Madera South came out ready to slug it out to cap off the storybook season with a Valley Championship appearance, but a second-half explosion by Ridgeview ended those aspirations, as the Wolf Pack came away with a 42-21 win on Friday in Bakersfield.
The Stallions took the first lead of the game when Travis Middleton connected with Ranferi Pineda for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
Ridgeview responded with touchdown runs by Shannon Edwards and Kamari Moya-Cotton.
Pineda scored a four-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game at 14-14 going into halftime.
But that’s when Moya-Cotton took over as he rushed for three of the Wolf Pack’s four second half touchdowns, with runs of 14, 16 and 36 yards.
The Ridgeview defense also limited the Stallions to just one second half touchdown, a 42-yard run by Pineda.
“Our defense played great in the second half,” Ridgeview quarterback Tyler Ferguson summed up.
The semifinal victory was also Ferguson’s first appearance back in the gridiron since breaking his collarbone more than a month ago.
“It was great,” Ferguson said about being back on the field.
The second-seeded Wolf Pack will host the fifth-seeded Kingsburg Vikings for the Division III Championship game next Friday.