After struggling in last weeks referee scrimmage against Westside, the Ridgeview Panthers went back to work to fix those mistakes in practice this week.
Max Monroe, a St. John’s Country Day transfer, completed 8-of-12 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, all in the opening
half, to power Ridgeview to a 27-0 victory over visiting Keystone Heights Friday night in a preseason game. The varsity players played in the opening half while the JV teams played the second half.
Panther first-year head coach Matt Knauss earned his first victory at the Orange Park school.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on two of their three first-half possessions to move out to a 14-0 lead at intermission. Ray Gonzalez scored on a four yard run capping off a nine play drive covering 61 yards while Glendon Miller (two catches for 50 yards) hauled in a beautiful 25 yard pass for the other score. Spencer Calise had two receptions for 33 yards while Austin Leonard converted on the two extra-point attempts.
On defense the Panthers were led by linebacker Jacob Meyer who had an interception, a sack and five tackles while Jaquez Booker and Colby Bridges each recorded four tackles.
Keystone Heights had an impressive opening 14 play drive marching down to the Panther 19 yard line but turned the ball over on downs. Colby Townsend rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries while Kade Sanders rushed for 19 yards n seven rushes and added a sack on defense.
The Indians offensive line of a Luke Snyder, Chris Hoffmeyer, Mason Wright and Cody Wells did a nice job of run blocking on the opening dive. The lack of depth really showed as the game wore on for the Indians.
The Panthers will host Baldwin in the season opener on Friday at 7:00 p.m. while the Indians will host Fernandina Beach.