A slumbering hiatus rejuvenated the Yellow Jackets navigating their adventure into Ellenboro to commandeer a 14-nil advantage over Ritchie County in the opening frame, but the Rebels responded to save homecoming with a 28-21 victory last Friday.
“Moorefield is an imposing team and you could tell that early in the game, but we made some adjustments and were able to do just enough to win it,” Ritchie County coach Rick Haught remarked.
“Having that many turnovers isn’t like us. We were kind of shell shocked, but then midway in the second quarter we found some things that worked. We got the momentum going the half and were hoping in the second half to wear them down. Let’s face it, they haven’t played a lot of games. They don’t have any game legs underneath them and we made enough plays to win the ball game. We always put a defense in that will help us win. We are growing up and maturing and we’ve been in this situation before.”
Moorefield (2-2) hadn’t played since September 18 due to the COVID-19 exposure and entered the contest with as much gusto as possible in attempt to knock down the Rebels (4-2). However, a plethora of mistakes interfered with the mission.
Ritchie County managed to gain one first down on the opening drive of the homecoming game, but the Yellow Jackets defense was stout in forcing a punt without allowing the Rebels to cross midfield.
The Yellow Jackets have been struggling without having games to play due to the pandemic. This week’s game against Philip Barbour has been canceled due to Barbour County being gold in the metrics map. Moorefield is looking for an opponent.