Alas, David’s team did not win this past Friday. It was sad for them…I guess because we could have won…we just didn’t capitalize on all of the other team’s mistakes. 😦 On the bright side, David did score a touchdown! Boy, that sure is fun to watch!! We are so proud of the great job he is doing. Ellie and Ethan love to go to the games and EAT, but I know one day they will enjoy watching their brother play football. Won’t be long and we’ll be watching Ethan! The article from the paper is below.
Until next time,
Ragland silences Thunder
From staff reports (Anniston Star)
RAGLAND — Jacksonville Christian had no answer for Ragland quarterback Jamarcus Embry, who scored four touchdowns as the Purple Devils remained undefeated in Class 1A, Region 5 play.
Ragland rushed for 359 yards, led by Embry, who rushed the ball 18 times for 159 yards and four touchdowns and did not play in the fourth quarter.
Ragland opened the scoring late in the first quarter on an Embry 16-yard run. The key play in the drive was a 24-yard run by Cadet Byers. Facing a third-and-8 at the JCA 28, Embry ran for 12 yards and a first down.
JCA (3-4, 2-3) responded with a 13-play drive, scoring on 9-yard pass from Stephen Hurst to David Parris.
Ragland then scored on a 12-yard run from Embry but missed the extra point. J.T. Caldwell intercepted a JCA pass, and Ragland capitalized with a 5-yard run from Embry and a two-point conversion, making it 21-7 at half.
JCA scored on the first possession of the second half on a 14-yard pass from Hurst to Jacob Bollinger.
The Purple Devils got their fourth touchdown from Embry on a 2-yard run, making the score 27-14. Byers and Embry led the drive, as Byers had a run of 10 yards, while Embry had a 34-yard gain.
Hurst then threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Bollinger, making the score 27-21.
Ragland finished strong, scoring the final 16 points.
Early in the fourth quarter, JCA fumbled and Ragland recovered at the JCA 3. Byers scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. The Purple Devils converted the two-point conversion as Caldwell threw to Cory Alverson to make it 34-21.
The Purple Devil defense bent but did not break on the next drive as they allowed JCA to move the ball from its own 44 to the Ragland 13. But on fourth down and 4, JCA gained only 2 yards, turning it over on downs.
Ragland then moved the ball 89 yards in 11 plays, all on the ground and used up almost six minutes off the clock. The key play was a 41-yard rumble by Byers, who eventually scored on a 5-yard run. Byers scored the two-point conversion with 1:34 remaining to make the final score 43-21.