Chris Riddick was a punishing runner for the
Middie football teams in the mid 90”s. At 5’ 9” and 195 lbs., he ran
roughshod over opposing teams, his junior and senior years.
Playing defense his sophomore year, Chris was
given the ball for one play on offense, in the last game of the year
and ran 56 yards for a touchdown, which was a forecast of things to
come. His junior year was huge. He ran for 1,238 yards in 233
carries for a 5.3 average. Some memorable games were an overtime
thriller, 28-27 over Benedictine, coached by the legendary Augie
Bossu. He rushed for 136 yards in 19 carries for a 7.2 average and
carried the ball 3 of the Middies’ 4 plays in overtime and scored 3
touchdowns including the winning one. He ran for 212 yards and 3
touchdowns including the winning one with 3 minutes and 25 seconds
left for a 21-14 victory over Vermilion. Chris was rewarded for his
efforts. He was 1st team All Conference, All County, All District
and N. E. District. He was named the Lorain County Player of the
year on offense and was named to the 2nd team All-State team on
offense and was honored at Cleveland Touchdown Club’s Annual banquet
as the Plain Dealer’s Lorain County player of the year.
Chris gained 1,198 yards his senior year despite
missing the first three games of the year because of an injury
suffered in a pre-season scrimmage. He scored 3 touchdowns in a
21-17 win against Elyria including the winning one with 56 seconds
left. He rushed for 205 yards in 33 carries and scored 4 touchdowns
in a 33-6 win over North Ridgeville in the final game of his career.
Chris Riddick rushed for 2,336 yards in his career
at Midview. He averaged over 5 yards per carry. He had scholarship
offers from several colleges after graduation and selected Findlay
Chris Riddick works in construction and lives in
Elyria with his wife, Emily and their three children.
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