Ruth Rains takes down middle school 22-14

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By Steve Jarboe

The Ruth Rains Middle School football team paid a visit to Booster Stadium Oct. 4 to take on the Williston Middle School Red Devils.
The Rangers came into the contest with a perfect 2-0 record after having a game canceled due to stormy weather.
Neither team was able to get anything started in the early going as the first quarter ended in 0-0 tie.
As the second quarter got under way, Rangers quarterback Aaron Thomas hit a wide open Jontavious Paige for a completed pass down to the Red Devil 25-yard line.
On a third down and 7 from the Red Devil 12-yard line, Ranger Julian Robinson scooted in for the touchdown. The 2-point run was good and the Rangers took an 8-0 lead. The Red Devils fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Rangers recovered the football.
Following several running plays down to the 1-yard line, Ranger Marquez Hollis blasted in the end zone for the second Ranger touchdown. The 2-point PAT was good and the Ruth Rains Middle School Rangers went ahead of the Williston Middle School Red Devils 16-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Red Devils took the ensuing kickoff, ran three plays and took a time out with 21 seconds on the game clock. As play resumed, Keith Hardee took a pitch out and cut back through the Rangers defense  and raced 55 yards for the Red Devils first score of the game.
The 2-point try was stopped and the Red Devils now trailed the Rangers 16-6 as the first half ended. The Rangers took the second half kickoff and went to a wildcat formation as they began to drive the ball down the field.
Robinson took the snap in the wildcat formation and raced in to the end zone from 28 yards out for a Ranger touchdown. The 2-point try was stopped by the Red Devil defense and the Rangers held a 22-6 lead over the Red Devils.
The Red Devils began to drive the ball on several nice runs by Austin Langworthy and T.J. Pitts. The Red Devils however fumbled the ball as they crossed midfield and the Rangers took over at the Red Devil 48-yard line. The Rangers began another drive from the wildcat formation as the third quarter ended.
The Rangers had a fourth down and five at the Red Devil 6-yard line several minutes into the fourth quarter. The Red Devil defense stiffened and they took the ball over on downs. The Red Devils moved the ball down to the Rangers 32-yard line as the clock continued to run down in the fourth quarter.
 The Red Devils called a time out before running a third down play. A simple flair out pass from quarterback Britton Hall to Hardee saw Hardee out run the Ranger tacklers to the end zone for a Red Devil touchdown. The 2-point run by Langworthy was good. The Red Devils had closed the score to 22-14 with a few seconds left in the game.
 The Rangers held on to protect their lead and go to 3-0 on the season. The Red Devils are now 2-2 for the season traveled to Chiefland Oct. 11 before wrapping up their season at Bronson  Oct. 18. Game time is 6 p.m.