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River Ridge pulls out come-from-behind win over Hernando



— River Ridge scored in the final minute of the game for a come-from-behind win against visiting Brooksville Hernando on Friday night.

Both teams finished last season with 3-7 records. The Royal Knights led 8-0 after one quarter, but the Leopards scored three times in the second quarter to take a 20-16 halftime lead. Among the highlights of the first half was a 91-yard kickoff return by the Leopards’ Mark Wilson.

The Leopards opened the third quarter with another score to extend their lead to 26-16. The Royal Knights, led by senior RB Chris Schwarz, made a dramatic comeback. Brandon Lempfert caught an 11-yard pass from Patrick Mathieson to bring the Royal Knights to within four points at 30-26. Following D’Angelo Fagin’s fourth TD, the Royal Knights had the ball on their own 30-yard line. With 32 seconds remaining, Chris Schwarz scored on a 4-yard run off right tackle.

“Last year, we got into the fourth quarter,” said River Ridge coach Ryan Benjamin. “This year, we’re confident we can win.”

Hernando 0 20 6 6 — 32

River Ridge 8 8 7 14 — 37

RR — Duke 2 pass from Mathieson (Schwarz run)

HHS — Fagin 5 run (Neithmer kick)

RR — Schwarz 11 run (Schwarz run)

HHS — Wilson 91 kickoff return (Neithammer kick)

HHS — Fagin 19 run (kick failed)

HHS — Fagin 49 pass fom Kline (kick failed)

RR — Schwarz 29 run (Neithammer kick)

RR — Lempfert 9 pass from Mathieson (Neithmer kick)

HHS — Fagin 1 run (kick failed)

RR — Schwarz 4 run (Neithammer kick)

Cliff Gill

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