Saturday, November 21, 2009

IT'S OVER...Nighhawks end the Ragin' Bulls season 49 - 9

The Ragin' Bulls magical season came to an abrupt end Friday night at Northern Guildford High School.  The Hickory Ridge team accomplished many goals for 3rd year head coach Marty Paxton.  First team to finish with a winning season, first team to make the NC State playoffs, first team to win a playoff game.   There are so many good things for the program to build upon. 

The team also saw tonight what the next level of high school football looks like.  The Ragin' Bulls took advantage of an early fumble deep in Nighthawk territory to take a 3 - 0 lead.  The lead did not last long as on the ensuing kickoff, Keenan Allen of NGHS, weaved his way through and out sprinted the coverage team to a quick 6 points.  NGHS also put up 2 more quick TD strikes both by Allen before the 1st quarter ended.  Going into the second period of play Hickory Ridge was down 21 - 3.

The final score:  49 - 9.

As the players walked out for pre-game warm ups there was a very nice exchange of applause between players and the fans who made the trip 2 hours north.  Several bus loads of students, parents and friends provided plenty of support for the team. 

Check back soon for more stats and reports on the final game of the season.  Basketball and wrestling will take over front and center soon in this blog spot.

Come on out and support your Ragin' Bulls Athletics.

Go Bulls!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Look back at North Forsyth

The stats from last Friday's game show just how dominate the Ragin' Bulls were in the teams first ever State Playoff game.  Brian Baltimore ran 44 times totaling 231 yards.  Those yards accounted for 91% of the Ragin' Bulls offense. 

Team Statistics:          HRHS          North Forsyth
First Downs               13                 9
Rushes- Yards           53-224         18 (-13)
Passing yards             29                 168
Comp-Att-int             3-7-0            14-26-2
Punts- Avg                 3 - 31.3         3 - 13.7
Penalties- yards          9-95              2-18

Check back for updates to the State Playoffs.

Go Bulls!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Preview of Northern Guilford Nighthawks, Friday 11-20-09 7:30 PM

Hickory Ridge will face its toughest opponent of the season when the Ragin’ Bulls travel two plus hours north to Northern Guilford High School. The Nighthawks bring a 9 game winning streak into Friday night’s contest and a state ranking of 16 according to

The stats are impressive for Northern Guilford.

Nighthawks average 44.8 points per game, while the HRHS Ragin’s Bulls have generated 23 points per game. Average margin of victory for NGHS has been 32 points, so while the offense has been lighting scoreboards each week the defense has been very stingy allowing 11 points per game. The only loss the Nighthawks suffered was in the second week of the season, a 7-12 affair against Dudley (Greensboro).

Leading the way for NGHS has been an all around athlete who seems to be able to do it all, Keenan Allen. Allen will see action on both sides of the ball. Regarded as one of the best safeties in the state, he will also work as wide receiver, running back and quarterback. In a game earlier this year, Allen threw for a TD, rushed for 2 scores and had 1 TD receiving. This past week, Keenan Allen verbally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide to continue playing at the next level.

On defense the Ragin’ Bulls will have to manage the play of Nighthawks senior defensive end, Gabe King. At 6’5”, 260 pounds, King has been the anchor to the Nighthawks defense.

Of course the Ragin’ Bulls will counter with the dependable running of Brian Baltimore. Baltimore has been the most prolific rusher in the history of Hickory Ridge. In 12 games this year the junior running back has 1,617 yards and 17 TD’s. Baltimore running behind a solid Ragin’ Bull line averages 6.6 yards per carry and 147 yards per game. The Ragin’ Bulls will certainly like to see Baltimore chew up ground and clock to keep the Nighthawk offense on the sideline. HRHS defense will be lead by Ryan McGill and Dillion Burdette. McGill leads the team with 27 tackles, with Burdette right behind with 25 tackles and 52 assist.

