2016 RHS Tiger Football in the News:
Opening stunner: Ridgefield rallies for 46-33 win over Trumbull
In its first game of the 2016 season, the Ridgefield High football team pulled off a comeback for the ages.
Scoring 29 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes and 33 seconds, Ridgefield stunned Trumbull, 46-33, on Friday night at Tiger Hollow.
“This is an experienced team and we clearly have a lot of firepower; we can do some really good things,” said Ridgefield head coach Kevin Callahan. “They’re (Trumbull) a lot like us. They’re a very good team. But we hadn’t played well [in the first half]. It was a matter of settling down and being the team we believe we are.”
Senior quarterback Drew Fowler led the rally, throwing for three touchdown passes and running for another in just over a quarter.
“I have to admit I was pretty rusty in the first half,” said Fowler. “Came back [in the second half], found my groove, got in a rhythm and made some big plays downfield to my big receivers.”
Trailing 27-10 at halftime, Ridgefield got a jolt of momentum when Fowler connected with Shane Palmer on a 15-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. But Trumbull had a swift reply, as Markese Woods broke free for a 72-yard scoring run to put the visitors ahead, 33-17, with 9:44 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers began their comeback when Fowler scored on a one-yard run with 33 seconds to go in the third quarter. The touchdown, set up by a 32-yard pass from Fowler to Chris Longo, was followed by a two-point conversion pass to Palmer that sliced Trumbull’s lead to 33-25 entering the fourth quarter.
Ridgefield got even closer when Fowler hit Collin Lowe on a 35-yard touchdown pass down the left side. The two-point try failed, but the Tigers were within 33-31 with 10:21 to play.
Luke Gaydos then intercepted a Trumbull pass and bolted more than 50 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the score was negated by an illegal block on the return, giving the Tigers the ball at the Trumbull 40-yard line. A few plays later, though, Ridgefield had its go-ahead score: Palmer’s 30-yard touchdown after catching Fowler’s pass on a crossing route. Fowler then found Lowe for a two-point conversion pass, putting the Tigers in front, 39-33, with 4:23 remaining.
Trumbull’s ensuing possession ended when Ridgefield linebacker Patrick Lang batted down a pass on a fourth-down play. The knockout punch followed, as Fowler and Lowe teamed for a 39-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline. Petros Papadopoulos added the extra point, extending the Tigers’ lead to 46-33 with 2:56 left in the game.
When Trumbull’s next possession was derailed by Matt Lombardo’s interception, Ridgefield’s improbable rally became reality.
Notes: Ridgefield’s first-half points came on Lang’s one-yard TD run and Papadopoulos’s 38-yard field goal.
Press Sports Reporter Rich Kaufman contributed reporting to this story.
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2013-2014 RHS Tiger Football in the news:
FCIAC football media day: League well supplied with top QBs
Updated 11:20 pm, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 / Danbury News Times
New Canaan, Staples, Bassick, Ridgefield, Danbury and Greenwich all bring back quarterbacks with varsity experience, making it that much tougher for Vazzano to be named All-FCIAC in back-to-back seasons.
Ridgefield: The Tigers opened the last two years against Greenwich and should be glad to not see the Cardinals on their schedule this season. Ridgefield is rebuilding on the offensive line but returns center Wyatt Hemley, quarterback Ryan Dunn and starters at running back and tight end. If any team is going to crack the domination of the perennial powers, it may be this version of the Tigers.
Game to watch: Ridgefield at St. Joseph, Sept. 28: If either of these schools hopes to win the FCIAC, this game should be the springboard to that goal.
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Ridgefield football team wins second straight
Danbury News times Published 11:08 pm, Saturday, September 21, 2013
RIDGEFIELD -- Ridgefield High senior Will Bonaparte scored four rushing touchdowns and junior Jimmy Turner added two scores of his own as the Tigers defeated Fairfield Ludlowe 41-20 on Friday night in an FCIAC football clash.
