Clippers destroy River Ridge 68-14, move to 2-0


AMBOY – The cowbells and Clipper’s signs were rocking in the bleachers on Friday during the Week 2 matchup in Amboy between the Amboy Clippers and the River Ridge Wildcats football teams.

Amboy scored its first touch down with 1:57 off of the clock and never slowed down as the Clippers pummeled the Wildcats 68-14.

“We were well prepared for their offense. We knew they kind of had an odd offense that not a lot of teams run,” said Amboy junior tight end and defensive end, Brennan Blaine. “We studied film and knew that the QB (Sam Ries) could throw the ball well. Our defensive backs covered the receivers very well.”

The first touchdown of game came from sophomore fullback Quinn Leffelman and he added on two more points with the two-point conversion run.

Junior running back Kye Koch scored next on a 13-yard run with 7:10 on the first quarter clock. Leffelman ran in another two points to give the Clippers a 16-0 lead.

The next two scoring drives were passes from senior quarterback Tucker Lindenmeyer to Blaine. The first was for 25 yards, Lindenmeyer ran in the two points, and the second was for 65 yards to give Amboy a 36-0 lead after the first quarter.

“A team like we have, we can do pretty much anything,” said Blaine, who finished with three receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. “We started off running off-tackle power plays and they worked well. Once they stopped that, we opened it up, threw the ball, and that worked, too.

“It seemed like everyone scored. I’m really proud of these guys for playing the way we did.”

The second quarter started in the same fashion, as junior running back Landon Whelchel scored on a 41-yard run, he also ran in the two-point conversion, with 10:17 on the clock and sophomore Eddie Jones ran in a 12-yard score at the 2:33 mark, Whelchel ran in for two, to give the Clippers a 52-0 halftime lead.

“It was a great night. Our offensive line did a great job of blocking and our backs did a great job of hitting the holes,” said Amboy coach Scott Payne. “Our offense got going and once it got going, we didn’t punt the ball one time, that’s always a plus.”

With a running clock intact, the second half saw the Clipper’s backup players take to the field.

Payne was happy with their play and glad everyone got some playing time.

“Our backup running backs came in and everyone ran the ball well. In the second half, we put in Geo Gatza, who is usually a lineman, in at fullback. He broke a run for about 20 yards,” Payne said. “It was good to see this, everyone have fun, and everyone get significant playing time. That helps build confidence as we move on in the season.”

River Ridge scored for the first time in the game at 6:34 in the third quarter.

Amboy didn’t wait long to answer as Ben Fry scored on a 23 yard run with 4:02 left in the third. Gatza ran in the two-point conversion.

Gatza saw the endzone in the fourth quarter as his 20-yard TD run, followed with another two-point run, came with 11:12 in the final frame.

River Ridge ended the game’s scoring with a 13-yard run with 7:20.

The Clippers then let the time run down as they are ready for the Week 3 matchup against Milledgeville.

“That’s a big game. Milegvile and us, we had some good games last year,” Payne said. “They have some of their top players from last year back. They’re a well-coached football team. Coach Jason Wroble does a good job coaching his kids and they have a fundamentally sound football team.”  

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