with 78 yards receiving on six receptions. Overall, Casey Ritchie completed 11 of 18 passes for 111 yards as Lucas Wilson added a pair of receptions for six yards while Cole Ritchie caught one pass for nine yards and Dakota Jarvis caught one for 18.
Calhoun had 88 yards rushing with Cole Ritchie leading the way with 45 yards. Casey Ritchie chipped in with 32 while Seth Moore had nine and Wilson two.
Calhoun, 1-2, to the road this coming Friday night for a game at Tygart's Valley (Mill Creek, WV) while Doddridge, 2-1, plays Ritchie County.