LICK CREEK – South Floyd dropped its regular-season finale on Friday night, falling to host East Ridge in a non-district high school football game. Prevailing in a shootout, East Ridge defeated visiting South Floyd 77-46.
With the loss, South Floyd exited the regular-season 3-7.
East Ridge ended the regular-season 4-6 with the win.
The Warriors rushed for 599 yards in the winning effort. East Ridge thrived offensively throughout the non-district matchup.
Leading East Ridge to the win, Brody Donaldson rushed 19 times for 404 yards and six touchdowns.
Leighton Miller rushed 16 times for 114 yards and one touchdown in the Warriors’ win.
Another productive East Ridge running back, Trey Little, rushed eight times for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Aiding the East Ridge offensive attack, quarterback Jacob Clark completed 3-of-4 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Little hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass reception for the Warriors.
East Ridge fared well on offense, defense and special teams. Michael Conn posted a pair of interceptions for the East Ridge defense.
Kenkoda Rife posted 10 tackles, Johnson and Williams Adkins notched nine apiece and Miller contributed eight for the Warriors.
Pacing South Floyd offensively, quarterback Hunter Johnson completed 17-of-35 passes for 314 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
The South Floyd quarterback connected on passes to five different receivers. Johnson’s top target, Andrew Tackett, reeled in 10 receptions for 238 yards and five touchdowns.
Leading South Floyd on the ground, James Little rushed 20 times for 48 yards.
Tackett and Little led the South Floyd defensive effort with 10 tackles apiece.
Johnson notched nine tackles and teammates Dustin Huff and Trevor Varney chipped in eight apiece for the Raiders.
South Floyd will visit former state runner-up Williamsburg for the opening round of the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday, Nov. 6. Kickoff for the South Floyd-Williamsburg football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-3603.