"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
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