What started off to look like a surefire Page win, turns into a defensive battle that Ragsdale took control of.
Will Newman and the Pirate offense didn’t think so when at the beginning of the game, when Newman took a fake handoff keeper 72 yards for a early touchdown. But, on the next Page drive a interception deflated the momentum as the return took the Tigers into the red zone. On the next play, touchdown Ragsdale.
The Page defense played tough on the next Ragsdale possession, sending the Tigers off the field with a 3-and-out. Page looked to run away with the game, when sophomore Thuc Phan took the punt return back 93 yards for a quick touchdown.
Ragsdale would never say die in this one, as QB Tim Romer hooks up with a receiver on a long pass play, setting up a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. Page would jump the PAT snap, giving Ragsdale a easy 2 point conversion attempt and they got it. Half time 15-14 Ragsdale.
Mid way through the 3rd quarter Romer tosses about a 40 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver #11. PAT no good. Ragsdale 21-14 at this point in the game.
After Ragsdale raises the lead to 7, each team goes 3-and-out. Page would drive down the field and get caught in a 4th and 1 situation, Newman converts with a QB sneak up the middle. The Pirates then try 2 passes that fall incomplete on 2nd and 3rd down and goal. On 4th and goal Newman would not be denied the end zone, but wait.. a flag on the play. This backs up Page to the 10 yard line, on 4th and goal. The Ragsdale defense would sack Newman in the backfield, taking the wind out of the Pirates sails.
But, the Pirates defense holds and makes Tommy Norwood send out his punt team. Giving Page one final chance. Back up QB Bruce McKoy comes in for Will Newman (looks to have a slight concussion) and tried to move down the field to tie the game up. Two big plays by WR Brad Workinger moved the Pirates closer to the end zone. But, on the next play Jr. McKoy throws an interception to end the ball game.
**Ragsdale player goes down late in the 4th quarter. The Guilford County EMS was on call and the word on his injury is a broken leg.**
Overall, a great game by both teams.
Ragsdale prevails to (4-0) and Page falls to (3-1).