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Friday, Oct 18 2013 11:41 PM

Ridgeview hands South first loss of season, 27-14

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    South quarterback Edward Perez (#12) scrambles out of the pocket to avoid the sack from Mykeil Clayton (#25) of Ridgeview during the SWYL varsity South at Ridgeview High game on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Asonte Johnson (#6) from South celebrates with his teammates Isaiah Mireles (#9), Demetrius Gage (#8) and John Armenio (#22) after a fake punt resulting in a touchdown during the SWYL varsity South at Ridgeview High game on Friday.

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    By David Dennis/ Special to the Californian

    Ridgeview's Lawrence White (#7) intercepts a pass from South High quarterback Edward Perez (#12) to end the second quarter during the varsity South at Ridgeview High School football game on Friday.

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    By David Dennis/ Special to the Californian

    Mykeil Clayton (#25) catches a 35-yard reception to put Ridgeview up 20-7 during the varsity South at Ridgeview High School game on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Cristion Brown (#20) gets some motivation from Daylen Warren (#24) after his touchdown at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    The Ridgeview High cheerleaders pump up the crowed after a touchdown at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Johnnie Dirden (#5) from South makes a tackle on Ridgeview's Ja'mar Moya (36) for no gain during the varsity game at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Chris Garcia (#10) stops the run of Ja'mar Moya (#36) for a loss of about a yard at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Lawrence White (#7) intercepts a pass intended for Chris Garcia (#10) to end the second quarter at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Quarterback Lawrence White (#7) drops back and is looking deep to pass at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Asonte Johnson (#6) catches a pass and breaks the tackle of Jessie Morua (#21) in the varsity game at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Preveon Alexander (#4) and Joseph Spainhoward (#42) stop Johnnie Dirden (#5) at the line of scrimmage at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    South's Alex Kramer (#85) picks up big yards on a kickoff return and is tackled by Ridgeview's Bradley Stebbins (#29) at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Ridgeview's Ja'mar Moya (#36) looks to the referee for the touchdown call but comes up short on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    South's Keith Evans (#2) moves around in the back field to try to get a tackle at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Ridgeview's Jaccob Lopez (#23) rushes for a 4-yard gain in the game against South at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Daylen Warren (#24) is tackled by Isaiah Mireles (#9) after an 8-yard carry during the South at Ridgeview High football game on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Ridgeview's Daylen Warren (#24) takes a handoff from Lawrence White (#7) for an 8-yard carry in the first quarter at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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    By David Dennis / Special to the Californian

    Jeremiah Davison (#51) works against Cody Bourbon (#58) as he tries to break through the offensive line at Ridgeview High School on Friday.

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BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian

The long-standing kings of the South Yosemite League let everyone know that they have no intentions of abdicating their crown.

Three-time defending SYL champion Ridgeview put together a solid all-round game to beat previously undefeated South, 27-14, on Friday night.

Lawrence White passed for 137 yards and a season-high three touchdowns plus had an interception for the Wolf Pack, which led from start to finish.

"We executed very good," White said. "We worked hard all week. We were the underdogs coming into this game and we just showed them who is supposed to be on top."

Ridgeview is now 13-1 all-time in SYL games. The Wolf Pack's only league loss since the league was reconstituted three years ago was against Golden Valley in the final week of the 2010 regular season.

"Like we've always said, we want to be a target, not a doormat," Ridgeview coach Dennis Manning said. "We know it's not over. West High is going to play us tough next week but we're excited to be where we're at."

South (6-1, 1-1 SYL) came into the game 6-0 for the first time since 1968. A win over Ridgeview (4-4, 2-0 SYL) would have put the Rebels in the driver's seat to win their first league title since 1995.

The Wolf Pack came out strong on both sides of the ball, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions while stymying South offense until late in the first half, when Asonte Johnson raced 66 yards for a touchdown on a fake punt play.

Ridgeview quickly answered with White's second touchdown pass of the game, a 45-yarder to Cristion Brown, and led 20-7 at halftime.

South pulled to within seven again early in the second half, driving 80 yards capped by a Johnnie Dirden TD.

But once again the Wolf Pack had a quick response as White found Jamar Moya for a 36-yard touchdown pass.

Moya did most of the work catching a short flare and then weaving his way through several would-be tacklers en route to the end zone.

"They're valley champions for a reason," South coach Cary Mills said. "...We're still discovering how to become a good team. I thought Ridgeview played really well. And i thought we played OK."

The 27 points scored by Ridgeview is the most given up by South this year. The previous high was 23.

With the win Ridgeview is back at .500 after a tough slate of non-league games to begin the season.

"I think it silences the critics a little bit for us," Manning said of his team's wining performance against South. "We're excited. Pre-season to me is pre-season. We're looking forward to the rest of the year."

Dirden finished with 23 carries for 104 yards.

South held Wolf Pack leading rusher Jacob Lopez to 81 yards on 17 carries.

The Wolf Pack took the opening kickoff and went on 18-play, 67-yard march that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown pass by White to Daylen Warren.

The Wolf Pack controlled the ball and the clock in the first half, running 36 offensive plays to 14 for South.

Despite that huge disparity, Ridgeview only outgained the Rebels 187-152 over the opening two quarters.

South ran just 11 plays for 31 yards before Johnson's long touchdown run with 1:01 left in the first half.

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