Said Ringgold quarterback Slade Dale,"We want to make Ringgold proud. We are playing for the town."
Ringgold High School has been through a lot over the last two seasons. It's taken that long to recover from the devastating tornado that ripped through the school. Now, finally, in 2013, a sense of stability for the Tigers. Said head coach Robert Akins,"A year and a half after the tornado, it was chaos. It was hard to pull everything together. You were doing a lot of traveling and those kinds of things. Now we are home, we are settled in the field house, and we know where we are going to be every day."
That sense of stability extends to the offense, which returns all but one starter from a year ago, including quarterback Slade Dale. Said Akins,"He's got a great arm, and that's why he signed baseball with Georgia. He has got a fantastic arm and really, it works well into what we do offensively because we can run play action option, and really put people in binds because he can throw the ball down field.
Said Dale,"That's the one thing we are doing this year. We are pushing each other, and we aren't being complacent. That's one thing that's going to make this team great. Definitely competing every day when we get out on the practice field because this is where it starts. In the weight room, and the practice field, and you know we are just competing every day to get better and better."
Three of the Tigers five losses last year were by a combined five points. They hope a year of experience will be the difference in a big season this year. Said running back Kile Sholl,"We just need to execute. We are out here every day going as hard as we can. We just need that on Friday night under those lights. We just need to execute as hard as we can, and I believe this team can do that, and go over the hump and just keep going." Said Dale,"We don't want a 6-4 season, or 6-5 season like Ringgold's always went. We want to do something great you know. We were taking team pictures the other day, and we were talking. We want this team picture to be something that will be framed in Ringgold forever. We want to make history here."