Ringgold Tigers

Funny things have been known to happen when rivals meet on the field and funny things have been known to happen in championship games.

However, the Ringgold Middle School Tigers made sure there would be no funny business on Thursday afternoon.

Behind a rushing attack that rolled up 475 of the team's 512 total yards, the Blue-and-White put an exclamation point on a perfect 8-0 season with a 52-22 win over Heritage at Don Patterson Field. It was the Tigers' second NGAC championship in the past three seasons.

It was the second 30-point victory for the Tigers over the Generals this season as Ringgold won the regular season meeting, 38-8, back on Sept. 7. For the year, the Tigers outscored its opponents by a combined tally of 354-48.

"This is probably the most dominant team that's come through (Ringgold) in recent history," head coach Barrett Blankenship said afterward. "We had four shutouts in a row, including the playoffs, and excluding this game, our first team defense gave up just one touchdown all year long. If it's not the best team we've had, it's definitely one of the best."

Kori Dumas plowed his way for 217 yards on just 12 carries, four of which went for touchdowns, while quarterback Kyle White - later named the game's Most Valuable Player - had 18 carries for 145 yards and a pair of scores, while adding 37 yards in the air on 1-of-2 passing.

Ringgold scored on its first five possessions of the first half with 13 of its 21 rushing plays in those five possessions going for 10 or more yards as the Tigers built a 36-14 halftime lead.

The Ringgold defense gave up 140 yards of offense for the game with just 19 coming on the ground.

Check back later for more details on the game and a full game recap will be included in the Wednesday, Oct. 25 edition of the Catoosa County News.