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College football: No. 7 Cincinnati, Iowa earn easy victories

CINCINNATI — Desmond Ridder threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night.

Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) extended its school-record home winning streak to 19 games, the fourth-longest streak among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, and kept its hopes alive for a College Football Playoff berth.

Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the last four games, including nine rushing touchdowns.

In Cincinnati’s three-point victory over East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. The Bearcats were motivated to prevent a repeat.

The offense got off to a fast start with Ridder’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Young to cap a 79-yard drive on Cincinnati’s opening possession.

The Bearcats had second and goal at the Pirates’ three-yard line but lost a fumble at the five. Six plays later,

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VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: The Woodlands, College Park earn district victories

State-ranked The Woodlands swept Willis 25-7, 25-17, 25-18 Saturday morning to remain unbeaten and atop the District 13-6A standings.

The Lady Highlanders (13-3, 4-0) had a balanced match on offense as Claire Arend a team-high eight of 41 team kills. Natasha Zorbas added seven kills

Clara Brower had a solid all-around match with 28 assists, eight digs, six kills, three blocks and four aces. Jackie Lee led in digs with 20.

The Woodlands entered the week ranked No. 24 in Class 6A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and earned three district wins, including Grand Oaks and Conroe.

The Woodlands travels to rival College Park Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Willis (1-10, 0-4) plays at Conroe at the same time that night.

College Park sweeps Willis

College Park earned a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Willis in District 13-6A play Saturday.

Mallory Madison led the Lady Cavaliers (5-9, 2-2) with 10

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