Football: Ryan Ritchie lifts Burlington Central past Hampshire
By Brandon Mangia For Sun-Times Media August 24, 2012 11:26PM
Burlington Central's Ryan Ritchie tries to work his way through Hampshire's defense on Friday in Hampshire | Karen Naess ~ For Sun-Times Media
BURLINGTON CENTRAL 16, HAMPSHIRE 7
B . 3 . 7 . 6 . 0 -- 16
H . 0 . 7 . 0 . 0 -- 07
BC – Matthews 30-yard field goal, 7:13
Hamp – LaPointe (Blaese kick), 11:56
BC– Ritchie 27 run (Matthews kick), 2:16
BC – Ritchie 8 run (kick failed), 0:28.9
BC – Ritchie 14-97, Rambo 13-40, Breeden 2-11, Marino 2-3
Hamp – Anderson 9-39, LaPointe 14-40, Calvin 9-40, Kuefner 3-3
BC – Ritchie 9-13-0 105
Hamp – Anderson 9-20-2 63
BC – Lopez 2-21, Majewski 2-16, Breeden 4-57, Vasquez 1-11.
Hamp – Kuefner 2-11, Cork 2-10, Calvin 1-9, Waterworth 3-28, Crater 1-5 Team Stats
First downs — Hamp: 14; BC — 14
Passing yards — Hamp: 63; BC: 105
Rushing att.-yards — Hamp: 35-112; BC: 31-151
Total yards — Hamp: 175; BC: 256
Fumbles-lost — Hamp: 0-0; BC: 2-1
Penalties-yards — Hamp: 3-25; BC: 9-75
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:32AM
Burlington Central rode the all-around athleticism of senior quarterback Ryan Ritchie to a 16-7 win over rival Hampshire on Friday night in nonconference action.
Ritchie completed 9 of 13 passes for 105 yards, and rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, accounting for 202 of Central’s 256 total yards.
“Ritchie is a heck of a player. He did a nice job for them,” said Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh. “We didn’t take advantage of things we needed to take advantage of, period.”
Down 7-3 late in the first half, the Rockets turned the momentum when Ritchie connected with Joel Lopez for a 15-yard gain on a fourth-and-7 from the Hampshire 42-yard line. Ritchie followed with a 27-yard touchdown run and a 10-7 Central lead with 2:16 left in the half.
“Being a leader of the team I came out looking to show the team that in big situations I could come through,” Ritchie said. “On that play, I faked to the left and then came back. I had a wall full of offensive linemen in front of me. I did a little hide-and-seek game and hid behind them before breaking free.”
The Whip-Purs missed a golden opportunity early in the second half. Facing a fourth-and-11 from Central’s 25-yard line, quarterback Kyle Anderson saw a would-be touchdown pass go through his receiver’s hands in the back of the end zone. Central responded with a 72-yard touchdown drive to take a 16-7 lead with 28.9 seconds left in the third. The Rockets again converted a key fourth-and-long to extend the drive.
Anderson finished 9-of-20 passing for 63 yards and two interceptions for the Whips. He also rushed for 39 yards. Christopher Calvin and Philip LaPointe (1-yard TD) each had 40 yards rushing for Hampshire, which finished with 175 total yards.
“We challenged our defensive line because we have some experience there,” said Central coach Rich Crabel. “Our guys were a little motivated by the fact that we weren’t supposed to do things with them up front because they were bigger and more physical.”