Ragsdale keeps playoff hopes alive
Joe Daniels, Sports Director | 10/27/2013, 9:44 a.m.
The Ragsdale Tigers’ 28-7 victory over rival Southwest
Guilford continued a streak of dominance in the series to 16
years. “We’ve got to keep that going,” senior Brian Flaskrud
More important, though, was improving to 3-5 overall and
1-1 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. With three games
remaining in the regular season, Ragsdale still needs at least
one or two wins to have a shot at reaching the playoffs for an
18th straight season.
The Tigers will host PTC co-leader High Point Central on
“It’s because of who we’ve played that we’re 3-
5,” Tigers coach Tommy Norwood said. “We’re not that far away
from being a better team, but we’ve still got a long ways to
Against Southwest, the Tigers played a strong first half and
then held on throughout the second half.
Ragsdale’s offense ran 21 plays in the first quarter to
Southwest’s three, and the defense pitched in by tackling the
Cowboys’ punter after a fumbled long snap. After taking over
on the 7-yard-line, Ragsdale went up 6-0 with four minutes
remaining in the quarter on Jerry Gaither’s seven yard rushing
Flaskrud returned a punt for a touchdown in the
second quarter, but was it called back by a penalty flag.
Still, after starting just 25 yards from the end zone,
Ragsdale scored three plays later on quarterback Alec Cobb’s
throw to a wide-open Tevin Quick. That 11-yarder was followed
by a two-point conversion toss to Dequan Allen to make it 14-0
with 9:43 left in the second quarter.
Southwest Guilford’s Rick Mack took a pitch out and bolted
down the sidelines 66 yards before being tackled on the five-
yard line Southwest’s quarterback Eric Cunningham scored on
the next play with 3:34 left in the second quarter closing the
deficit to 14-7.
On the ensuing kickoff Ragsdale’s Brian Flackrud scored on a
90-yard kickoff lifting the Tigers to 21-7 lead. They added
another score in the fourth to ice the win.