RINGGOLD — After a heartbreaking shutout loss two weeks ago against cross-county foe North Murray, the Murray County Indians needed a win last Friday in a big way. Unfortunately, the Ringgold Tigers were too much for the Indians, easily outlasting the struggling team, winning 54-28, giving them their fourth-straight loss. And with just three games remaining for Murray County they’ll need to win out to have a .500 season.
An unfortunate theme is unfolding for Murray County this year: they come out of the gate a little sluggish. In high school football, or any level of football for that matter, that is a surefire recipe for a long and tenuous, and more than likely, losing, season. The Tigers busted loose quick, racking up 35 points to the Indians 0 with a little over five minutes to go in the second quarter, and led 42-7 at the half. The Indians scored once in the third and then twice more in the fourth quarter, but the Murray County defense continued to give up points, albeit at a much slower pace than the early quarters, but they were never really able to close the gap as they fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in Region 6AAA.
“We got behind quick due to hat slow start, but we had a very strong second half,” Murray County Head Coach Chad Brewer said. “We improved our execution and our effort in the final two quarters. The first half, we just didn’t play. Hopefully, we get off to a fast start this week against Coahulla Creek.”
A lone bright spot for Murray County came from their stud running back Tucker Gregg, who finished with 239 yards rushing on 20 carries and three touchdowns. Gregg’s now rushed for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns through seven games. That’s an average of nearly 175 yards per game and leads the area.
Indian wide receivers Justin Genitempo and Preston Vanmeter both hauled in four receptions against the Tigers as well.
Defensively, Tyler Keener had nine tackles for Murray County, including four for loss. That brings his total for the season up to 17, which is now a school record.
The Indians will host a winless Coahulla Creek team this Friday and need a win to get back on track. Kick off is slated for 7:30pm.
Last week, the North Murray Mountaineers had a bye week, but this week they’ll jump back into the forefront as they take on Ringgold (4-3, 3-1 Region 6AAA) at home.
The Mountaineers are sitting at 3-3 overall with three games left to play this season and they have their eye on the prize again this year: a berth into the playoffs. Gametime is set for 7:30pm.