Ridgefield (2-0) opened a 34-0 halftime lead, thanks in part to Bonaparte touchdown runs of 50, 13 and five yards.
Bonaparte added a 52-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Ridgefield opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 65-yard drive that culminated with a six-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ryan Dunn to Turner to make it 6-0.
Noah Broder and Aiden Mauro each had interceptions to help lead the Ridgefield defense.
Dunn, Ridgefield rout Harding
Updated 4:50 pm, Monday, October 21, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- Will Bonaparte's pads were already off, his jersey and helmet had been packed away and he couldn't help himself from looking ahead.
"I'm ready to play Darien next week," Ridgefield's senior tailback said. "I really want that game."
Bonaparte's day -- a little more than two quarters of carries -- had been over for a while. He wasn't needed much in the second half, in 24 minutes of anticlimactic football.
Once again, Ridgefield rolled.
Bonaparte rushed for 129 yards and one touchdown and Ryan Dunn threw for four scores as the Tigers routed Harding 43-0 on Saturday at Hedges Field.
"I felt today we did some good things. It felt more like a complete game today," Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan said.
Overpowering on both ends of the ball, Ridgefield led 29-0 at halftime and by 43 points after three quarters before calling off the starters in the fourth. It was the Tigers' (5-1) third straight win since they were picked apart by unbeaten St. Joseph 41-12 on Sept. 28.
Harding, which was without coach Jack Cochran for a third straight week, dropped its fourth in a row to fall to 2-4. Cochran is still dealing with a medical issue, according to Bridgeport school officials.
"It's obvious that at times we can play with anybody in the FCIAC. When we start to lack the discipline and the focus, that's when it all starts to go downhill," said defensive coordinator Eddie Santiago, who's filling in at Cochran's spot. "There were moments in that game where we had it."
Santiago won't allow the Presidents to lose their focus, completely.
"I'm going to continue to coach. It's up to us as a coaching staff and the student-athletes as a whole to continue to play and coach," he said.
Ridgefield scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and led 22-0 only 10 seconds into the second quarter.
Bonaparte capped an opening six-play, 56-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion. Dunn connected for touchdowns with Micky Carbone, 36 yards, and Erik Weber, 16 yards, on the next two drives.
The Tigers had shown enough to leave Callahan confident heading into next Saturday's (1:30 p.m.) visit to Darien (5-1). The Blue Wave have won two straight since losing to St. Joseph, 28-14, on Oct. 5.
"That's why I'm glad that we played well. I feel better coming off it," Callahan said. "If we were having issues or problems, we had a week to get them fixed.
"I think we're in a pretty good place right now."
Bonaparte, who had 19 carries in the win, certainly left feeling good.
"You've got to stay focused for these kinds of games," he said. "The focus will carry over to the big ones."
Jack Boscia scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter -- the first coming on a 17-yard pass from Dunn to make it 36-0. After a three-and-out on Harding's next drive, Boscia picked up a punt off a bounce and returned it 45 yards for a score. By that point, it was already over for Harding.
The Presidents found it nearly impossible to move the ball all day. The Tigers notched four sacks and an interception by Robert Peckham.
Following yet another loss, Cochran's status with Harding still remains unclear. When Santiago was asked if he expects to coach in Cochran's place the rest of the season, he deferred comment to the athletic director. Santiago also had no comment when asked if he had been in contact with the head coach.
Ridgefield 43, Harding 0
RIDGEFIELD 15 14 14 0 -- 43
HARDING 0 0 0 0 -- 0
R -- Will Bonaparte 7 run (Bonaparte run)
R -- Micky Carbone 36 pass from Ryan Dunn (Petros Papadopoulos kick)
R -- Erik Weber 16 pass from Dunn (Collin Lowe kick)
R -- Chris Rossini 12 pass from Dunn (Papadopoulos kick)
R -- Jack Boscia 17 pass from Dunn (Papadopoulos kick)
R -- Boscia 45 punt return (Papadopoulos kick)
Records: Ridgefield 5-1; Harding 2-4.
