More on Ragsdale’s win on Saturday from the HPE

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JAMESTOWN – A contest that started slowly for the No. 3 seed gave way to three explosive quarters for the Ragsdale Tigers, as they notched a 31-0 rout of Watauga in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.

An efficient passing game and bruising rushing attack paced a balanced offense that put plenty of points on the board for the team’s stifling defense, which led Ragsdale to its 12th win of the season.

Quarterback Luke Heavner sparked the dynamic unit by completing 15 of his 20 attempts through the air.

The junior signal-caller developed a solid rapport with Desean Anderson and Tyquan Roberts throughout the night, as he found Anderson seven times for 66 yards and one of the team’s four touchdowns. Roberts received five passes for another 51 yards and narrowly missed a 12-yard TD reception in the first quarter.

Kasey Redfern’s 29-yard field goal stood as the lone Tiger points until Chris Armwood’s 44-yard punt return in the second quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run from Heavner with 7:12 left in the half. On Ragsdale’s next possession, Heavner lobbed a beautiful fade pass to Anderson in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 17-0 heading into the half.

In putting the finishing touches on its victory, the Tigers handed the ball to D-onovan Smith to eat up the clock in the second half. Smith punished the Pioneer defense with a barrage of inside rushes, carrying 21 times for 95 yards.

The Tigers will look to continue their undefeated run Friday night in advancing to face No. 6 seed Sun Valley at Kenneth T. Miller Stadium.

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