Rams begin MVAC play next week
MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) – Mineral Ridge stays undefeated as they top Newton Falls, 26-14, this evening in their home opener. Rams’ quarterback Dakota Edwards threw for a score and also ran for another two. Ridge is 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
On the first play from scrimmage, Ridge’s junior Shakir Perkins took a long run deep inside of Newton Falls’ territory. The Tiger defense held the Rams on 4th down from the 2-yard line to force turnover on downs.
The next time the Rams possessed the ball, they scored. On a 7-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Edwards to Randall Miller midway through the first quarter to take a 6-0 advantage.
After an interception which set Ridge up at the Newton Falls’ 21-yard line, Edwards called his own number from a yard away to score the game’s second touchdown. For the two-point conversion, Edwards found Devin Winford to give the Rams a 14-0 lead.
Back comes Newton Falls, Nick Oyster connected with Brant Bungard on a 32-yard touchdown pass to bring the Tigers back within 7-points (14-7). Fifteen seconds later, the Tiger defense forced a turnover as Newton Falls started their drive inside Mineral Ridge territory. However, the Rams’ Jalen Royal-Eiland intercepted an errant Tiger pass to stop the Newton Falls threat.
Midway through the third quarter, Shakir Perkins picks off a Newton Falls pass and returned it 77-yards for a touchdown to pull the Rams ahead by 14 (20-7).
In the fourth quarter, Edwards strikes again. This time from 50-yards out as the Rams took a 26-7 advantage with just under 8 minutes to play. On the ensuing kickoff, Jacob Wright took the kick 80-yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 26-14.
Mineral Ridge (3-0) will welcome McDonald next week in their MVAC opener. Newton Falls (1-2) will welcome Crestview in their AAC Blue Tier opener as well.
Mineral Ridge, 26-14 (Final)
M – Randall Miller, 7-yard TD catch from Dakota Edwards (M 6-0)
M – Dakota Edwards, 1-yard TD run (M 14-0)
N – Brant Bungard, 32-yard TD catch from Nick Oyster (M 14-7, 11:43)
M – Shakir Perkins, 77-yard INT return for TD (M 20-7, 5:33)
M – Dakota Edwards, 50-yard TD run (M 26-7)
N – Jacob Wright, 80-yard kickoff return for TD (M 26-14)