Ridgefield closes out season against Columbia River

Spudders will try to down the Chieftains in Week 9 for second straight season

Ridgefield Spudders (1-7, 0-5 2A GSHL)

Week 1: Ridgefield 41, Castle Rock 0

Week 2: W.F. West 33, Ridgefield 13

Week 3: La Center 35, Ridgefield 7

Week 4: Hockinson 42, Ridgefield 15

Week 5: Washougal 34, Ridgefield 14

Week 6: Mark Morris 30, Ridgefield 27

Week 7: R.A. Long 29, Ridgefield 7

Week 8: Woodland 40, Ridgefield 16
Next: vs. Columbia River, 7 p.m. Friday at Ridgefield

The Spudders had no answer against Woodland but hope to repeat a little Week 9 magic against Columbia River.

Special teams to offense:

Hunter Abrams returned a kickoff 25 yards to set up Ridgefield in strong position for its first touchdown.

A few plays later, it was Abrams who found himself in the end zone after a 17-yard touchdown run.

In the second half, it looked to me that it was Connor Lewis who had a strong return, setting up the Spudders again.

Jeremy Martin had a 22-yard run to spark the drive. Abrams finished it with a 1-yard TD plunge.

Ridgefield’s grandstand will be full Friday when the Spudders try to defeat Columbia River in Week 9 for the second straight season. Photo by Mike Schultz
Ridgefield’s grandstand will be full Friday when the Spudders try to defeat Columbia River in Week 9 for the second straight season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Coach Speak:

What did Kim Ulman think about his team’s performance in Week 8? “We played very well at times. Just gave up too many big plays.”

MVP on offense: Hunter Abrams. Besides his TDs, he rushed for more than 90 yards.

MVP on defense: Linebacker Andrew Rommel.

Thoughts on Week 9 vs. Columbia River: “We look to finish the season by playing our best game yet,’’ Ulman said. “Hopefully we can help break up the three-way tie for second.”

Note:

Going into Week 9, Columbia River is tied, in the loss column, with Washougal and Woodland. It is very possible all three could finish in a tie. Ridgefield, though, remembers beating Columbia River in Week 9 last year, keeping the Chieftains from sharing a league title.

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