Four first-quarter touchdowns and a dominating defense helped Country Day waltz to a 49-6 victory at home over Ridgewood Prep on Friday.
The Cajuns (3-1) led 42-0 at the half and didn’t allow the Eagles (0-3) to cross midfield until midway through the fourth period.
Country Day did not allow the Eagles to gain a first down during the first three quarters and forced three turnovers.
The Cajuns allowed just three first downs all afternoon.
“I was pleased with our performance today,” Country Day coach Richard Wood said. “We executed early and did well on defense.
“We gang-tackled and got to the ball. Last week we suffered a loss, but it was a test for us. We knew we could play with those guys, and I think it helped us today.”
Junior Jase Griffin closed out the first quarter with a 50-yard kickoff return to put the Eagles up comfortably 29-0.
Griffin’s TD came on the heels of a botched punt attempt by the Eagles that resulted in a safety for the Cajuns.
On the game’s second play from scrimmage, Counry Day junior wide receiver Trey Harrell got the scoring by racing 59 yards on a pass from senior quarterback Morgan Farrell.
Harrell finished with two catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Fellow wide receiver McColl Simons added a 30-yard score from quarterback Christian Kerut.
Kerut completed 3 of 6 pass attempts and finished for 63 yards. Sophomore running back Jack White added first-half touchdown runs of 35 and 25 yards, while freshman Price Petagna contributed a 15-yard touchdown run.
Ridgewood coach Norman Ryan said his team came in with several injuries and did not play its best.
“We didn’t play well at all today,” Ryan said. “We were banged up and we played a lot of young guys, especially along the offensive line. Next week we will get some guys back, and I think that will help.
“Late in the fourth quarter went got into the shotgun and it allowed us to move the ball better. We still had a lot of dropped passes and missed a lot of tackles throughout the game. We will get better and soon.”
The Eagles finally crossed midfield with six minutes left in the game. Junior Xavier Soto found his favorite target, junior Brian Rosa, on a 15-yard pass for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining. Soto completed 8 of 19 pass attempts for 71 yards, but suffered two early interceptions.
Rosa was on the other end of majority of those catches and finished with 6 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Next up for Country Day will be Crescent City (7 p.m. Thursday at Muss Bertolino Field), while Ridgewood visits Haynes Academy at 7 p.m. Friday.