Whitehaven and Ridgeway are familiar football foes, with the outcome mostly predictable, meaning that the Tigers of “The Haven” emerge as the victors. Such was the case again this year.
This season’s out-of-conference matchup yielded a 41-21 win for Class 6A Whitehaven over the Roadrunners of Class 4A during the second week of high school football.
For the Tigers, the game showed steps forward in confidence on offense and the development of a more balanced attack. That contributed to the undoing of the Roadrunners.
Whitehaven’s sophomore quarterback, William Carver, completed touchdown passes to Joe Williams and Mikkal Stewart, with Carver adding a rushing touchdown. Derrius Boddie controlled the ground, breaking away for a 65-yard touchdown on one of his two scores.
Ridgeway played hard in the first half but could not match up with the Tigers, who led 28-7 at halftime.
“We are down on numbers and we did not play well enough to win today,” said Ridgeway head coach Durron Sutton, “I think we will have a good team going forward.”
Whitehaven head coach Rodney Saulsberry said it was a “great game as far as the results” for the Tigers, “but we have things we need to work on. Offensively we snapped on today. We have to learn to sustain success and how to deal with prosperity.”
Saulsberry noted the improved play of Carver at quarterback.
“He has done a great job of honing in and just learning. I am excited about the growth potential he has. He does a great job of lifting other guys up.”
Ridgeway (0-2) will look to get its first win of the season when the Roadrunners host Warren County (0-1) this week.
Whitehaven will stay on the road and travel to play the Germantown Red Devils (1-1) in the district opener for both teams.