October 25, 2013

Consider the possibilities

Much more than bragging rights at stake as Southeast hosts Northwest


Ringgold (6-1, 4-0) at

Coahulla Creek (2-5, 1-3)

The Colts host a Ringgold team on a roll, with the Tigers — who beat North Murray 49-27 last week — having won four in a row since losing 19-15 to Central-Carroll on Sept. 13, the only time this season they haven’t scored at least 30 points.

Ringgold’s average of 36 points per game is second in Region 5-3A only to powerhouse Cartersville — which is averaging 50 per outing — and the Tigers have no shortage of threats capable of putting the ball in the end zone.

With all of that in mind, Coahulla Creek coach Jared Hamlin understands the importance of not missing assignments on defense.

“They are as good as anyone we play,” Hamlin said. “We’re going to have to be fundamentally sound defensively.”

Among the offensive weapons for the Tigers are senior quarterback Slade Dale, junior running backs D.L. Goins and Kile Sholl and junior wide receiver Christian Plott. All are capable of putting up big numbers, as they did against the Mountaineers. Goins, Plott and Sholl each had more than 100 yards rushing or receiving last week, while Dale passed for two touchdowns.

Dale’s ability to use both his arm and legs to break down a defense reminds Hamlin of a certain Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback currently starring at Texas A&M.

“Just by the way he does things, he reminds me of Johnny Manziel,” Hamlin said of Dale, who has committed to the University of Georgia’s baseball program and led his Tigers to a 33-27 triple-overtime victory at Dalton to open the season. “Not that he is, but he has that kind of threat. He throws and runs it well. We have to try to keep him wrapped up and keep him from getting loose.”

The Colts will look to control the ball and the clock against Ringgold, a recipe that brought them success in the first half of last week’s 28-18 loss to LFO. This time, though, they’d also like to come away with more points after getting into the red zone.

Against the Warriors, Coahulla Creek had four drives 11 plays or more and ran 48 plays during the first two quarters, when the Colts’ no-huddle offense was working efficiently.

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