Ritchea Has Big Day for Dragons
Tailback runs for 261 yards, 5 TDs
WHEELING — Cameron coach Scott Holt was worried about Friday night’s game against Valley because of the Lumberjacks’ size up front.
Andrew Ritchea helped ease Holt’s concerns. Again and again and again and again and again.
Ritchea had the best game of the career and one of the best in school history, rushing for 261 yards and five touchdowns as Cameron hammered Valley, 48-6, at Dragon Stadium.
“Our kids continue to impress me week to week with their approach,” Holt said. “Coaches do a great job of game planning, kids do a great job of trusting us to put them in the right spots and when that comes together, you get a good thing. And right now we got a good thing going.
“Andrew is a great kid and a hard worker. He deserves the accolades he will get from (Friday’s) performance. We have really grown as a unit on the offensive line and Andrew puts us on his shoulders a lot of the time. We have had running backs that have done that over the years and he has added his name to that list. He is that guy you want in that foxhole with you when things get tough.”
Things were rarely tough for Cameron (3-0) on Friday.
Valley, which fumbled nine times two weeks ago in its opener, had a case of the drops early on. The Lumberjacks (0-2) fumbled on their first two possessions.
Cameron was unable to capitalize the first time, but given a second chance, the Dragons did.
Ritchea scored his first touchdown of the night from 7 yards out.
Later in the quarter, Ritchea exploded for a 48-yard score before the quarter ended. That was the first of three straight times Ritchea touched the ball and scored.
Cameron’s first drive of the second quarter saw Ritchea break free for a 57-yard scoring jaunt. On the next Dragons possession, following an incomplete pass, Ritchea scored again, this time from 44 yards.
“I went into it and was hoping to get some yards because I knew how big they were,” Ritchea said. “Last year when we played them, I got thrown around a good bit. I worked a lot on my cutbacks during the offseason and I think that helped me out.
“My line was great. People think we may be too small, but they we are fast. They get you right before you realize it, then you get me coming through. Hayden Hoge and Jacob (Rogers) and Preston Yeater, they take care of the big guys up front. Colton Dobbs and Deacan Carmicheal are quick pullers and get the linebackers.”
Aidan Lucey connected with Travis Mickey on a 27-yard score right before half as the Dragons went in to the locker room with a 34-0 lead.
Ritchea won’t be the only one smiling in the household this week as his brother, Matthew, also got in on the scoring, taking a slant pass from Lucey 55 yards to the end zone on the first drive of the second quarter.
Andrew completed the Dragons scoring with a 51-yard run on the next possession.
“This is the third team that has outsized us, but we have gotten to the point of attack first and the kids know what to do,” Holt said. “They read scouting reports and trust us to do what we tell them. If we get to the spot first, it really doesn’t matter who is on you.”
Cameron held Valley to 91 totals yards of offense and five first downs.
Gavin Streets scored on a 4-yard broken play to help the Lumberjacks avoid the shutout.
“We didn’t quit and we battled really hard, but we ended with 15 kids and we have to see where we are health-wise Monday,” Valley coach Logan Miller said. “The first two drives we fumbled again and it was not the way to start the game. Sixteen-year-old kids, that gets in your head.
“The Ritchea kid is quick and we are going to see some quick kids on our schedule so we better get used to it. That is a good football team that is a playoff team and are going to go 10-0 again. We don’t need to hang our heads with a loss to that team.”
∫ Injuries hit Valley hard in the game as two kids were taken away in an ambulance. Because of that, and the score, the third quarter was played with a running clock and the fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes.
∫ As good as Ritchea’s game was, he was still way off of a school record, which is 351 yards by Clayton Ward against Beallsville.
Cameron 48, Valley 6
Valley 0 0 6 0 — 6
Cameron 12 22 14 0 — 48
C — A.Ritchea 7 run (pass failed), 8:55
C — A. Ritchea 48 run (run failed), 2:43
C — A. Ritchea 57 run (Mickey pass from Lucey), 10:52
C — A.Ritchea 44 run (Scott pass from Lucey), 8:49
C — Mickey 27 pass from Lucey (pass failed), :21.6
C — M.Ritchea 55 pass from Lucey (Lucey run), 10:46
C — A.Ritchea 51 run (run failed), 7:56
V — Streets 4 run (run failed), 4:28
Rushing: Valley 34-77-td (Bradley 2-32, Sell 3-26, Satterfield 4-10, Fluharty 10-6, Streets 15-3-td); Cameron 20-286-5td (A.Ritchea 11-261-5td; Lucey 2-20; Broughton 2-9, Presto 3-0, G.Scott 2-(-4))
Passing: Valley 1-9-14-2x (Streets 1-4-14-x, 0-5-0-x); Cameron 11-24-190-2td-x (Lucey 9-21-171-2td-x; Broughton 2-3-19)
Receiving: Valley 1-14 (Sell 1-14); Cameron 11-190-2td (M.Ritchea 4-95-td, Mickey 2-53-td, T.Scott 2-15, Ball 1-12, Neely 1-8, G.Scott 1-7).
First Downs: Valley 5, Cameron 12.
Penalties: Valley 4-20, Cameron 7-75.
Fumbles-Lost: Valley 3-2, Cameron 1-1.