Monday Night Football for area HS teams

On tap for TONIGHT:

North Davidson at High Point Central – 7 p.m.
Mt. Tabor at Northwest Guilford – 7 p.m.
Rockingham County at Dudley – 7 p.m.
Cedar Ridge at Eastern Guilford – 7 p.m.
Western Guilford at Northeast Guilford – 7 p.m.
Southern Guilford at West Montgomery – 7:30 p.m.
Ragsdale at Southeast Guilford – 7:30 p.m. Monday
Smith at WS Carver – 7:30 p.m.

*****Also tonight there will be the “Battle of Burlington”, with Williams(Walter) versus Cummings(Hugh). Ogi Overman of YES Weekly should be there covering that game for all of the area outlets and we will still have the Ragsdale-Southeast Guilford game for you on AM950 at 7pm plus updates on area games…….

8 thoughts on “Monday Night Football for area HS teams

  1. The hype leading up to this game met expectations as Ragsdale won a tight game over SE Guilford, 7-6.

    I missed part of the 1st half but it was a defensive struggle. Ragsdale struggled to move the ball as Romer did not have his best half plus he spent a good part of it on his back as he did not have a lot of time back there. SE Guilford could not move the ball either but what they could do was block punts. SEG blocked 2 punts in the first half. The 1st led to no points as the Ragsdale D stiffened however the 2nd block was recovered in the end zone and led to a 6-0 lead for SEG at the half. I’m not positive but I think Brian Webb blocked both punts. Ragsdale was just not able to get the punt off. The timing may have been a little off as Redfern had to be at a soccer game, so DeSean Anderson returned to action as a punter.

    Ragsdale kicked off in the 2nd half and held SEG after a 1st down or 2. However that was not before back up kicker Ryan Wall made a tackle on the SEG return man just over mid-field. Big play by Wall as he was the last man and prevented a possible TD by SEG. Ragsdale took over on their 20 and drove right down the field but the drive stalled around the SEG 20. Strong running combined with 2 completions and two 5 yard penalties helped Ragsdale. On 3rd down and 7 near the SEG 20 Romer had a wide open Nick Mearite on an out and up however a SEG made a good play and hit Romer’s arm. On 4th down Romer and Mearite were unable to hook up and Ragsdale turned the ball over on downs.

    SEG took over and moved the ball for a couple of 1st downs but more than anything they ran the clock. After an exchange of punts and following a wide right field goal attempt by Topps from 35 yards out Ragsdale took over 80 yards from pay dirt with 5:02 remaining. Romer started with 2 completions to TE Jenkins. Sonricker caught 2 passes as well as Mearite. Ragsdale moved the ball down to the SEG 9 yard line for a 1st and goal with just over 2 minutes. A running play netted 2 yards but burned some clock. Romer was sacked on 2nd for a loss of 4 yards due to excellent coverage by the SEG D. On 3rd down Romer over threw Anderson in the back of the end zone. After a TO Romer took the snap and rolled right and found Mearite for the TD. PAT was good.

    Ragsdale kicked off and Redfern was able to get away from the soccer game just in time for 1 significant play. He kicked the ball on the kickoff out of the end zone to put SEG on the 20 yard line. Topps ran a couple of times for 8 yards as everyone was covered. With 34 seconds Topps was able to pick up a 1st down to the SEG 36. However from there SEG had 2 incompletions. On 3rd down Ragsdale had a big sack by Ashworth and an intentional grounding on Topps. On 4th and about 30 Topps was sacked again, this time by Dan McNeill and Neal Jones. However Topps came up swinging and several SEG players left the bench. 2 SEG boys were disqualified as well as 1 Ragsdale player. The players were separated and the ball was turned over with 8 seconds and Ragsdale let the clock run out.

    Keys to the game. SEG made good use of two blocked punts. SEG blocked well getting a good push all night. Ragsdale O struggled in the 1st half however the O-line gave Romer time and created a few lanes in the 2nd half. Topps was as quick as advertised but was contained all night. Ragsdale D played very well but the DT’s played very well and the EE’s were able to get pressure all night on Topps, especially late and that was with rushing only 3. Ragsdale played 4 LB’s a lot to utilize speed and it paid off containing Topps.

    It should be noted that the gifted Tivon Clark did not dress for SEG. He was on the sidelines but not in uniform. That’s a tough dimension to lose. Ragsdale continued to struggle with depth as fullback Ed (Rat) Ross came in to play DE for the 1st time ever. He promptly batted down a pass on 3rd down on the final drive by SEG. Back up kicker Ryan Wall made a big play for Ragsdale as was the last man back to make a tackle on a KO return. Same old story for Ragsdale. No superstars, no heros, just a bunch of kids playing hard together to defeat a talented SEG.

  2. Today is an extremely busy day for me at work, but I did want to address a huge inaccuracy in this last comment. At no point in time did Terrance Topps come up swinging. Terrance is not that type of kid. If you doubt my words, I can loan you video tape. Terrance was not flagged for unsportsman like conduct. He was not thrown out of the game. So before you put negative light on a kid in your comments, get your facts straight. Your comments make the kid look like a hot head, and he’s definitely not. I will summarize the game later.

    Go job Ragsdale and Southeast on a hard fought football game.

  3. it was an awesome game if you love defense. Neither team could really string a drive together until that last one by Ragsdale. As great as the Ragsdale defense was I was very happy to see the offense prove they could get the job done with the game on the line. Romer (and his receivers – four different ones that last drive) really came through in the clutch. I was also happy to see Redfern make it from the soccer game in time to make that PAT and end zone that kick off.

    As far as that last play resulting in a scuffle – who was it that bounced the football off a Ragsdale player’s helmet? It bounced off and flew about 15 yards through the air. I hated to see that happen at the end – but was glad to see both teams line up and shake hands after the game. Shows a lot of class for both coaches and players to make that happen.

  4. Mark,

    No one slammed the ball off of the Ragsdale kid’s helmet. The ball hit the turf. Once, again, I have the play on tape and will be more than happy to lend it to you.

  5. I bet even Steve Smith would be hard pressed to spike a ball off the grass and make it fly as far as that one did

  6. Mark,

    I’m not going to go back and forth with you. Now, you’re getting into name calling and inuendos. Ask Ragsdale for a copy of the tape. Just stop bad mouthing the kid and let it go.

  7. I haven’t called anyone names. As for inuendos – did the ball come flying out of the pile into the endzone or not? I don’t need to look at tapes since I saw that live. Maybe it wasn’t Topps – maybe it was. I don’t think he or anyone else is a bad or dirty player – I’m sure it was frustration on someone’s part that caused that little scrap at the end. I’ve certainly seen a lot worse and I hate that anybody from either side got ejected.

    Close fought, rivalry games always bring out a lot of emotions. Like I said it was great to see both teams line up and shake hands after the game without further incident. Lots of times one team walks off – or a huge fight breaks out in that hand shake line. Glad both teams and coaches respect each other enough to not let that happen.

  8. Don’t sleep on Bison. Defense is solid. take away a few tds given up by offense on turnovers and the Bison are allowing about 7 or 8 per game. #2 is the best lb in the area nobody knows. all conf as a soph, dominating as a jr. a mini sam mills. offense is opportunistic led by two sophs, #7’s dad was team capt at mich. and qb is solid too, just a soph. # 5 is the man. looking forward to the Whirlies.

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