Colonels cruise at Ridgeland, 42-14

Tino Jones, shown making a tackle, had four interceptions including a pair returned for touchdowns as Cass dominated Ridgeland, 42-14.

Cass scored 35 unanswered points in the first quarter Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win at Ridgeland. Defensive back Tino Jones, who had four interceptions in the game, returned two for touchdowns in the opening period. Linebacker Mark Perdue also returned a fumble recovery 20-yards for a score as the defense contributed three touchdowns. The Colonels scored on their first three offensive possessions. Freshman quarterback Devin Henderson connected with C.J. Pipkin on an 80-yard scoring strike with 10:57 to go in the first quarter.

Zay Jackson capped a 50-yard, 5-play drive with a 10-yard run with 4:20 remaining in the initial period and Henderson connected with Connor Ray on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 2:39 left in the opening quarter.

Perdue’s scoop and score gave Cass a 14-0 lead just 12 seconds after their opening drive and the first half pick-six by Jones was from 35-yards out with 0:59 left in the first quarter to make the score 35-0.

The third interception by Jones was a pick-six with 0:23 remaining in the third quarter to give the Colonels a 42-7 lead.

Ridgeland (0-5) drove 76 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter to narrow the lead to 35-7 with 2:56 left in the third. The final Panthers’ touchdown was on a 55-yard run by Javier Jordan with 10:32 left in the game.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Cass quarterback Henderson went 8-for-9 for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson had one rushing attempt for 10 yards and one score, while David Gbadie rushed the ball five times for 16 yards.

Meanwhile, Pipkin caught three passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. Jaiden Avalos had a reception for 20 yards, Jakeevin Henderson made one catch once for 11 yards and Sacovie White added eight yards with a single reception. Cass kicker Kaleb Speights converted all six PAT kicks. The Colonels improve to 5-0 and will be off next week before hosting Cartersville October 16.

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