North Mur­ray breaks Ring­gold hearts in over­time

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By David Jenk­ins

There’s a first time for ev­ery­thing – even a North Mur­ray win over the Ring­gold Tigers.

Shak­ing off the al­ba­tross of an 0-8 all­time record against the Tigers, head coach Pre­ston Poag did not mess around in over­time. Go­ing for two rather than the typ­ing PAT in over­time, the Moun­taineers in­stead put the ball in the hands of speedy fresh­man tail­back D’Ante Tid­well, who suc­cess­fully chal­lenged the mid­dle of the Tigers’ line for a game-win­ning two-point con­ver­sion in their 21-20 over­time vic­tory.

The win al­lowed the Moun­taineers to keep pace with LFO for first place in the Re­gion 6-AAA North stand­ings. The War­riors, who had this past Fri­day night off, will bat­tle Mur­ray County this week be­fore their clash with North Mur­ray on Oct. 27.

With North Mur­ray quar­ter­back Pre­ston Poag, Jr., in­ef­fec­tive be­fore ex­it­ing with an ap­par­ent con­cus­sion, the Moun­taineers turned to sopho­more Lo­gan Viars, who nim­bly di­rected a pair of scor­ing drives – both end­ing in Tid­well touch­downs.

The fresh­man tail­back car­ried the foot­ball 27 times for 183 yards with touch­down runs of 6 and 70 yards in reg­u­la­tion, adding a 9-yard scor­ing run in over­time. North Mur­ray had been av­er­ag­ing less than 100 rush­ing yards per game as a team, but Poag added an­other 57 yards on the ground be­fore leav­ing the game at the end of the third quar­ter.

Poag, who en­tered the game av­er­ag­ing 236 yards per game through the air, could only crack the Ring­gold de­fense for 64 yards on Fri­day.

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snuffed out a dou­ble re­verse half­back pass by Grant with 16 sec­onds to go, end­ing the drive at the Ridge­land 7-yard line.

Two sacks, one by Jor­dan Blackwell and one by Chris Bivins, put a damper on Her­itage’s first drive of the se­cond half and the Pan­thers’ of­fense would march 83 yards in 14 plays, tak­ing 5:34 off the clock. Shel­ton was the work­horse, car­ry­ing the ball nine times for 47 yards on the march. He got the call on the last five plays, bulling his way to pay­dirt from a yard out and the fourth of five Con­ner Mid­dle­ton ex­tra points in­creased the lead to 28-0 with 3:54 left in the pe­riod.

Her­itage would fi­nally get on the board with 8:30 left in the game as a pass in­ter­fer­ence call and a per­sonal foul on Ridge­land jump-started the drive be­fore three

straight com­ple­tions by Bryan ended with a 16-yard TD pass to Grant on a fade route in the front cor­ner of the end­zone.

An on­side kick at­tempt was scooped up by the Pan­thers, who put the game away with a seven-play, 51-yard drive. Jor­dan Hugh­ley had two car­ries for 30 yards, while Shel­ton took care of the rest be­fore an­other 1-yard dive made it 35-7 with 5:08 to go.

The Gen­er­als would get on the board on their fi­nal pos­ses­sion as they went 70 yards in eight plays, 35 yards of which came on three Ridge­land penal­ties, be­fore Bryan con­nected with Grant on a 28-yard TD pass with seven ticks left on the clock. Ryan Craft ended the scor­ing with his se­cond PAT of the night.

Ridge­land lim­ited Her­itage to 164 to­tal yards, but tempted fate with 15 penal­ties for 147 yards, in­clud­ing 97 penalty yards in the se­cond half alone.

“Our de­fense and our de­fen­sive line have

played out­stand­ing all year,” Tanker­s­ley added. “I hate that we gave up a cou­ple of late scores be­cause we played so well all night, but we had a cou­ple of dumb penal­ties near the end.”

Bryan was 11-of21 through the air for 117 yards, but three sacks, in­clud­ing one in the fourth quar­ter by Ridge­land de­fen­sive end Eli Foshay, re­sulted in Bryan be­ing held to neg­a­tive-10 yards on the ground. Jef­fery Cur­tis fin­ished with nine car­ries for 38 of Her­itage’s 47 yards rush­ing, while Grant had four catches for 77 yards.

Ridge­land quar­ter­back Tanner Hill threw just seven passes, com­plet­ing three of them for 50 yards.

The Pan­thers will be back at Bow­ers and Painter Field, look­ing to avenge last year’s 35-34 loss to Pick­ens, while the Gen­er­als will look to re­group in south Walker County as they face LaFayette.

Joey Collins crosses the goal line for an over­time touch­down against North Mur­ray. (Photo by Court­ney Couey/Ring­gold Tiger Shots)

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