SLUH Wing(o) their way into District Semifinals – Bob Ryan Blog – Week 10 – SLUH / Ritenour

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Behind the “career” game of Raymond Wingo, the Jr Billikens upset the #3 seeded Ritenour Huskies 42-28 in an exciting game that featured tons of offense. The Huskies piled up over 500 total yards (281 rushing and 255 passing) while the Jr Bills capitalized on “big” scoring plays–generally coming from Raymond Wingo. Wingo scored ALL SIX TOUCHDOWNS for SLUH! He scored on 3 rushing plays, two pass receptions and a pick-6 INT.

The game started in a flurry. On the 2nd play from scrimmage after halting the Ritenour offense after a 1st down, SLUH QB Sam Sykora hit Wingo on a 47 yard slant pass. The speedster caught it in stride angled cross field and outran everyone for a quick score. Jacob Cox drilled home the first of his 7 PAT conversions. On 2nd play of Ritenour’s next possession, Wingo stepped in front of an intended received and raced 28 yards to the end zone. It was 14-0 at the 8:00 minute mark of the 1st quarter. The Huskies would fight back. Ritenour inserted their outstanding athlete Devin Alexander in a QB on this series. His insertion had an immediate impact. He led the Huskies on an 8 play, 72 yard drive that culminated with Alexander diving over from 1 yard out. The PAT attempt was missed making it 14-6. This miss would prove to be crucial later in the game. Key plays of the drive were a 17 yard pass to Ricky McCoy and a 19 yard run by Alexander.

Late in the 2nd quarter, the scoring jumped up again. Ritenour assembled a strong 12 play, 64 yard drive that featured a 15 yard pass from Alexander to Chrishawn Torrey and some positive gains by Alexander on the ground. The attempted slant pass to Torry on the 2 point conversion failed. It was now 14-12 … but not for long! SLUH went 69 yards, with most of it coming on a 51 yard reverse ran by David Jackson.  Wingo found the end zone at the 0:39 mark on a rushing score. With the converted PAT, the score was 21-12 at half.

The 2nd half started quickly! On the very first play of the 2nd half from scrimmage, Wingo ran a counter play 53 yards for a touchdown. Now it was 28-12. Devin Alexander brought Ritenour into the end zone as he plunged over from 4 yards out at the 6:59 mark of the 3rd quarter. Alexander scored on the 2-pointer on an option run. Now scoreboard read 28-20.  The Jr Bills, Raymond Wingo specifically, scored on a 47 yard TD score on the very 1st play after the Alexander TD! Back again to 35-20 as the 3rd quarter ended. Ritenour put together another long drive that 4:28 off the clock, took 12 plays and concluded with another Alexander 1 yard TD. His 2-point conversion pass to Torrey slashed to the lead to 35-28. It was now a 1 score game with 7:24 remaining in the game. Wingo scored again with 5:00 remaining on a 12 yard gallop and the final score of 42-28 was in place. With 3:07 left in the game, Ritenour moved the ball on a long drive from their own 20 yard line but time pressure and the SLUH bend-don’t-break defense stopped their drive with just seconds left in the game.

Clearly, the Lions Choice 212 Athlete of the Game Award winner was SLUH’s Raymond Wingo while the Custom Graphics Standout Player Award winner was Devin Alexander. Alexander racked up 182 yards rushing and 247 yards passing in his final appearance as a Huskie. He has committed to Toledo University to continue his football career. Two Ritenour receivers had 100+ yards in receiving—Ricky McCoy and Chrishawn Torrey.  In addition to Wingo’s fabulous game, defensive LB—Bryan Edwards and Michael Hall each had over ten tackles in strong performances.  #6 seed, SLUH won the turnover battle 5-1 in this exciting District Quarterfinal. The Jr Bills will now face #2 seed, CBC Cadets after CBC beat Hazelwood West. – Click here for the game

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