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Downed Ponies happy to have own stable

Downed Ponies happy to have own stable
Downed Ponies happy to have own stable

Ridgemont’s Caleb Walker attempts a getaway during action on Monday.
There’s no place like home, even when the result goes the other way.
That’s what Ridgemont coach Lance Gray is preaching after his team’s 18-0 defeat to Three Oaks on Monday evening.
The game was just the fourth contest (two last season and one earlier this year) ever played on what used to be exclusively the Mustangs’ practice field, but now doubles as the team’s home turf.
“These kids are making memories that will go down in not only their minds but in school history,” Gray said. “They are the first group of football players that get to play on campus instead of getting on the bus and traveling to Obion Central.
“I remember when I was at Hornbeak when the school switched to Black Oak and how I look back on being one of the first Eagles over there and that’s the same type of feeling these kids will have when they come back in 20 years.”
For now, the current R’mont team has to start its games no later than 5:30 due to the fact that the facility has no lights and fans have to bring their own seating.
However, changes are on the horizon.
Gray claimed a permanent scoreboard is set to be installed before the team’s next home game — scheduled for Sept. 17 against Greenfield.
At the present time, both the clock and score are kept on the field by the officiating crew.
“That’s going to be a big deal for us,” Gray said of the scheduled scoreboard installation. “And we’re also looking to take some of the money we’ve made on concessions and the gate and buy a nice set of bleachers this offseason.”
Unlike when the team played at Obion Central’s field in Troy, R’mont gets to keep the concession stand money from its home games and the team has more flexibility in its scheduling.
“We don’t have to worry about working around what’s going on at Obion Central,” Gray said. “We can schedule on dates that we’d like to play instead of having to yield for the other teams we shared that field with and we’re taking in a lot more money, which is going to help our program.”
Those who turned out Monday night watched quarterback Ben Jones complete 11 of his 18 passes, but the Mustangs fell short each time they got near the goalline, running out of time just before halftime and throwing an interception in the red zone.
“They’re loaded,” Gray said of Three Oaks.
Jake Sisk hauled in six receptions for 60 yards, while Caleb Walker caught three passes for 37 yards.
Running back Arturo Guerrero ran for 62 yards on nine carries.

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