LOWER MERION — Tre Hinchey had a pretty good idea that he would see the ball on the opening kickoff of Ridley's 47-12 Central League rout of Lower Merion.
"I thought so,' Hinchey said. "I was thinking about it in my mind and I thought if I got it, I was returning it (for a touchdown). I wanted to.'
Much like everything else the Green Raiders did Saturday, Hinchey's plan went off without a hitch. The 6-1, 205-pounder, who plays tight end and linebacker, lumbered down the right sideline thanks to a cavernous hole opened up by his blockers and finished off a 75-yard return merely 13 seconds into the game.
"It was exhilarating,' Hinchey said of his first high school kick return score. "It got my heart pumping.'
Good, because that's as dramatic as the Green Raiders (3-2, 2-2 Central League) got in their trouncing of the Aces (0-5, 0-4). Pick a facet of the game and there's a good chance that Ridley dominated it. Matt Borchert sandwiched a pair of punt return touchdowns — a 62-yarder and a 55-yarder where no one laid a finger on him — around a six-yard rushing score to extend Ridley's lead to 28-0.
"We had great blocking,' Borchert said. "(When you're) getting behind the wall, using speed and get(ting) outside, it's a good day. We knew this week we had to get done what we had to do. We knew what kind of team they were, so we had to get everything ready for next week against Upper Darby.'
Running backs Malcolm Strand-Young (nine yards) and Malik Jones (50) added touchdowns to close out the first half, while Dasantae Callis tacked on a 16-yard scamper to close out the scoring for Ridley.
Malik Ward ran for a nine-yard touchdown and added a two-yard catch as time expired to produce all of Lower Merion's points.
Those, though, came against Ridley's backups. The Green Raiders' starting defense was predictably stifling as Mike Cropper's pair of tackles for loss spearheaded a group effort that featured 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage in the first half along.
Lower Merion didn't fare much better through their air, either, as Jabree Savoy hauled in an interception on an overthrown Kristian Dougherty deep ball. About the only thing that went wrong for Ridley was when another deep ball bounced off of Savoy's helmet and incomplete ... only to be brought back anyway for an offensive pass interference call.
"That was just one that slipped right from me,' said Savoy, who added one of those tackles for loss. "We try to come out here as a team and try to make big plays. We came out here to win games and that's all the coaches can ask for.'
Those wins are starting to pile up, too, with the Green Raiders' first winning streak of the season. That streak will be tested with a road trip to Upper Darby next week, but until then, Ridley can take solace in finding itself on the right side of .500.