Not only is the Ridgeland Football team Region 6AAAA Champions, they got to host the first round of State at home, and won! There were worried that the team that put Ridgeland out during the first round of State last year, St. Pius, would win again but the Panthers were not having that. It would be Ridgeland who scored the first touchdown of the night, but St. Pius fought back and scored two touchdowns in a row. Before half time started, Ridgeland tied up the score making it 14 all. During the second half of the game, two of Ridgeland’s vital players were injured, Stephon Walker and Grayson Moore. Walker went up for an amazing catch, but immediately suffered from a torn ACL and could not finish the game and later found out that he is out for the season. Right after Walker’s injury, Moore was diagnosed with a concussion from a tough play, but that would not stop the Panthers. Ridge land came back and scored one final touchdown that would put them in the lead at 21-14. Everyone was on the edge of their seats during the last few minutes of the 4th quarter as St. Pius had the ball. Both sides of the bleachers were going crazy and hoping that the game would not go into over time. Tanner Hill relieved everybody’s stress when St. Pius’ quarter back threw the ball to the 20 yard line and Hill got an interception. The crowd went wild as Hill ran the ball almost all the way back to the Panther inzone. Ridgeland once again gets the home field advantage this Friday night as they take on Spaulding and continue their way to the Dome.
All it took was two games (11-5, 4-1) for the Lady Panther Softball team to fight their way into 6-4A semi-finals against county rivals, the Ramblers. The Lady Panthers are in the number one seed (16-7) and they will host the winner of the Heritage and Northwest game.
- Ridgeland 11, LaFayette 5
The Lady Panthers quickly took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and collected 5 more runs in the second inning. LaFayette quickly bounced back with a five run inning. Morgan Crawford provided 2 runs with her sixth home run of the year. Allison Wallin worked into the sixth inning, and was then subbed out for Crawford, who finished the game. Haley Sandridge had an amzing game, going 4 for 4 with a single, 2 doubles and a triple. Kiera Foster had two singles and add to Ridgeland’s 13 hits.
- Ridgeland 4, LaFayette 1
Ciera Foster got a RBI single in the top first, but LaFayette quicly battled back and scored a solo run on an RBI single by Yancy. Katie Carruth scored a home run on a groundout by Sandridge. Davis helped out in the sixth inning by making an outstanding diving catch in foul territory to prevent LaFayette from scoring. But things got real in the fifth inning when singles hit by Hannah Blevins and Marquila Howell and a bunt by Mckenzie Houge loaded the bases. Crawford struck out Madison Harris, but Kayleigh Goff managed to hit a high chopper that landed just perfectly to bounce off the plate. The Lady Panther catcher Cortney Mooneyham caught the ball and forced Blevins to be out and then threw the ball to Grayson James at first base for the inning-ending double play.
The Lady Panthers will advance and play the winner of the Heritage v.s. Northwest game right here at home.