Knights still seek first win
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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River Ridge and quarterback Steven Spears (3) will be in for another big test tonight when they host reigning region champion Ridgeland.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
River Ridge and quarterback Steven Spears (3) will be in for another big test tonight when they host reigning region champion Ridgeland.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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Going out to face last year’s Region 7AAAA champion and Class AAAA state runner-up, River Ridge coach Robert Braucht would, at the very least, like to have his team in midseason form.

The problem with that is that it will be just the third game of the season for the Knights (0-2) when they host Ridgeland (0-1) tonight, and things haven’t looked too good so far.

In a season-opening loss to Sequoyah, River Ridge didn’t score until the waning minutes. Last week against Creekview, miscues cost them a win.

So, for the second straight season, the Knights are 0-2 and facing the

real possibility of, once again, being 0-3 when they head to LaFayette next week.

“Being 0-2 is not a lot of fun for anybody,” Braucht said. “That is our feeling about it. We have been in that boat before as a program. We are going to be like everyone else in the country that is 0-2 and work hard to get out of that.”

Still, Braucht has seen things in practice to be encouraged about.

“Our kids have been getting after each other all week and have remained healthy doing it,” he said. “Hopefully, all of that will correspond back to the game (tonight).”

The 2013 edition of Ridgeland has actually had less game experience than River Ridge, losing its only game to Calhoun, 37-0. But after taking a week off to lick any wounds, the Panthers should be much like the team that defeated River Ridge twice last season — once in the regular season and again in the Region 7AAAAA championship game.

Braucht admits he doesn’t know much about this year’s Ridgeland team.

“They are the state runner-up in Class AAAA. That’s about all I need to know,” he said.

Braucht coach went on to describe the Panthers as focused and driven.

River Ridge, meanwhile, will approach this game as it has the first two. Braucht won’t be breaking out any new plays, and the same personnel will go to work on the field.

“Our approach is to do what we do,” he said. “We aren’t changing that. We just need to coach a little harder, coach a little better and keep on guiding our kids in the right directions.”

Running back E.J. Ellis and quarterback Steven Spears have been the driving force of the Knights’ offense. Defensively, the team has relied on leading tacklers Devontae McIntosh, Paris Collins and Jacob Samuels.

“We are going to keep starting the kids and playing the kids that work hard in practice,” Braucht said. “That is what our program is about. The kids that work hard and do what they are asked to are the kids that are going to play.”
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