Fort Dorchester got revenge on the team that kept it from qualifying for the playoffs last year, handing host Ashley Ridge a 14-0 loss.
The Patriots played shutdown defense much of the night to limit the Swamp Foxes’ scoring opportunities. Fort Dorchester improved to 7-4 with a 3-2 mark in Region 8-AAAA, while Ashley Ridge fell to 4-7, 2-3.
“That might have been the best defensive performance we’ve had since I started coaching here,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said.
“It was unbelievable. Ashley Ridge has some serious weapons and we shut them down.
“Overall, I thought we moved the ball well, but Ashley Ridge did a good job of scheming us up with their defense.”
The first quarter was a defensive battle.
Early in the second period, the Patriots attempted their second fake punt of the night.
The first one failed, but on the second attempt, punter Corey Rawlings gained 14 yards for a first down. Three plays later, Rawlings caught a 12-yard touchdown pass that gave Fort Dorchester a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Rawlings bounced a 32-yard field-goal attempt off the right goal post to end the Patriots’ first possession of the second half. On the Patriots’ second possession of the third quarter, the Patriots drove 65-yards for a touchdown.
The key play was a 33-yard run by Garrett, helping set up a 2-yard touchdown run by tailback Nahshon Cyrus.
The Swamp Foxes nearly scored in the final minute when quarterback Chandler Avenel threw to Dashaun Santiago in the end zone.
The pass was on target, but defensive back Jonathan Rouse was there to bat the ball away just as Santiago got his hands on it.
“We got off to a slow start and didn’t make the plays when we had opportunities,” said Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker. “We dropped a lot of passes tonight, but also they were a little more physical than us up front.”
Ashley Ridge 0 0 0 0 — 0
Fort Dorchester 0 7 7 0—14
FD — Corey Rawlings 12 pass from Kobe Garrett (Rawlings kick)
FD — Nahshon Cyrus 2 run (Rawlings kick)