Pisgah edges St. Al with late touchdown

Published 1:19 am Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday’s game between St. Aloysius and Pisgah started off mild, and then got a little wild.

Don Ragsdale scored four touchdowns — the last on a 4-yard run with a minute to go — as Pisgah beat St. Al 35-28 in a rollercoaster of a game in Rankin County. The Flashes and Dragons combined to score seven touchdowns in the second half after St. Al took a 7-6 lead into halftime.

“It was back and forth. We’d score, and then they’d score,” St. Al coach BJ Smithhart said. “It would’ve been funner if we’d have won. I thought the kids played hard, and that Ragsdale kid is really good.”

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Ragsdale scored on runs of 2, 25, 55 and 4 yards. Kendarius Story also had a 2-yard touchdown run for Pisgah (2-0).

St. Al got a 50-yard touchdown run from Connor Bottin, another TD run from Jamar Williams, and a touchdown pass from Antonio Thompson to Tyler Lewis. Unlike last week, when it committed six turnovers in the mud and muck against Cathedral, it didn’t have any this time.

St. Al tied it at 28 on Williams’ touchdown with about eight minutes left in the game. The teams traded possessions, and then Pisgah marched down the field to Ragsdale’s go-ahead score with a minute to go.

St. Al got the ball back and reached midfield before turning it over on downs.

“We really played a lot smarter,” Smithhart said. “Last week was just sort of sloppy. We looked a lot more in tune.”