MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with Ridge View rising senior DE/OLB Damani Staley on Monday during the Blazers’ morning workout. Staley, son of former Gamecock great Duce, was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Midlands in 2015 and is committed to USC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw3YeuyKRD8&feature=youtu.be
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with highly-regarded Ridge View safety L.A. Rogers-Anderson during team workouts on Monday, two days before the rising senior visits Colorado State with teammate Cameron Butler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n98R-KJKKKY&feature=youtu.be
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com talked with highly-regarded Ridge View wide receiver/tight end Cam Butler during team workouts on Monday, two days before the rising senior visits Colorado State with teammate L.A. Rogers-Anderson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qche6PD43d4&feature=youtu.be
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com was in the Ridge View weight room for an early morning workout on Monday. (PART 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdpdQWJiMDw&feature=youtu.be
MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com was in the Ridge View weight room for an early morning workout on Monday. (PART 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmGkQHlVOBk&feature=youtu.be
Ridge View junior Ali Kelley has emerged as a top tailback in the Columbia area this season, rushing for 696 yards and five touchdowns on only 84 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per attempt. Kelley was again outstanding in this past Tuesday’s 28-21 win over Dutch Fork, gaining 102 yards on 18 carries. The 5-9, 178-pounder will face a big test on Saturday night when the Blazers travel to region rival Westwood, a physical team with three outstanding linebackers who pride themselves on stuffing the run.
Ridge View wide receiver Cam Napper’s two touchdown receptions in the final four minutes of the third quarter powered the Blazers to a 28-21 upset of Dutch Fork on Tuesday in the Region 4-4A opener for both teams. Napper, a 5-10, 160-pound junior, and his teammates will attempt to improve to 2-0 in the region when they travel to Westwood on Saturday night.
D’Ondray Bryson-Ashford was simply superb in Ridge View’s 28-21 win over Dutch Fork on this past Tuesday night, making 8 tackles and intercepting two passes in the second half. Bryson-Ashford, a 6-1, 182-pound junior, a versatile athlete who plays all linebacker positions, corner and safety for coach Perry Park’s Blazers, is the CiCi’s Pizza Ridge View Athlete of the Week. Congratulations D’Ondray!
Before the 2015 season started, the notion that Ridge View would open Region 4-4A play with a victory over a Dutch Fork program that has played in the last three state championship games would have been borderline absurd. In addition to DF’s status as a state super-power, the Blazers had won more than four games in a season only once since 2007, the last year they finished with a winning record. Add to that a 41-7 blowout loss a year ago and it appeared a Silver Foxes win was a forgone conclusion. But in a true testament to an overwrought cliche, “that’s why they play the game”. First-year coach/wizard Perry Parks has practically performed miracles with his Blazer squad, racking up a stunning early-season win on the road at 4A power Goose Creek, coming back from a 27-7 third quarter deficit against Irmo and now, a “statement” win over their Tom Knotts-led region rivals. Stayed tuned, folks. The Perry Parks Purple Power Show has only just begun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et03RON8hoc
Ridge View football had its biggest win yet in the still-infant stages of the Coach Perry Parks Era on Tuesday, defeating perennial 4A-power Dutch Fork 28-21 in a game that the Blazers never trailed. It was the Region 5-4A opener for both teams, setting up an early-season conference showdown on Saturday between the up-and-coming Blazers and 6-1 Westwood, who blasted Lugoff-Elgin 56-14 on Monday to also start their region slate with a win. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meUnDoSO0qQ