December 18, 2014

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H.S. Football: Jeff Riesen gets 200th win as North Ridgeville beats Rocky River 76-48

Jeff Riesen

Jeff Riesen

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The power failed several times Friday night in the lights on the west side of Rangers Stadium.

There was certainly no lack of electricity on the field.

North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen got his 200th career win as the Rangers defeated Rocky River 76-48.

“In all the years I coached as an assistant and then as the head coach, it was really good to win it on this field,” Riesen said. “I told the kids that winning that number of games is not about me, it is about all the good kids I’ve coached over the years. And to win it at North Ridgeville is something special.”

North Ridgeville didn’t need long to light up the scoreboard, as Demario McCall went 71 yards on the first offensive play with 8:53 to play in the first quarter. Ryan Blagojevic kicked the point and it was 7-0.

Not long after, McCall went 59 yards for a touchdown on the Rangers’ second play from scrimmage at 7:35. The 2-point conversion run failed and North Ridgeville led 13-0.

McCall finished with five touchdowns that included a 39-yard punt return at the start of the fourth quarter. He totaled 289 yards.

“After missing last week I wanted to come back and pick up my game,” said McCall, who sat with an ankle injury. “I felt I missed the game, now I’ve got to come out and make up for it. I came out for my teammates to make up for missing the game.

“My offensive line, I can’t say enough about them.”

Rangers quarterback Jason Lucas also had a big game, as he ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

Rocky River didn’t roll over and play dead, as it cut the lead to 20-13.

The game turned into a scoring bonanza, as the teams went touchdown for touchdown . It stayed that way even when the coaches substituted in the fourth quarter.

The best backup touchdown was from Rocky River quarterback Brian Lowry, who raced 70 yards with 26 seconds left.

Rocky River coach Rick Adams could hardly find the words to describe how he felt.

“We have to coach our team better,” he said. “I didn’t do a good job this week. The only thing that we can take from this game is that we were able to put up 48 points.”

On the other end of the field, Riesen was smiling for about 201 reasons.

“It was one of those nights when our offense executed at a high level and Demario was on fire,” he said. “But knowing the way he is, I’m sure he would tell you if he hasn’t already that he needs those people up front blocking.”

Contact Ron Nenadal at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.