The Page Pirates came into Friday night’s matchup with the Ragsdale Tigers after scoring 103 points in their past two games. As the Pirates took the field on a hot, muggy Friday night, they were determined to set the offensive pace, and that’s exactly what they did.
The first quarter onslaught by the Pirates came when RB Javon Leake received the opening kickoff and returned it 62 yards for the score.
“We’ve been on a roll the past three games,” Leake said. “We try to get out to fast starts, and I saw a hole. I hit it and was gone after that.”
The fast-start strategy seemed to work.
Leake scored the second Pirates touchdown following an interception by Ragsdale quarterback Eric Williams. This time, Leake ran 17 yards to give his team a 13-0 lead before a minute had ticked off the scoreboard.
Page scored its third touchdown of the first quarter when Will Jones connected with Ronald Polite from 16 yards out for the score, and Javon Leake scored again on a five yard run with 1:33 left in the quarter.
The Tigers weren’t going down easily. Ragsdale, trailing by 27 points with six minutes left in the half, scored its first touchdown when Eric Williams found Trey Goode wide open on the far sideline. Goode hauled in the bomb from Williams and went untouched into the end zone.
Pirates quarterback Will Jones showed his skills as well, throwing two touchdowns to Naseem Alston – one for 12 yards, and the other from mid-field. Between the two passes, Javon Leake added another touchdown to his stats, a 36-yard run with 8:08 left in the first half.
Page led the Tigers by a daunting 48-6 at halftime, instituting a running clock the entire second half.
If the first half was dominated by the Pirates, the second half was owned by the Tigers. They came out after the break to score three unanswered touchdowns.
The Tigers narrowed the Page lead to 48-13 on a 35-yard touchdown run by Jarious Drayton who also had a 90-yard run for a touchdown in the final quarter. Alex Illescas scored the only other touchdown for the Tigers as he ran 73 yards down the far sideline, broke tackles, and cruised into the end zone for the score.
Unfortunately for Ragsdale, their second half scoring was too little, too late, especially with a running clock the entire second half. The lack of time due to the running clock hurt the Tigers because they seemed to be playing harder and better after halftime.
The win for the Pirates was punctuated by a 23-yard Shawn Melton score with only 55 seconds remaining in the game, making the final score 55-27.
Page Quarterback Will Jones said that the Pirates get the results when they work hard and are consistent during workouts.
“It’s all about practice,” Jones said. “We focused all week and stayed consistent with our reads and blocks. We’re hard-nosed. We get it done on the field, and we’re going to earn our credit (on the field).”
Still, Pirates coach Kevin Gillespie is looking for improvement.
“The way we played in the first half, I can’t ask for much more than that,” he said. “We’re doing things different than we did last year, but we have to keep working, because we’re nowhere near where we need to be.”
Ragsdale head coach Tommy Norwood said that although his team is a better one than it was at the beginning of the year, they still are struggling to play well for an entire game. “We just can’t give up easy scores,” Norwood said of Friday’s game. “The first two plays set the tone for the whole game, and we were down 14-0 with the game just getting started.”
Page faces a difficult Reagan H.S. team next Friday, where they look to win their third straight game since losing their season opener, and improve to (4-1) on the season.
Ragsdale takes on Southern Guilford in week four of the HS Football Season. The Tigers will look to get their second win of the year.
(PAG) Javon Leake 62 kickoff return (kick failed)
(PAG) Leake 17 run (Thomas Murray kick)
(PAG) Ronald Polite 16 pass from Will Jones (Murray kick)
(PAG) Leake 5 run (Murray kick)
(RAG) Trey Goode 76 pass from Eric Williams (kick failed)
(PAG) Naseem Alston 12 pass from Jones (Murray kick)
(PAG) Leake 36 run (Murray kick)
(PAG) Alston 50 pass from Jones (Murray kick)
(RAG) Jarious Drayton 35 run (Thomas Vernon kick)
(RAG) Malachi Maness 73 run (Vernon kick)
(RAG) Drayton 90 run (Vernon kick)
(PAG) Shawn Melton 13 run (Murray kick)
Jarious Drayton – 13 rush 139yds, 2 TD
Eric Williams – 3-10 90yds, TD, INT; 4 rush 10yds
Devan Boykin – 6 rush 23yds; 1-1 26yds
Malachi Maness – 6 rush 91yds, TD
Trey Goode – 1 rec 76yds, TD
Javon Leake – 9 rush 95yds, 3TD; 62yd K.O. Ret, TD
Will Jones – 13-14 271yds 2TD
Naseem Alston – 2 rec 62yds 2 TD
Ronald Polite – 3 rec 84yds
Kioandre Paige – 4 rec 89yds; 1 rush 2yds
Shawn Melton- 1 rec 13yds, TD
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