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TARPON SPRINGS - Only when the clock started ticking mercifully in the second half Thursday as a result of the 35-point rule, did River Ridge coach Tim Stevens figure he had seen something out of his team.
"That's when the seniors showed the juniors how not to quit," Stevens said. "We had kids who played hard and competed, but we just didn't have enough of them."
Nor did they have Marquise Gamble. The Tarpon Springs all-purpose threat scored on offense, defense and special teams as the Spongers defeated the Royal Knights 49-0.
"He's a lot faster than anything we've got," Stevens said of Gamble. "One of our mistakes was that we didn't contain him at all. I have a feeling we're not the only team he's done this to before, nor the last."
River Ridge went to Shawn Ford on the ground first, trying to open up the passing game later. On the Knights' second possession, the Spongers picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown, adding to an earlier running touchdown for a 14-0 first quarter lead.
Ford led all Royal Knights with 25 yards on 10 carries. Blake Spinks completed four passes for 22 yards but six combined turnovers doomed the Knights (0-7). Eric Karcinski had a decent night punting, averaging 40 yards a boot.
David Sowers made eight tackles, including one for a loss alongside Steve Koelpin (five tackles), but River Ridge was bombarded with speed from the Spongers (4-4), who racked up 208 yards on the ground.
"We're not nearly as big or as fast or anything compared to any school we are going to play," Stevens said. "But if we can't be positive and play hard and not quit, then we are never going to turn this thing around."