Ridge­land set to face old neme­sis in first round

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

The Ridge­land Pan­thers moved to 7-3 on the sea­son with a 37-21 vic­tory at South­east Whit­field on Fri­day night.

Nathan Carver got the start un­der cen­ter and threw for 141 yards on 8-of16 passes, con­nect­ing on a TD pass to Josh Bur­nette, while reg­u­lar start­ing quar­ter­back Tan­ner Hill had two catches for 42 yards. Jor­dan Black­well ran 17 times for 81 of the Pan­thers’ 135 yards on the ground.

Ridge­land will open the state play­offs at home this Fri­day with a home game against state-ranked Flowery Branch (8-2), whose only two losses of the sea­son came against de­fend­ing state cham­pion Blessed Trin­ity (21-20) and 7-AAAA run­ner-up Marist (20-0).

It will mark the third-ever meet­ing be­tween the Pan­thers and Fal­cons. The first two also came in the state play­offs. Flowery Branch beat Ridge­land 21-14 in the sec­ond round in 2008 and 17-14 in the first round in 2009.

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