It was a huge signature win for Marty Paxton and the Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls Friday night. As Robbie Newell picked off a Trojan pass to seal the win.
Northwest Cabarrus rolled into the Ridge as heavy favorites agains the HRHS squad. The first quarter score of 14-0 in favor of Northwest gave the home crowd a sense of looming defeat. It was a determined Hickory Ridge team playing its best game of the season to close the score to 14-10 at the half.
Northwest coming out on their first possession of the 3rd quarter went right down the field and made the score 20 -10 after a missed extra point attempt. Hickory Ridge answered with touch down of their own to cut the lead to with in 3 points, 20-17. The enssuing kick off was fumbled and Hickory was set up to take advanatge of the short field. A few plays later, the Ragin' Bulls found the end zone and lead for the first time. The point after was just wide right and the score was HRHS 23- Northwest 20.
Hickory Ridge forced a punt after kicking off, but with the possession they were not able to run much more than a minute off the clock going 3 and out, punting the ball back to Northwest. Northwest staged another drive and with the help of an un-sportsmanlike penalty reached the end zone to re-take the lead 27-23. When Hickory Ridge received the kick off, there was just over 3 minutes to play. During the game winning drive, the Ragin' Bulls had to convert two 4th down plays to stay alive. The game winner came on a 21 yard pass from Nick Moelle to John Martinez,
After the final kickoff, it was a pass play over the middle from Northwest that Newell made the game saving interception.
The Ragin' Bulls had 361 yards of total offense to 204 for the visiting Trojans. Brian Baltimore lead all Ragin' Bulls rushers with 78 yards, Coye Still had 61 yards and Cody Cothern posted 32 yards on the ground.
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Next Week the Bulls travel to A L Brown.