The long-standing kings of the South Yosemite League let everyone know that they have no intentions of abdicating their crown.
Three-time defending SYL champion Ridgeview put together a solid all-round game to beat previously undefeated South, 27-14, on Friday night.
Lawrence White passed for 137 yards and a season-high three touchdowns plus had an interception for the Wolf Pack, which led from start to finish.
"We executed very good," White said. "We worked hard all week. We were the underdogs coming into this game and we just showed them who is supposed to be on top."
Ridgeview is now 13-1 all-time in SYL games. The Wolf Pack's only league loss since the league was reconstituted three years ago was against Golden Valley in the final week of the 2010 regular season.
"Like we've always said, we want to be a target, not a doormat," Ridgeview coach Dennis Manning said. "We know it's not over. West High is going to play us tough next week but we're excited to be where we're at."
South (6-1, 1-1 SYL) came into the game 6-0 for the first time since 1968. A win over Ridgeview (4-4, 2-0 SYL) would have put the Rebels in the driver's seat to win their first league title since 1995.
The Wolf Pack came out strong on both sides of the ball, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions while stymying South offense until late in the first half, when Asonte Johnson raced 66 yards for a touchdown on a fake punt play.
Ridgeview quickly answered with White's second touchdown pass of the game, a 45-yarder to Cristion Brown, and led 20-7 at halftime.
South pulled to within seven again early in the second half, driving 80 yards capped by a Johnnie Dirden TD.
But once again the Wolf Pack had a quick response as White found Jamar Moya for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Moya did most of the work catching a short flare and then weaving his way through several would-be tacklers en route to the end zone.
"They're valley champions for a reason," South coach Cary Mills said. "...We're still discovering how to become a good team. I thought Ridgeview played really well. And i thought we played OK."
The 27 points scored by Ridgeview is the most given up by South this year. The previous high was 23.
With the win Ridgeview is back at .500 after a tough slate of non-league games to begin the season.
"I think it silences the critics a little bit for us," Manning said of his team's wining performance against South. "We're excited. Pre-season to me is pre-season. We're looking forward to the rest of the year."
Dirden finished with 23 carries for 104 yards.
South held Wolf Pack leading rusher Jacob Lopez to 81 yards on 17 carries.
The Wolf Pack took the opening kickoff and went on 18-play, 67-yard march that was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown pass by White to Daylen Warren.
The Wolf Pack controlled the ball and the clock in the first half, running 36 offensive plays to 14 for South.
Despite that huge disparity, Ridgeview only outgained the Rebels 187-152 over the opening two quarters.
South ran just 11 plays for 31 yards before Johnson's long touchdown run with 1:01 left in the first half.