By STEVEN RYZEWSKI | Executive Editor
DAVENPORT — Ridge Community quarterback Keymari Odum had a pair of long touchdown runs in addition to a touchdown toss to lead the host Bolts past visiting Kathleen 19-9 Friday night.
Odum ran for 218 yards on the game and completed six passes, including the touchdown strike to Jimmy Faison in the third quarter.
“(Odum) is really a special individual,” said first-year Ridge coach Dedrick Dodge. “We’re very fortunate to have a young man like that.”
If Odum stood out on offense, it was the defense for the Bolts (2-1) that, as a unit, slowed Kathleen (0-3) throughout the game, holding the visitors to 248 yards of total offense. Orbie Jackson and A.J. Pierce each had an interception for the Ridge Community defense.
It was an emotional win for Dodge, who previously coached and taught at Kathleen and knows many of the athletes on the Red Devils’ roster.
“I love those kids, man — it’s kind of hard to play a team that you love,” Dodge.
Ridge hits the road next week, heading to Sarasota Riverview.