LFO Warriors

You have to go back to the 2009 season and a 14-13 upset of Cartersville in the 6-AAA region playoffs to find the last time the LFO Warriors had a true signature win.

You have to go back further than that to find the last time the Red-and-White celebrated a victory over Catoosa County rival Ringgold.

A 42-0 victory in the middle of what became a 10-0 regular season back in 2004 marked the last time the Warriors tasted victory against the Tigers, but on Friday night at Tommy Cash Stadium, LFO held the hill.

Grinding out 58 rushing attempts between quarterback Zach Vaughn and running back Nathan Williams, the Warriors controlled the line of scrimmage and the clock before finally putting away the Tigers, 28-23, setting off a long-awaited celebration in Fort Oglethorpe.

Both Vaughn and Williams finished with over 100 yards on the ground and both scored a pair of touchdowns.

LFO (3-3 overall, 1-0 in 6-AAA North) led 14-0 after one quarter, but Ringgold would fight back. The Tigers (3-3, 0-1), riding the arm of junior quarterback Cole Kibler, briefly took a 17-14 lead in the third quarter. However, LFO would answer with 14 unanswered points to take a 28-17 lead with less than six minutes to play in the fourth.

The Warrior defense would come up with a huge interception with just under four minutes to play, but were forced to punt it back to Ringgold with less than two minutes remaining.

Taking over inside their own 20-yard line with no timeouts left, Ringgold turned to Kibler, who connected with Pete Brower on an 85-yard TD pass with 1:42 to play. The touchdown pulled Ringgold within one score of the lead and gave the Tigers new life.

However, an onside kick attempt was scooped up by the Warriors, who were able to run out the clock and end the streak.

LFO will look to make it two wins in a row as they head to Varnell next Friday for a subregion game against Coahulla Creek. Meanwhile, Ringgold will look to regroup at home as Murray County comes to Don Patterson Field for another subregion contest.