Warriors whip Ballard

Warriors whip Ballard

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Warriors whip Ballard

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Watch out 7-AAA.

Riverdale’s offense is back on track.

The Warriors scored on their first seven possessions and routed Louisville Ballard 47-7 Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Stadium in the High School Football Classic.

Quarterback Dillon Woodruff, who was held back from carrying the football by coach Ron Aydelott in the Warriors’ Week 0 win over Brighton, was a key contributor against the Bruins.

Woodruff was 5-of-5 passing in the first half for 113 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 14, 5 and 9 yards in the first half. He finished with 31 yards on four carries.

“If I put the offense through him, we are a much better football team,” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. “I thought, ‘What the heck.’ He’s a great player. He needs to play, and our team needs him.”

Aydelott had been cautious because Woodruff was coming off a torn ACL sustained in the 2011 Class 6A semifinals.

Riverdale reeled off 484 total yards, including 371 yards on the ground. Riverdale didn’t attempt a pass in the second half. Ballard had 173 total yards, including just 76 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Ballard, which was defeated by Byrnes (S.C.) 68-0, has been outscored 115-7 in two games in the high school classic.

“All week we’ve been going hard through practice,” Woodruff said. “We knew last week we played sloppy. We couldn’t do the same thing this week or it would be a hard, long game.

“Right off the bat we wanted to make a point, make a statement. And we did.”

Woodruff scored the Warriors’ first three touchdowns. He ran over a defender on his first score, but wasn’t touched his final two.

Riverdale benefited from a high snap on a Ballard punt. It led to Scottie Boykin’s 23-yard TD run on the next play to make it 27-0 with 7:59 left in the first half.

Woodruff set up the Warriors’ fifth score with a 25-yard completion to Mariko Odom on fourth-and-9. Boykin scored the first of his two first-half TD runs on the next play on a 7-yard run.

“I felt like I had to step up on that play,” said Odom, who finished with 104 yards receiving and 146 rushing. “I kind of knew he was coming to me. I knew I had to be ready to catch the ball.”

Odom added a 39-yard TD run with 10:04 left in the third quarter. Drako Little added a 24-yard TD run with 5:25 left. Riverdale scored on every possession that Woodruff participated. He was relieved by backup Chanton Pace late in the third quarter after Little’s score.

“I told Jason Dobbs, our offensive line coach, ‘I don’t know if we’ve made this much improvement or not. But I sure hope it bears that on film,'” Aydelott said. “It sure looks that way. It was a lot cleaner.”

Ballard’s Tyler Owen was 12-of-24 passing for 97 yards and had 20 yards rushing. However, leading reciver Cam Lewis was held to just 38 yards receiving on six catches. Lewis had a 14-yard TD catch from Owen with 1:26 left against Riverdale’s backups.

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