Coach Marty Paxton has the team playing very spirited football in the post season. Ragin’ Bulls fans turned out in great numbers for the game against North Forsyth. The caravan from Cabarrus county was strong with 2 bus loads of players, a bus for the Blue Regiment, 75 students packed 2 activity buses all lead by the Cheerleaders bus. The fan support for Hickory Ridge has been excellent all year.

Stay tuned for more exciting Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls sporting news.

Check out the links for the Football blog on the right of this page.

Go Bulls!

HRHS Stampede the North Forsyth Vikings, 25-6

The Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls win the team’s first ever state playoff game with a hard running attack from Brian Baltimore and a very tough defense. The pregame talk was all about the North Forsyth air attack, but they never could get things off the ground. The Ragin' Bulls did give up several big pass plays, but stiffened when needed to turn back the Vikings. It was only a trick double pass play that put points on the board late in the 2nd half that kept the game from being a shutout.

More stats will be available later. Brief list of outstanding efforts: Danny Book blocked punt, Brian Baltimore racked up over 100 yards rushing, Ryan McGill interception return with 1:06 to play in first half good for a TD. Josh Freeman interception to seal the victory.

Next week Round 2 of the state playoffs.

Go Bulls!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hickory Ridge Playoff Bound

The Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls have made the NC Highschool Football Playoffs.  The Ragin' Bulls first foray into the post season is a road game to North Forsyth.

Complete brackett information is found at:

Select the 3 AA Bracket.  The school address is: 
5705 Shattalon Dr.
Winston Salem, NC 27105
Check back for more details and information about the game.
Go Bulls!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Baltimore carries the Ragin' Bulls past J M Robinson 28-26

Junor running back Brian Baltimore had over 200 yards rushing by half time in tonights Southern Piedmont 3A conference game against rival J M Robinson.  The win pushed Hickory Ridge to it first wining season in its very short 3 year history.  HRHS, 6-5 overall and 5-2 in conference place the Ragin' Bulls in a 3 way tie for second place.   Conference leader AL Brown lost the battle for the bell against Concord, 13-10.  Meanwhile North West Cabarrus was pounding Cox Mill.  The results of those 3 games, makes for an interesting tie.

Entering into Friday nights games, the league had 4 teams sitting on 4-2 in conference. Only the match up between Hickory Ridge and J M Robinson would ensure one team would be on the out side looking in.  

Hickory Ridge took a 28- 14 lead in at halftime.  After 3 scoring runs by Baltimore, a tipped pass from Blake Sides to John Martinez with less than 10 seconds to play before half.  The ball appeared to be tipped by fellow Ragin' Bull Coye Steel into the hands of Martinez.

As for play offs, the decisions will be posted Sunday night on the NC High School Athletic Association web site. There remains a 3 way tie of Hickory Ridge, Concord and North West Cabarrus each having a 5-2 record.
Hickory Ridge won against NW Cabarrus, but lost to Concord.
NW Cabarrus won against Concord, so the Concord win over Kannapolis was critical for the Spiders to give them a 5th win.

Baltimore ended the night with 37 carries for a season high 354 yards.

Check the HRHS Football blog for more highlights and stats.

Go Bull!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

JV Ragin' Bulls Finish out the year with Strong win over Robinson

The JV Football team came out big against the Robinson Bulldogs winning easily 47 - 20.  The game was not really that close as the Ragin' Bulls had the game well in hand after the 1st quarter.  The score was 14 - 0 after the first 10 minute period, then the Ragin' Bulls doubled down in the 2nd quarter making the half time score 28-0.

It was the 4th quarter before J M Robinson was able to light the score column on the score board.

TJ Allen ran the ball for HRHS 13 times for 143 yards, giving him an average of 11 yards per carry and 2 touch downs.  Fellow running back DJ Barnes, had 4 carrys for 64 yards, also with 2 TD's.
All total the Ragin' Bulls posted 396 total yards of offense.  

Harvey Cook had 1 catch for 38 yards on a nifty catch and run in the first half.

The Varsity play their final regular season game against the Bull Dogs Friday night.

Go Bulls!