It’s almost not fair.
Lakeside Blue Ridge didn’t even have its best player for Saturday night’s Division IV quarterfina game against River Valley at Phoenix Washington, but you wouldn’t have known that from the score.
Undefeated Blue Ridge thoroughly dominated River Valley and rolled to a 49-0 win to advance to next week’s semifinals against Snowflake.
Arizona State-signee Chans Cox watched the game from the sidelines again as he continues to nurse a broken foot, but Blue Ridge (13-0) didn’t need him or three other injured starters on this night.
Blue Ridge’s defense dominated right from the opening kickoff, and its offense cleaned up the mess.
“They’re faster in person than they are on film,” River Valley coach Terry Staggs said.
The stats show just how one-sided this game was.
Blue Ridge outgained River Valley, 538-21. River Valley (8-4) didn’t have positive total yards until the fourth quarter when a continuous clock was in effect. Its biggest gain in the first half was a 5-yard penalty.
Blue Ridge had 26 first downs to three for River Valley.
River Valley threw five interceptions, and quarterback Derek Advocate was sacked five times. The team also completed only 2 of 17 pass attempts.
Of River Valley’s 36 offensive plays, only nine went for positive yards. Of those nine, only one was more than 10 yards.
“Our defense has good players,” Blue Ridge coach Paul Moro said. “(River Valley) is a good team. Our guys just played well tonight.”
Blue Ridge held a 28-0 lead at halftime thanks to a ground game that racked up 267 yards in the first half. Junior Nolan Cook gained 154 yards for the game and scored two first-half touchdowns.
Moro said Cox could possibly return next week, but that determination will be made later in the week.
“Football is not based on one player,” Moro said. “It’s a team game, and we have an excellent team.”