Sono­rav­ille loses shootout to Tigers

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Alex Far­rer

The Sono­rav­ille-Ring­gold se­ries should be given the nick­name “The North­west Geor­gia Shootout” be­cause it seems that each time the two Re­gion 6-AAA foes get to­gether, it’s a wild back-and-forth con­test.

Fri­day’s edi­tion was no dif­fer­ent as the two teams took turns deal­ing blows be­fore Ring­gold got a touch­down pass from Cole Ki­bler to Drake Starks with less than five min­utes to play and held on from there to send Sono­rav­ille to a 31-28 loss on Home­com­ing Night at The Fur­nace.

The Tigers (3-2) scored the de­ci­sive points on the five-yard con­nec­tion from Ki­bler to Starks with 4:52 to play to go up three af­ter the ex­tra point. The Sono­rav­ille of­fense then had a chance to try to en­gi­neer an an­swer­ing drive, but were forced three-and-out and punted it away. The Ring­gold of­fense never gave it back, how­ever, as they ran off the fi­nal three-plus min­utes.

Ki­bler fin­ished with 168 yards and two touch­down for the game on 13-of-21 pass­ing, and Ty Jones paced the Tigers’ rush­ing at­tack with 98 yards on 20 car­ries, in­clud­ing some tough runs in the sec­ond half.

Trail­ing 21-14 at the break, Sono­rav­ille (3-2) came out of the locker room and put to­gether an im­pres­sive, time-con­sum­ing drive to tie things at 21-21 af­ter quar­ter­back Pa­trick Moore con­nected with Tren­ton Daniel for a 20-yard touch­down catch. Moore had a big night of­fen­sively, com­bin­ing for close to 300 yards of of­fense. He ran for 159 yards on 15 car­ries with two touch­downs and threw for 122 yards 10-of- 15 pass­ing with two touch­downs. He was 7-of-8 in the air in the sec­ond half.

Ring­gold went back ahead late in the third quar­ter on a 20-yard field goal by Gar­rett Davis to make it 24-21, but Sono­rav­ille marched right back down the field to re­take the lead on a five-yard touch­down con­nec­tion be­tween Moore and Daniel. Daniel fin­ished with five catches for 47 yards. Tris­tan Key ran for 58 yards and added 43 yards re­ceiv­ing.

The wild af­fair got started early in the first quar­ter as the Phoenix took ad­van­tage of a fum­ble on Ring­gold’s first of­fen­sive play af­ter re­ceiv­ing the open­ing kick­off. The fum­ble was re­cov­ered by Sono­rav­ille’s Tyler Capps at the Ring­gold 25. Three plays later, Moore ran past the Ring­gold de­fense for a 17-yard TD run to give the Phoenix a quick 7-0 lead.

Ring­gold re­sponded on the en­su­ing drive, how­ever, as they put to­gether a long drive that cul­mi­nated with a 39-yard TD pass from Ki­bler to Pete Brower to tie things at 7-7. Sono­rav­ille punched right back with Moore us­ing his elu­sive­ness and speed to ex­plode down the field for a 65-yard TD run mid­way through the first quar­ter to make it 14-7. Moore ran for 104 yards on nine car­ries in the first half alone.

Ring­gold grabbed the mo­men­tum early in the sec­ond quar­ter and rode it to two touch­downs and a 21-14 lead at the half. An­dre Tarver scored the first early in the quar­ter on a 10-yard touch­down run, and Jones then got his own 10-yard TD run with 2:39 to play in the half to give his team the lead.

Sono­rav­ille is back home again next Fri­day as they open the Re­gion 6-AAA South sched­ule against Bre­men.

LARRY GREE­SON / For the Cal­houn Times

Sono­rav­ille’s Pa­trick Moore (17) runs past Ring­gold’s Dal­ton Green (42) dur­ing the first half.

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