Highland tops River Ridge

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River Ridge’s Kaden Kaufman (88) follows the blocking of Will Cooley (23) versus Highland Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ethan Hunt of River Ridge goes through the opening for a good gain.

The Timberwolves’ Logan Drone moves in for the tackle against the Cardinals.

River Ridge’s Logan Drone fights for extra yardage after the initial hit.

Brody Kielley (64) gets in on the tackle against visiting Highland Friday night.

The River Ridge defense turns the Highland ball carrier around and sends him backwards and to the ground in playoff action Friday night.

Third-seeded Highland defeated host and second seeded River Ridge 32-14 in a WIAA Division 6 playoff game Friday night. 

The Cardinals scored on a 40-yard pass with 9:37 to go in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.

Highland had a 47-yard pass for a TD with 2:33 left in the first frame to grab a 12-0 advantage.

Ethan Hunt caught a pass from Logan Drone that covered 83 yards for a touchdown with 6:57 remaining in the half as the Timberwolves pulled to within 12-6.

The Cardinals scored on a 25-yard pass at the 1:05 mark of the second period to gain an 18-6 halftime lead.

Highland scored again with 7:36 to play in the third quarter and ran in the 2-point conversion to increase the margin to 26-6.

Drone ran it in from 3 yards out and Will Cooley ran in the 2-point play as the Timberwolves got to with 26-14 with 2:03 left in the third.

Highland scored on a 5-yard run with 11:29 left in the fourth period to make the final score, 32-14.

Highland had 158 yards rushing. River Ridge had 116. Highland recorded 165 yards passing. River Ridge had 157. Highland had 12 first downs. River Ridge had 11 first downs.

Drone had 14 carries for 52 yards for the Timberwolves. Cooley rushed 12 times for 24 yards. Kaden Kaufman had 5 rushes for 24 yards. Hunt carried the ball 4 times for 16 yards.

Drone was 10 of 21 passing for 157 yards.

Hunt caught 7 passes for 132 yards and a TD. Braden Crubel had 2 receptions for 22 yards. Kaufman had 1 catch for 3 yards.

River Ridge ended its season with a 5-3 overall record.

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