For the second time in as many weeks, Ringgold traveled to Mars High School for a WPIAL Playoff game. The previous week was a rematch of last year’s playoffs, with the Rams avenging their loss against the Fighting Planets to advance to the semifinals. On Friday night, Ringgold would once again face a familiar foe as they took on New Castle for the second time in less than a month.
Nobody expected the rematch to go as smoothly for the Rams as it did when they beat New Castle 41-27 on October 21st. The Red Hurricanes made sure that was the case, scoring on their opening possession to go ahead 7-0. It looked as if Ringgold would answer with a touchdown of their own, but Tyrese Youngblood took a second-and-goal carry and fumbled just before the goal line.
New Castle would add a field goal in the second quarter to make the score 10-0 at the half.
Ringgold opened the second half with the ball, but their drive stalled and they were forced to punt. The Red Hurricanes would score on their first possession of the half to increase their lead to 17-0.
Late in the period, Ringgold would have another chance to score facing a first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line, but quarterback George Martin was intercepted by New Castle’s Geno Stone.
Four plays later, New Castle would punch in another score for a 24-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ringgold would not go quietly, however, and after forcing a safety, Martin found Max Maciejewski from just inside the 20-yard line to cut the deficit to 24-10.
After forcing a three-and-out Martin would find Maciejewski a second time to close the gap to 24-17 with 7:19 left in the game. Unfortunately, Ringgold desperately needed a stop and couldn’t get off the field on New Castle’s next possession.
The Red Hurricanes would score on their next two possessions to put the game out of reach. Final score: New Castle 38, Ringgold 17.
George Martin finished 20-40 for 256 passing yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. Max Maciejewski had game-highs in catches and yards with eight grabs for 121 yards, including two touchdowns.
With the loss, Ringgold finishes the season at 9-3 overall.