Hickory Ridge wins their second game in a row to maintain their position as leader in the South Piedmont Conference. At 3-0 in the conference, the Ragin Bulls are in a 3 way tie with Northwest and Kannapolis for first place.
On their first possession of the game, the Ragin Bulls held the ball 5 minutes, as they ran the ball deep into the Tigers territory. The drive would end in a 29 yard field goal kick by Alex Daniels. The Tigers would answer with a touchdown pass from Matt Barrier to Casey Honeycutt. The score at the end of the first quarter was Mt. Pleasant 6, Hickory Ridge 3.
In the second quarter, Ragin Bull running back Brian Baltimore made a very nice cut to run the ball for a 37 yard touchdown. The score at halftime was Ragin Bulls 10, Tigers 6.
In the third quarter, Ragin Bull senior linebacker Robbie Newell made a spectacular one handed interception and returned it for a 35 yard touchdown. The score after three quarters was Hickory Ridge 17, Mt. Pleasant 6.
In the fourth quarter, Tiger QB Matt Barrier connected with Casey Honeycutt on a 7 yard touchdown pass.
Barrier would throw to Cory Huneycutt for the two point conversion. The Tigers ensuing onside kick was spoiled by the excellent coverage of the Ragin Bulls kickoff return team. The final score was Ragin Bulls 17, Tigers 14.
The Ragin Bulls offense had 159 yards rushing, 4 yards passing, and a 163 yards of total offense. Brian Baltimore had 21 carries for 98 yards and one TD. Senior Coye Still had a good game with a nice 30 yard run that contributed to his 56 yards of rushing for the night. Blake Sides completed 4 of 8 passes. Jacolby Thompson had 2 kickoff returns for 54 yards.
The Ragin Bulls defense gave up only 9 yards on the ground and 273 yards in the air. Dillon Burdette lead the defense with 11 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, and a hurry. Senior Josh Freeman had 6 tackles, 1 pass deflection, and an interception. Senior Robbie Newell had 4 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 interception, 1 touchdown, and a forced fumble.
Next up the Ragin Bulls face Northwest at home. Kickoff is at 7:30pm. Please come out and watch this battle for first place in the South Piedmont Conference. The Ragin Bulls need your support so please come out to the game. Do not forget to bring your cow bell and see you at the game. Go Bulls!