Powerful Hurricane Karl hits Mexican Gulf coast

A view of Maracaibo beach in Nautla, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Friday, Sept. 17. Hurricane Karl, which reached Category 3 strength in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to reach the country's central coast Friday.

Ashley Ridge prevented West Ashley from achieving the best start in school history, taking a 17-14 victory over the Wildcats on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

West Ashley (3-1) was trying to win the first four games of the season for the first time in school history.

"We had our opportunities," said West Ashley coach Bobby Marion.

Both teams moved the ball well in the first half. West Ashley scored first, driving 85 yards in 15 plays after an Ashley Ridge fumble and scoring on a 21-yard run by quarterback Thomas Woodhead, who ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

On the second play of the second quarter, Ashley Ridge junior QB Jacob Thompson carried it in from nine yards out tie the score at 7-7.

After a missed field goal by West Ashley, the Swamp Foxes (3-1) needed only five plays to go 80 yards, with Romelo Doctor sprinting 64 yards for the score.

"Romelo found another gear on that play," said Swamp Fox head coach Kenny Walker, whose team rushed for 220 yards, including 93 yards on eight carries by Doctor and 67 on 15 tries by Thompson.

"Our misdirection worked well tonight," said Walker. "Our offensive line coach did a great job with our zone blocking."

Marion agreed, saying, "We had trouble with their running game. They've got a couple of great backs."

Ashley Ridge kicker Dalton Robinson made it 17-7 right before the half with a 43-yard field goal.

West Ashley came out on fire to start the second half, marching 63 yards in 13 plays for Woodhead's 1-yard TD to cut the lead to 17-14 with 5:23 to go in the third quarter.

" That was part of our game plan," said Marion. "We wanted to have the long drives and control the game."

The tightness of the game did not surprise Walker.

"We knew it was going to be a fourth quarter game," he said. "The last two years have been close games. We are very similar teams."

West Ashley -- Thomas Woodhead 21 run (Matt Stonaker kick)

Ashley Ridge -- Jacob Thompson 9 run (Dalton Robinson kick)

Ashley Ridge -- Romelo Doctor 64 run (Robinson kick)

Ashley Ridge -- Robinson 43 FG

West Ashley -- Woodhead 1 run (Stonaker kick)