By DOUG DONNELLY
Friday was quite a night for Whiteford quarterback Shea Ruddy.
The junior threw a touchdown pass to his brother Ty Ruddy then ran for a pair of game-changing touchdowns in the second half to help the Bobcats to a 42-0 win over Summerfield. In the process, he also went over the 1,000-yard mark for passing this season.
The first touchdown run came when he dropped back to pass and quickly noticed everyone was covered. As part of the scheme of the play, all the Bobcat receivers were on one side of the field, leaving the other side wide open.
“That was a great play by Shea,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “It’s something really only an advanced quarterback really sees. That’s the second time he’s been able to hit that this year. I was really impressed he was able to make that play. It was a huge play at the time.”
Later in the game, two-time All-State lineman Noah Bauman not only scored on a 33-yard fumble recovery, but the senior also got to carry the ball on a two-point conversion.
“When I was a freshman, coach Mensing told me if I squat 450, he’d let me run the ball,” Bauman said. “I squatted 450 last year and I never got to run the ball. This year, I finally did. I was so excited. I was so tired after that.”
Ruddy is just the third QB in Whiteford history to throw for 1,000 yards twice in a season. Here’s a look at the single season Whiteford leaders in passing yards:
|1,403||Thomas Eitniear (17)|
|1,281||Dave Gust (07)|
|1,201||Gabe LaRoy (11)|
|1,138||Gabe LaRoy (12)|
|1,077||Thomas Eitniear (15)|
|1,057||John Reditt (13)|
|1,042||Shea Ruddy (21)|
|1,028||Travis Pant (09)|
|1,022||Thomas Einiear (16)|
|1,019||Shea Ruddy (20)|