A roller coaster of a season ended in heartbreak for the Ringgold Tigers on Don Patterson Field Friday night as they missed out on a trip to the Class AAA state playoffs with a 29-28 loss to state-ranked Bremen.
Ringgold (5-5) scored with 34.8 seconds to play on a highlight-worthy 23-yard pass from Cole Kibler to Pete Brower. The Tigers elected to go for two and the possible win, but came up empty on a well-defended conversion pass. Bremen then recovered the Tigers’ onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.
The Tigers countered two, short touchdown runs by Bremen in the first half with a 2-yard scoring run by Joey Collins – the PAT was no good – and a 21-yard Garrett Davis field goal to go into the locker room down 14-9.
Ringgold would control the third period. Andre Tarver added another 2-yard TD run, Davis booted a 27-yard field goal and the Tigers defense recorded a safety to put the home team in the lead, 22-14, as they looked for an upset over the favored Blue Devils.
But Bremen (9-1) would get a 4-yard TD run by Tyron Dobbs, his second of the night and 20th of the season, and he would add a 2-point conversion run to knot the game with 9:52 left.
After some miscommunication led to an unsuccessful fake punt near midfield, Bremen would march downfield and get a 9-yard pass from Wade Cartwright to Nick Vaughn to put the visitors back in front, 29-22, with 4:54 remaining.
However, Ringgold wasn’t finished.
Collins, playing his final game as a Tiger, put the offense on his back, chewing up time and yardage, before Kibler hit Brower on the TD pass. Collins ran 29 times for a career-best 189 yards.
Ringgold outgained Bremen in total offense, 407-287. Kibler was 11-of-26 with one interception. He finished with 209 yards to finish the season with over 2,600 yards in the air. Brower caught five passes good for 131 yards.
Cartwright was 7-of-9 for 117 yards, while Dobbs ran 27 times for 127 yards.
Four of Ringgold’s five losses this season came by a combined total of just nine points.