Ranburne continued unabated toward its date with destiny next week after the Bulldogs dispatched Westbrook Christian 33-13 Friday in Rainbow City.
Ranburne now returns home to take on 1-5 West End-Walnut Grove before an all-important region finale against Ohatchee on the 18th.
“It’s not like it’s a secret. The kids know where we are,” said Ranburne head coach Stephen Bailey. “We just challenge them to continue doing what they’ve been doing as far as focusing on week to week. We’re going to try to beat West End and not worry about anything else.”
Ranburne remained undefeated despite a little bit of a slow start against Westbrook that saw the Bulldogs hold just a 14-7 lead at halftime.
“[Our defense] gave up one drive. We were reading the wrong thing on that drive and they slipped one out on us and scored early,” Bailey said. “Other than that they were pretty solid.”
Ranburne’s defense held Westbrook in check while the offense scored three unanswered second half touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
Jaxon Langley’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Craft early in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up by 26 points and allowed Bailey to start emptying his bench.
Christian Smith led Ranburne’s 351-yard rushing attack with 90 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Gunner Hollis added 84 yards on just five carries and also caught two passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Ranburne’s five touchdowns were scored by five different players as Damon Calhoun and Langley added rushing scores to their team’s offensive output.
Langley has filled in ably at quarterback for injured starter Ben Jackson, but Jackson is close to full health according to Bailey and will see some meaningful snaps against West End Friday.
“We want to try to work him back in and give him several series,” Bailey said. “I think Jaxon’s done a good job doing what he does, so we’re going to continue to play him too and have them both ready for the next week.”
The next week is the big one against Ohatchee. Both teams will enter the game unbeaten if Ranburne takes care of business against West End (Ohatchee is off this week).
It will be a repeat of last year’s scenario where the winner of the Ranburne-Ohatchee game will be the region champion and the loser will finish second. Neither team can fall out of those top two spots no matter what happens this week and next. Ohatchee won last year’s meeting 28-0.
Billingsley 25, Wadley 6
Wadley headed into its off week with a 25-6 loss to Billingsley last Friday. The Leader was unable to get stats or details from this game.
Wadley is now 3-3 on the season and will return to the field next week at home against Autaugaville.