Ragland scored on the very first play from scrimmage – a 64-yard touchdown pass from KiJana Lindsay to Jacob Brewster. They led 6-0.
The rest of the first half belonged to Addison, scoring the first two times they had the ball. Running back Dillon Jarrett scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards to take a 16-6 halftime lead.
Addison took the second half kickoff and marched 62 yards in eight plays to add to its lead. The touchdown came on a 30 yard run by Devan Marlin to make it 22-6.
Ragland put together a drive, but it stalled out due to a penalty. Addison took over on the Ragland 14.
Quarterback Taylor Wilson scored on an 8-yard run to make it 28-6.
Ragland made a great effort in its comeback try.
Christian Morrow scored from 19 yards out with 10:21 remaining in the game. Lindsay threw to Jacob Brewster for the two-point conversion to make it 28-14.
The Purple Devils defense forced a punt, and then Ragland struck quick. Lindsay hooked up with Jacob Brewster for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was no good, but with 5:52 remaining in the game, the score was 28-20.
Ragland forced yet another punt, and got the ball back. They drove to the Bulldog 19 yard line. On fourth down and 14, Addison was called for pass interference. A new rule did not give the Purple Devils a first down, and they had a fourth down and four, Lindsay was sacked for a one-yard loss. The final score was 28-20.
Ragland coach Jonathan Nix said they have to start off better.
“They ran the ball on us in the first half, and it took us awhile to wake up,” Nix said. “I love how the coaches and the kids came out in the second half and fought. That’s the most important thing – how you finish things. We just have to go on forward from here and fix the problems. We have to keep improving on both sides of the ball. We have to pay attention to detail in close games.”
Ragland, 0-1 on the season, looks to get back on track next week when they travel to Gaylesville.