GROVE- Needing to keep pace with the Coweta Tigers and the East Central Cardinals in the race for the District 5A-4 crown, the Grove Ridgerunners got a big win over the Edison Eagles, 28-0, on Friday night.
The Ridgerunners welcomed back injured running back Buck Maples in a big way. Maples gained 149 yards on just five carries, including an 88-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Ridgerunners (5-2, 3-1 in District 5A-4) took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Maples also got into the act in the passing game, throwing a 32-yard pass to Cameron Smith with three minutes left in the first quarter for Grove’s first score of the night, making it 6-0.
Kyle Summerfield added to the Ridgerunner lead in the second quarter when he caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Adam Steffenson with less than 40 seconds to play in the first half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Steffenson capped the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with 1:56 left in the game.
The Ridgerunner defense turned in another stellar performance, holding the Eagles (2-5, 1-3) to just nine first downs as Grove recorded its first shutout of the season.
The Eagles rushed for 146 yards, a total nearly matched by Jerrod Leach alone. Leach, getting the bulk of the work at running back, rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries, as the Ridgerunners racked up 286 yards on the ground and 456 total yards.
Steffenson finished with 138 yards and one touchdown passing, completing 11 of his 16 attempts.
The Ridgerunners will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Claremore to take on the Zebras at 7:30.