Football: Tigers crush Harding, 43-0, for third straight win
By The Ridgefield Press on October 19, 2013 in Sports
In its most complete performance so far this season, the Ridgefield High football team routed Harding, 43-0, on Saturday in Bridgeport.
It was the third straight win for the Tigers, who improved to 5-1.
Ridgefield rolled to a 29-0 halftime lead and kept Harding (2-4) scoreless thanks to a strong defensive effort that included four sacks by Patrick Weston.
Quarterback Ryan Dunn threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Micky Carbone, Erik Weber, Chris Rossini, and Jack Boscia for scores.
Will Bonaparte ran for a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and Boscia completed the scoring on a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Darien holds off Ridgefield football team, 19-14
By The Ridgefield Press on October 26, 2013 in Sports Darien denied Ridgefield on a fourth-down pass play inside Blue Wave territory to hold on for a 19-14 victory over the Tigers in an FCIAC football game Saturday in Darien.
The Tigers, who were playing their fifth straight road game, dropped to 5-2 with the loss, while Darien improved to 6-1.
Erik Weber caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Dunn in the fourth quarter to bring Ridgefield with five points at 19-14. And after the Tigers held Darien deep in Ridgefield territory, the visitors moved the ball to the Darien 37-yard-line. Following a five-yard penalty, a fourth-down pass attempt was incomplete, and Darien took over possession and ran out the clock.
Darien led 12-0 before Dunn hit Andrew Chuma with a 10-yard scoring pass late in the second quarter to make it 12-7 at halftime.
The Blue Wave took a 19-7 lead on Myles Ridder’s 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Ridgefield’s leading rusher, Will Bonaparte, was injured early in the game and did not return.
McMahon visits Ridgefield in key FCIAC, LL football contest
Published 9:23 pm, Thursday, November 7, 2013
When people were circling big games on the football schedule back in August, few probably raised a pen at the McMahon-Ridgefield matchup slated for the second to last week before the FCIAC championship.
However, with the Senators yet to lose a game and in the hunt for a spot in both the FCIAC championship and Class LL playoffs, and the Tigers fighting to keep their hopes alive in LL, Friday's game is suddenly on the radar.
Add in that these Central Division foes have played close games the last three years, and Tiger Hollow will be hopping for Senior Night, Friday night in Ridgefield has all the making for a stellar matchup.
McMahon has won two of the last three against Ridgefield (21-12 in 2010 and 22-14 in 2012) while the Tigers won at Tiger Hollow in 2011, 15-14.
Both coaches know that this year should be more of the same with to evenly matched teams.
"This is a big game," Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan said. "There will be a two-loss team in the Class LL playoffs, so, why not us? There are a lot of points on the line in this game. We are going to be challenged; I think this will be a very competitive game."
McMahon has played all season with a mentality that they are starting fresh at 0-0 every week, so, when coach A.J. Albano hears whispers about the quality of his team's opponents, he brushes it off.
"Everyone said we are only good enough to beat .500 teams," Albano said. "We as a staff have challenged these kids, saying `We are 0-0 every Monday,' and the kids have done an unbelievable job of taking it one game at a time. We hear the whispers, but we have a big game in front of us. If we just keep winning it doesn't matter what people are saying."
Both teams come in evenly matched with talented seniors on offense and defense meaning special teams and holding onto the ball could be what decides that contest.
Ridgefield lost running back and punter Will Bonaparte to injury against Darien, a game they lost 19-14, and the loss may have been felt on special teams more so than on offense.
"When (Bonaparte) was hurt it affected us big time," Callahan said. "He is one of our best athletes and could be an intangible in this game because playing the field position game will be important. That is something that is a point of emphasis for us."
Albano echoed Callahan's sentiments.
"The key to being successful in game like this? We have to win special teams," Albano said. "I think we match up evenly, so, it will come down to which team tackles better, who can make a big play on special teams and, it is cliche I know, but you have to win turnovers. If we can force turnovers that will be huge."