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Non-League Football: Ridgefield 27, W.F. West 21

The Columbian
Published: September 2, 2023, 12:37am

Josh Bell made a pivotal fourth-down stop and Brayden Malella had an interception in the end zone as the Ridgefield defense stepped up big late in a 27-21 win over W.F. West on Friday at Chehalis.

Malella, a senior quarterback, completed 11 of 16 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put the Spudders up 27-21.

W.F. West drove downfield on its next possession. But on fourt-and-2 at the Spudders 7, Josh Bell made a tackle on Tucker Land at the 6 to force a turnover on downs with six minutes to play.

After the Bearcats got the ball back, Malella came up with an interception in the end zone with 2:57 left. The Spudders then ran out the clock for the victory.

RIDGEFIELD 27, WF WEST 21

Ridgefield 0 21 0 6 — 27

W.F. West 7 6 8 0 — 21

First quarter

WFW  — Brumfield 1 run (Rafael Mendez kick)

Second quarter

RDG — Cash Hill 35 pass from Brayden Malella (Brandon Rogers kick)

WFW — Declan McDonald 48 run (PAT failed)

RDG — Cly Stephens 16 run (Rogers kick)

RDG — Landon DeBeaumont 26 pass from Malella (Rogers kick)

Third quarter

WFW — Connor Coleman 88 kickoff return (Tucker Land pass from Brumfield)

Fourth quarter

RDG — Malella 7 run (kick blocked)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield: Rocco Wright 15-41, Cly Stephens 5-48, Brayden Malella 4-5, Logan DeBeaumont 1-(-4), team 3-(-17); WF West: Brumfield 15-87, Tucker Land 15-43, Coleman 3-20

PASSING — Ridgefield: Brayden Malella 11-16-0-187; Logan DeBeaumont 2-6-0-55; WF West: Brumfield 7-16-1-66

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield: Cash Hill 3-66, Noah Stromberg 2-39, Jamison McCann 1-46, Ben Concannon 2-19, Rocco Wright 1-31, Landon DeBeaumont 1-25, Wyatt Hemmelman 2-8; WF West: Ross Kelley 3-48, Grady Westlund 1-10.

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