Ringgold set a new record for most points scored in school history as they blew the wheels off of Murray County Friday night, 78-0.
The game was a track meet for Ringgold’s ground game, as they exploded for 387 yards in the win. On the other side of the ball, the Ringgold defense accounted for two touchdowns while forcing three turnovers. Special teams joined the party in the second half with two touchdowns on a punt and kickoff.
Ringgold running back Kori Dumas showcased his talent with 183 rushing yards and four touchdowns; all within the first half.
After Ringgold recovered a fumbled option by Murray County, Dumas bulldozed his way into the endzone in the first two minutes carrying a Murray County defender in with him.
Dumas summed up the performance in one sentence, “We do what we need to do. Run the ball, hoop on defense, and play lights out.”
Ringgold would continue to score three touchdowns within four minutes to conclude the first quarter. A pick-six, scoop-and-score, and another rushing touchdown vaulted Ringgold to a 27-0 lead.
Ringgold kicker Landon Eaker nailed a 45-yard field goal at the beginning of the second quarter. This would propel the senior past 100 career points for the Tigers.
Ringgold quarterback Mason Parker would connect with tight end Caden Dodson for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Dumas would rip off an 80-yard touchdown and then a 54-yard touchdown to close out the second quarter. Ringgold went into halftime with an insurmountable lead, 51-0.
Special teams joined the action on the second-half opening kickoff. Ringgold’s Ty Gilbert burst of speed split the coverage and coasted into the endzone. Not long after, Ringgold’s Bryson Bethune picked up a botched punt for another easy score.
Even the Ringgold fans saw enough as they began to file out of the bleachers throughout the second half.
Freshman running back Kishaun Taylor received an opportunity to showcase his speed in the second half. With three touches, Taylor scored two touchdowns. His blazing speed was comparable to Tavon Austin’s highlight reel at West Virginia.
“I’m proud to be on varsity as a freshman and I’m going to keep on working hard,” said the smiling Kishaun Taylor after the game.
The final seconds ticked off the clock and the scoreboard displayed the impressive performance. Ringgold 78 to Murray County’s zero.
Murray County (1-4) will try to rebound against Coahulla Creek (3-2) next Friday on October 1st, while a battle between two undefeated teams and a lead over Georgia’s AAA region six is at stake, as Ringgold will travel to Adairsville that night.
RINGGOLD 27 24 20 7 -- 78
MURRAY CO. 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Ringgold 10:08 Kori Dumas 23-yard touchdown (PAT good), 7-0
Ringgold 5:54 Kori Dumas 8-yard touchdown (PAT good), 14-0
Ringgold 5:05 Ty Gilbert interception for touchdown (PAT failed), 20-0
Ringgold 1:47 Jevon Coney fumble return for touchdown (PAT good), 27-0
Ringgold 10:30 Landon Eaker 45-yard field goal, 30-0
Ringgold 8:31 Kori Dumas 80-yard touchdown (PAT good), 37-0
Ringgold 4:48 Mason Parker pass to Caden Dodson for 16-yard touchdown (PAT good), 44-0
Ringgold 2:33 Kori Dumas 54-yard touchdown (PAT good), 51-0
Ringgold 12:00 Ty Gilbert kickoff return for touchdown (PAT good), 58-0
Ringgold 8:13 Bryson Bethune punt return for touchdown (PAT good), 65-0
Ringgold 0:05 Kishaun Taylor 17-yard touchdown (PAT failed), 71-0
Ringgold 6:15 Kishaun Taylor 33-yard touchdown (PAT good), 78-0
Ringgold Murray County
Rushing: 387 114
Passing: 95 111
Total: 482 225
Turnovers: 0 3
Penalties: 9/75 5/35
Notable Individual Stats:
Kori Dumas 8 rushes for 183 yards, 4 touchdowns; Alijah Bradberry 5 rushes for 48 yards; Kishaun Taylor 3 rushes for 58 yards, 2 touchdowns
Mason Parker 7/8 , 95 yards, 1 touchdown.
Jordan Wideman 2 catches for 43 yards; Caden Dodson 1 catch, 16 yards, 1 touchdown.