High Football “Friday Night Finish”:We have a few of those Finishes we can not forget/”Unforgettable Friday Night Finishes”

Posted by Andy Durham on October 20, 2018 at 1:16 am under High School | 4 Comments to Read

We saw a few of those finishes tonight you can not forget, and there are probably a few of them you would just as soon want to get rid of, and make them be a part of your past..

Unforgettable Finishes, we had a few of them tonight….

The game our crew attended ended up with Ragsdale topping Northwest Guilford, 41-34…There were at least 4 lead changes in the first half alone…Ragsdale would take charge of this game and then Northwest Guilford would come out battling and fighting and the next thing you know, Northwest would be right back in the football game…

Devan Boykin had 126 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Ragsdale Tigers and he had a long run of 50 yards and he turned that run into a touchdown…Devan Boykin also took a pass interception back 60 yards for a TD…Boykin was a busy Tiger tonight…We asked Coach Johnny Boykin from Ragsdale before the game, who he planned on giving time to at the running back spot and we knew Willie Brown would get his carries, but we never knew how much RB time Devan Boykin would be seeing for Ragsdale….DB/Devan Boykin is not a Ricky Adams or a Toney Baker, but boy, that Boykin kid can really get it going back there in the offensive backfield…We were looking for Devan at QB for Ragsdale, but as the game wore on, Trey Jackson ended taking all of the snaps at QB for Ragsdale, on this Friday night..Jackson carried the ball 6 times for RHS and he gained 34 yards and ran for one TD…Jackson was 5-9 passing for 117 yards with 2 TD’s and he was intercepted twice…Tre Goode caught a TD pass for Ragsdale and Goode also had an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD…..Cameron Chatman hauled in a 74 yards pass from Trey Jackson for a TD…

If you would have given the NWG and Ragsdale kids a little more time, I think those kids could have played all night…One heck of an offensive showcase, in the 41-34 classic…

NWG’s QB Johnny Pagano went 19-31 passing, for 195 yards, with 1 TD and 1 INT…The INT went back 60 yards for a TD, on the return by Devan Boykin…Johnny Pagano ran for 75 yards on 26 carries…270 yards total for JP….Cam Cloud from NWG had 16 carries for 77 yards and Cam caught 5 passes, good for another 51 yards….128 Total yards for Cameron Cloud….Jacob Hardy had 4 carries for 20 yards and 7 receptions good for 46 yards for NWG…Brandon Thomas had 7 receptions good for 46 yards for the NWG Vikings…Josh Humphrey had on catch for NWG and it went for 61 yards….Robert Dix caught a 14-yard pass and I believe that one went for a TD for NWG…

Northwest Guilford with 365 yards total offense and Ragsdale with 296 yards total offense…The NWG-Ragsdale game ended on a heave to the end zone by NWG QB Johnny Pagano on 4th down from the RHS 40-yard line and RHS got the ball on downs, took one snap and the fans were headed toward the exits….

Like I said, I think these kids in the RHS-NWG game could have gone on all night long….Some kind of effort and some kind of football game from these two teams….

In tonight’s other games there must have been some fantastic finishes…Eastern Guilford slipped past Southern Alamance, 20-18…Saw where Collin Smith either missed or got a 50-yard FG blocked, but he and his EG Wildcats were on the money when it meant the most and EG got the BIG WIN, at Southern Alamance….

Dudley lost at WS Parkland and that must have been a pretty good ball game…Parkland won it 21-7…Smith won big, as the Ben L. Smith Golden Eagles flew by North Forsyth, 34-6…Again, tough loss by Dudley and not real sure how that loss is going to leave Dudley, come playoff time….Page rolled and now they have to get ready to go see their arch rivals, the Grimsley Whirlies next Friday night…Some fans have called out Page as a 10-point favorite going in, but you Grimsley will be ready for this one, this year….Southeast Guilford only led Southern Guilford 14-7 early, but it looks like SEG got moving and left SG behind, to the tune of a 38-7 “Friday Night Finish”….Northern Guilford represented Guilford County well, with the NG Highthawks 28-0 victory over Morehead…Saw where NG QB Jake Lenard threw for 4 Touchdowns tonight for Northern….Western Alamance ran past the Northeast Guilford Rams and Mount Tabor took out our Southwest Guilford Cowboys…The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have had our number over here in Guilford County this season…Winston-Salem Parkland is now (10-0), while East Forsyth has improved to (8-0)….Parkland, East Forsyth, Mount Tabor and WS Reagan all pretty much having their way, with our Guilford County teams this season…..

