Ringgold Tops Central-Carroll, 35-10

Continues Historic Run Through Playoffs

Friday, November 29, 2013

"This (tonight's win) is the best feeling in the world. To be in the state semifinals is great for the school and the community."

-- Ringgold senior quarterback Slade Dale


While shoppers across the Chattanooga area found bargins galore on Black Friday, the best deal in north Georgia was a ticket to watch Ringgold defeat Central-Carroll, 35-10 Friday night.

Led by a stingy defense allowing only 10 points and a tough running game led by Kile Sholl (85 yards, 1 touchdown) and D.L. Goins (126 yards, 1 TD), the Tigers of Ringgold avenged an earlier loss to the Lions and punched their ticket the Georgia AAA state semis next Friday at Washington Count.

"Tonight was the hardest those two (Sholl and Goins) have run all year," said quarterback Slade Dale who was slowed by an injured right leg in the first quarter but still able to run for two scores.

"We are all a family and we depend on each other every game."

Dale put Ringgold on the scoreboard first as his 10 yard run to the Central end zone capped the game's first possession. Abel Vargas split the uprights on the first of seven extra points.

Not to be outdone, Central quarterback Wesley Long evened the score at 7-7 on a one-yard run in the second quarter.

Having been stopped on a 4th and 1 at the Tigers one in the first quarter, the visiting Lions did score by converting a recovered fumble at the Ringgold 30 quickly tied the game.

Dale and Ringgold took the lead for good on a 50-yard scoring strike to Christian Plott and it was 14-7 at intermission.

The Ringgold defense bowed its neck again in the third quarter to make Central settle for a 25 yard field goal by Scott Anderson after having a first and goal at the eight.

Dale scored his second touchdown of the night early in the fourth on a one yard run, while Sholl's one yard run and Goins crowd-pleasing 34 run down the right sideline ended the scoring.

Goins was a key to the Tigers defense as well as offense as he recovered a fumble near midfied in the third quarter to stop a Central drive with the Tigers leading 21-10.

Seven plays later, Sholl was in the end zone on a 3-yard run to go up 28-10 and the Ringgold faithful were checking the internet for places stay in south Georgia next week.

 "This win feels great and the community is excited which is gratifying," said coach Robert Akin. "With Slade a little banged up everyone had to step up and contribute and they did."

History Repeats Itself: Black Friday 1991 - current assistant head coach Coby Holtcamp led Whitwell to an upset of defending Class A state champion Trousdale County

Black Friday 2003 .. Ringgold coach Robert Akin coached Boyd Buchanan to a 37-6 win against Christian Academy of Knoxville in the Class A state semis and would win it all on Dec. 5

Black Friday 2013 .. Akin and Holtcamp help guide Ringgold to a 35-10 win against Central-Carroll.

Ringgold 35, Central-Carroll 10 

Central-Carroll  0 - 7 - 3 - 0 -- 10

Ringgold  7 - 7 - 7 - 14 -- 35 

First Downs: Central-Carroll (17-16)

Rushing: Rinngold (242-237)

Passing: Ringgold (109-46)

Fumbles/Lost: 2-1 for both teams

 contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net



‘Sonny’ Sumner, Former Successful Baylor Tennis Coach Of ‘60s and ‘70s, Dies

Ira Leonard Sumner, who was an assistant and later head coach of Baylor School’s tennis team when it was a perennial state and even national tennis power more than four decades ago, died Tuesday.  His daughter, Elizabeth “Randi” Sumner Wafler, sent an email to Baylor friends saying he had died after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Coach Sumner, who was ... (click for more)

UTC Track Team At Emory Classic

 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s outdoor track and field team will head to Atlanta this weekend for the Emory Classic to run Friday and Saturday. The focus for the Mocs will be participation in specialized events. “We have begun our outdoor prep and are moving kids into the events we are asking them to specialize and participate in at the SoCon meet ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)