Mid­dle School Foot­ball: LaFayette blanks Sad­dle Ridge

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

For al­most one half on Thurs­day, Sad­dle Ridge looked as if they just might spoil Home­com­ing for the LaFayette Ram­blers.

But a late first-half touch­down would be the spark the Or­ange-andBlack needed as they would go on to a 37-0 vic­tory.

Af­ter a score­less first quar­ter, LaFayette (41) got on the board just sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod on a 4-yard Jay­lon Ram­sey run. Cade Fisher would run in the con­ver­sion to put the home team up 8-0.

But the Mus­tangs would threaten in the clos­ing mo­ments of the half, driv­ing deep into LaFayette ter­ri­tory. How­ever, LaFayette’s Ross Martin would scoop up a Sad­dle Ridge fum­ble with less than two min­utes re­main­ing and the Ram­blers would quickly go back to work.

Ram­sey would score his sec­ond TD of the night with just 54 ticks left on the clock and he would catch a con­ver­sion pass from Fisher to make it 16-0 at in­ter­mis­sion.

Daw­son Pen­der­grass would plow in from a yard out just 13 sec­onds in the third and then add the con­ver­sion to make it 24-0. Ram­sey would get the hat trick with 46 sec­onds left in the pe­riod, scor­ing from 65 yards out as Hay­den Rain­wa­ter booted the ex­tra point. Austin Tucker would add the fi­nal six points on a 6-yard run on the game’s fi­nal play.

Ram­sey racked up 186 yards on just seven car­ries, while Pen­der­grass rushed seven times for 28 yards.

On de­fense, Martin and Jacob Moses each had 11 tack­les, a forced fum­ble and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Tucker also recorded 11 tack­les, while Fisher picked off a Sad­dle Ridge pass.

LaFayette was sched­uled to play a make-up game at Dade County on Mon­day. Re­sults were not avail­able as of press time.

The Ram­blers will have a show­down at Ring­gold on Thurs­day. The Mus­tangs (0-6) will close out the sea­son at home against Gor­don Lee on Thurs­day.

Sad­dle Ridge’s Kevin Kremb tries to hang on to LaFayette run­ning back Jay­lon Ram­sey dur­ing last Thurs­day’s league game in south Walker County. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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