High Point Christian Academy won out over Carolina Christian, 49-0, in a game delayed due to the visiting team from Rock Hill, S.C. showing up late, due to equipment issues…..Not sure what time this game actually ended….


  • Football Friday said,

    Great games next week for both Varsity and JV for Grimsley and Page. Both levels are good on offense and defense. Hopefully both will live up to the hype. Grimsley hasn’t beat page since some of these kids been born. Both games would have nice crowds out supporting both.

  • Andy Durham said,

    Some observations after last night’s games….

    On our GAME OF THE WEEK with Ragsdale at Northwest Guilford, what a game that was…Both teams were looking for offense coming in and they found it last night….(One heck of a game.)

    Got to like what Coach Boykin did moving Devan Boykin into the running back spot/position and turning him loose with big runs, especially in the first and fourth quarters…

    Back in the day, a player would get locked in at a certain position and they might be set in stone at that position, sometimes for life, but these days coaches will move players around and put them in places on the field, where that player best fits his teams’ needs…

    Devan Boykin can be and was that special player last night for Ragsdale and I was impressed with NWG’s Cam Cloud….He can also be found all over the place on offense and he is a major spark for the NWG offense and Jacob Hardy is a big pusher for the NWG offense…He can get you that power run and take that swing pass out of the backfield….

    I think both QB’s, Johnny Pagano for NWG and Trey Jackson for Ragsdale took all of the snaps at QB last night for their respective teams and they both were good leaders on the field for their football teams…

    Can’t say enough about the job those O-lines were doing for both Ragsdale and NWG last night….Fine job on the lines last night, making the holes and giving the QB’s time to throw…

    Fine football game and NWG recognizing their seniors last night and NWG has 32 seniors out of 46 players on their roster…

    Great work by our broadcast partner Don Tilley on all the numbers you see above and Don was providing us with some excellent info last night…

    Got a text message last night saying Southern Alamance had been going for two on the PAT’s all night vs. Eastern Guilford and not attempting the PAT kicks and then they try a field goal to win the game??? Wasn’t there, but sounds like one heck of a ball game down at SA, with Eastern Guilford prevailing last evening….On that real close final of, 20-18, EG…

    Page at Grimsley next Friday night and it has been a while and it has been a long while going in, where you think Grimsley had a good chance to win this game and this year they do….

    A team always has a chance to win, but lately, Grimsley’s chances have not been all that great, but this year they are….Grimsley has begun to get over a hump, where now they know they have a chance to win this game….

    That Page Defense has been real tough and over the past two games they have only given up one touchdown….Page over NWG, 26-6 and tops HP Central, 46-0….That is a loud statement for the Page Defense and you know they will be bringing that same defense over to Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium, this coming Friday night…

    Grimsley was a 41-14 winner over Page back in 2005 and Grimsley played for the 4-A State Title that season vs. JH Rose out of Greenville…Grimsley (14-2) that year…Grimsley also defeated Page, 21-10 in 2006 and Grimsley went (12-1) that season…..Grimsley topped Page 23-22 in 2004, so Grimsley had a three-game winning streak rolling back then, but it has been lean times recently for Grimsley vs. Page…

    The only other recent Grimsley win I can remember was back in 1999 and when Grimsley won that game, it was their first win over Page since a playoff win by Grimsley over Page back around 1987 on a Kirk McGuinn field goal and McGuinn is a name that will long live in Grimsley High School football history….

    For the most part in recent years, the games with Page vs. Grimsley have not even been close, but this should be a much different chapter in the series….

    Grimsley must break the game down into smaller parts/chapters and not try and play the game all at once…Try to slow down some and not allow Page to force them to play at a higher pace…

    A big part for both teams is to try and control their emotions and feelings for this Rivalry….

    Looking for a great turnout to see this high school football game and hoping both teams have a great and safe week of preparation in practice, as they get ready to see each other up close and personal next Friday night….

  • Nwgfan said,

    Devan boykin kid hands down best player in guilford. Grown man athleticism speed and strong. He is just on another level

  • Hmmmmm said,

    Grimsley is improving but 5 wins are against teams with a combined 14-31 record…..one team with a winning record.