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Pasco takes care of Ridgewood but loses a playoff berth to Sarasota Booker.
By STEVE LEE
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 3, 2001
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood won just once this season, and Friday against Pasco the Rams were again hard-pressed to put a complete game together.
Which meant the result was much the same as Ridgewood's other games -- a 54-33 loss to Pasco, which was a playoff long-shot before the game.
The Pirates will miss the postseason because they finished with the same number of victories as Sarasota Booker, but Booker gets the region's final berth because its opponents had more victories.
After spotting the host Rams (1-9) a 13-0 lead on the first of two Adamm Oliver touchdown runs and Jon Emminger's 11-yard scoring pass to John Krupinski, Pasco (6-4) bounced back to take a 33-26 halftime lead.
"They came out with a lot of fire and we came out flat," Pasco coach Ricky Thomas said. "We had to settle down and play our game."
For a two-minute, 55-second span of the second quarter, the game looked more like a track meet than football. The teams scored 13 points apiece during the foray that started with Oliver's 55-yard run and concluded with a 78-yard sweep by Pasco's Anton Standifer. In between, Standifer had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Ridgewood's Sean Jester scored on a 15-yard run.
Ridgewood's Anthony Ponds nearly made it back-to-back scores on kickoff returns, but was tackled at Pasco's 32-yard line after a 62-yard return.
Standifer wound up with 263 all-purpose yards including 158 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards.
Joe Howell contributed to the Pirates' offense with 19 carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns. His second touchdown run with 3:41 left in the half put Pasco ahead for good.
Oliver gained 193 yards on 25 carries, both career highs. Pasco's Ben Alford passed for 114 yards, helping Pasco amass 436 yards of offense.