RIDDLE — The Riddle High School football team is returning to the state playoffs for the first time in 23 years after defeating Triad, 42-14, in a 1A Special District 2 Crossover football game Friday night.

“It was much closer than it sounds,” Riddle coach Russell Hobson said. “(Triad) did a heck of a job.”

Colby Greer had five carries for 16 yards and had four catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Greer also had a 32-yard passing TD in the fourth quarter to Nate Hopkins, Greer was 1-for-1 passing the ball.

Hopkins rushed the ball 10 times for 70 yards, a rushing touchdown, and he had an interception in the game.

Riddle senior Dylan Hackett had an interception with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

Cameron McMichael was 6 of 7 passing for 130 yards and three TDs, he ran the ball eight times for 38 yards. Donovan Hargraves had 16 carries for 142 yards.

Defensively, the Irish were able to hold Triad’s quarterback Micah Young to 3-of-26 passing for 68 yards.

“That had everything to do with our defense,” Hobson said. “They are a passing defense and we made them beat us on the ground. I can’t be more thrilled with our pass defense.”

Riddle will find out who it plays in the first round early next week.

Triad 6 6 0 2 — 14

Riddle 6 14 14 8 — 42

First Quarter

T — E. Roe 8 run (run fail)

R — Hargraves 28 run (run fail)

Second Quarter

R — Hopkins 8 run (run fail)

T — E. Roe 10 pass from Young (run fail)

R — Greer 23 pass from McMichael (Greer run)

Third Quarter

R — Greer 59 pass from McMichael (Myers from McMichael)

R — Greer 33 pass from McMichael (run fail)

Fourth Quarter

R — Hopkins 32 pass from Greer (Hargraves run)

T — safety

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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