Younger Ridley has opportunity to teach Pine Hills quarterback

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 16, 2000

Friday’s Trinity-Pine Hills match-up was touted as a possible quarterback duel, as both teams featured deep-throwing, scrambling passers.

Most people had to think Wildcats quarterback Jonathan Honea, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior, could teach a thing or two to Saints quarterback Chad Ridley, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior.

As it turned out, Ridley schooled Honea in the 21-13 Saints win. Ridley was 10-for-12 for 128 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and he rushed 15 times for 80 yards and another score.

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Honea was only 6-for-17 for 64 yards and a touchdown passing, but several sacks and several more dropped passes hurt him statistically. He also rushed six times for 57 yards and a touchdown.

&uot;He’s a big guy,&uot; Ridley said of Honea. &uot;He’s hard to bring down. He’s a good ball player, and I’m glad we won this one.&uot;

While not a game Honea is likely to feature on his highlight reel, the pain of Friday’s lost is slightly lessened by the fact that several top football colleges have requested that highlight reel.

Pine Hills coach Andy Hopkins said Honea has been seriously recruited by Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Northwestern.

&uot;He’s a good athlete,&uot; Hopkins said. &uot;He gives a good effort game in, game out, every week.&uot;

Trinity coach David King was also impressed with Honea. &uot;He was everything we expected him to be,&uot; he said.