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I. Ridge LB gives squad a big lift at runner spot

Citizen Staff Writer





Ironwood Ridge lost starting running back Adrian Brahler after the first series, but Jake Fischer picked up the slack.

Brahler rushed for 53 yards on five carries before he went down with a knee injury. Fischer, the team’s star linebacker, who has orally committed to play for the University of Arizona, stepped in and rushed for 181 yards on 16 carries and four touchdowns in a 52-18 win at Sierra Vista Buena.

“We looked very dominating,” Ironwood Ridge coach Gary Minor said. “We jumped on them right away and ran the ball well.”

Ironwood Ridge (4-1) was up on Buena (1-4) 38-0 at the half.

Christopher Harris threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Nighthawks in the second quarter. He connected with Scott Campbell on a 7-yard pass and Trevor Wesley on an 18-yard reception.

Campbell returned a kick 85 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.

The Nighthawks defense gave up its first touchdown of the season when Colts quarterback Jeremy Tuttle connected with De’Che Milburm on a 10-yard pass in the third quarter.

“In the second half, we made ourselves vulnerable to the pass,” Minor said.

Tuttle had a 4-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

The win set up Ironwood Ridge nicely for its highly anticipated home game Friday with 5-0 Salpointe.

“We don’t have much depth and we need to have everyone healthy,” Minor said. “We need to get everyone healthy and practicing.”

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