There were a lot of great moments during the opening weekend of high school, but few games were exciting as the one Friday between Georgia foes Ringgold and Dalton.
It took three overtimes, but Ringgold prevailed 33-27, snapping a 27-game losing streak in the series.
“It’s just crazy,” Ringgold QB Slade Dale, who rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns, told the Times Free Press. “This is one of the happiest days of my life. We just made history for Ringgold. This team will go down in history, that’s all I’ve got to say. This is the start of something big.”
Dalton got the ball first and scored a touchdown on its possession in the second overtime, but Ringgold blocked the PAT, giving the Tigers a chance to win the game on its ensuing possession. Dale scored on a 14-yard touchdown run, but Dalton blocked the PAT to force a third overtime. Dale’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third overtime gave Ringgold a six-point lead, and after the two-point conversion failed, the Ringgold defense kept Dalton out of the end zone.
D.L. Goins, who played the first half of last season for Dalton before transferring to Ringgold, scored the game’s first touchdown on a 73-yard run. Ringgold trailed 14-7 in the fourth quarter before Dale, a Georgia baseball commit, scored from 12 yards out.
I LOVE RINGGOLD FOOTBALL BABY. TIGER FOR LIFE. BEAT DALTON IN OT 33-27!!! FIRST TIME EVER AT DALTON. FIRST TIME WE BEAT THEM IN 35 YEARS!!!
– Slade Dale (@SLAYSIAN) August 24, 2013