It didn’t matter who recovered the fumble, or even which team.
All that mattered was the play was over and the game was over — and with it, Dalton High School’s long run of success in its long-running football series with Ringgold.
A triple-overtime thriller to kick off the 2013 season at Dalton’s Harmon Field ended with a 33-27 victory for the visiting Tigers.
They stopped a streak of 27 straight losses to the Catamounts — who still lead the all-time series 43-2 — after the home team failed to convert in a do-or-die fourth-down situation.
For Georgia High School Association programs, in overtime each team gets a possession from the defense’s 15-yard line. After each team has a possession — first downs can be gained — if the score remains tied, there is another round of overtime handled in the same manner, although the opposite team gets possession first. In the third overtime, teams cannot try an extra-point attempt, but must go for a 2-point conversion instead.
Ringgold, which had the first possession in the third overtime, got its final score on a 1-yard quarterback sneak from senior quarterback Slade Dale, who finished the game with 225 rushing yards and three touchdowns. But a two-point conversion pass failed, leaving Dalton a chance to win, lose or tie once more.
After two runs netting 2 yards and one incomplete pass, the Cats were in fourth-and-8 at Ringgold’s 13-yard line. Dalton’s last play was a designed halfback pass — with Jase Chastain playing the halfback role — but he didn’t catch the pitch from quarterback Payton Veraldi, and both he and a Ringgold player dove on the ball, ending the game.
Dalton will travel Sept. 6 to play Calhoun, which reached the Class 2A state title game each of the past five seasons.
Cats coach Matt Land referenced his team’s 35-13 loss to Sandy Creek in the second round of last year’s Class 4A state playoffs for perspective on the season-opening loss, which won’t hurt Dalton in the league standings — the Cats are in Sub-region 7B-4A, Ringgold is in Region 5-3A — but certainly hurt.
“I wanted my players to know I hurt for them,” Land said. “To lose a close game like that, particularly one that you feel you should’ve won, I hurt for them. You lose to Sandy Creek, you know, you tried your best but got beat by a better team. It’s hard to lose a game you should’ve won.”
Dale leads Ringgold to rare win in series vs. Dalton
It didn’t matter who recovered the fumble, or even which team.
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Todd leaving DHS swim after 16 years
Throughout his 17 years with the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club and his 16 years with the Dalton High and Dalton Middle School swim programs, Charles Todd has received looks and offers from other areas.
But with his youngest child Chase still in school and his wife playing a major role in the Whitfield County Division of Family and Children Services, Todd wasn’t looking to make a move.
Bringing in the best
When high school football coaches look for events to take their teams to during the summer, they are looking for three things — top competition, organization and hospitality.
For The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, the Dalton community and local business leaders take care of the latter. The tournament officials work tirelessly to provide the organization. And the two combined assure the top competition will show up.
Cushman’s gamble is paying off
Wil Cushman never had to worry about establishing his high school’s swimming and diving program. Dalton already had a full roster and championship history.
His first two years at Birmingham Southern University, though, have been all about making sure the beginning wasn’t the end.
In the lineup again
When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.
Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round
Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.
All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age
Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.
All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year
As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.
Carlile gets a chance to grind
As Dylan Carlile saw more and more of his peers receiving offers from college wrestling programs, he became nervous.
The Dalton High School grappler had nothing to worry about, because when the time came, he had his choice.
Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A
In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
“There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”
Nelson keeps a tight line
Multiple high school athletes from the area sign scholarships each year for baseball, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and many other sports.
Bass fishing scholarships? There aren’t many of those.
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