It was a big night for Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale and a bigger night for the Tigers football program.
Ringgold defeated North Hall 55-54 in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, with Dale accounting for 380 total yards and seven touchdowns. Dale, a senior who will play baseball at the University of Georgia, ran 22 times for 162 yards and four touchdowns and completed 11 of 21 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
The win gave the school a ninth win for only the second time (the other coming in 1989) and is believed to be the first playoff win in school history. Ringgold made the playoffs on six previous occasions, including last year, but lost in the first round.
Neither Ringgold nor North Hall could stop the other team. North Hall ran for 467 yards and threw for 55, while Ringgold ran for 268 and threw for 218. North Hall’s Zac Little carried 31 times for 267 yards and two touchdowns and Andrew Smith ran 16 times for 108 yards and one touchdown.