A late change in plans by an expected opponent found Ranburne scram bling for a spring football jamboree date. Playing Class 4A Jacksonville and Class 5A Albert P. Brewer in Jacksonville Saturday was the only option avail able to the Bulldogs and it turned out to be a good one.
Baseball players Logan Sibley, Owen Smith, Trent Williams, Brayden Wil son and Blake Young all missed football workouts because of Ranburne’s extended run in the base ball playoffs. None of that group attempted to play in the jamboree. Quarterback Dylan Wiggins and receiv er Kyle Lovvorn saw lim ited action in the jambo ree after one full practice and two days of shortened practices.
“I think a lot of the guys that maybe didn’t play as much last year got some good work,” head football coach and head baseball coach Chad Young said Monday. “The coaches did a good job of getting them ready and gave them something to look forward to. When we get them all together, it’s going to be even better.”
Young said most of the Bulldogs were able to practice nine days.
Ranburne opened with two 12-minute “halves” against Jacksonville and won 3-0. Kicker Jake Howle booted 24-yard field goal for the only points of the game against the Gold en Eagles. Howle’s kick was set up by Logan Ot well. Otwell intercepted a Jacksonville pass attempt and returned it about 30 yards to the Jacksonville 5-yard line.
After scoring, Young said his team held Jackson ville and was driving again when the opening “half” expired. Ranburne moved the ball again in the second period but didn’t score.
In the Brewer game, the Bulldogs fell 21-10. A 2-yard touchdown run by Wiggins and Howle’s ex tra point tied the score at 7-7. Late in the first “half”, Howle added a 25-yard field goal and Ranburne led 10-7 at intermission. In the final 12 minutes, the Bulldogs played their younger players and gave up 14 points.
Young said Lovvorn, who played a few more snaps than Wiggins, had a couple of nice pass recep tions.
“As a group, I could tell that the ninth-graders that are going to be tenth-grad ers were stronger and the tenth-graders and elev enth-graders,” Young said. “I could tell that everybody grew up a year.”
Young said the Bulldogs will begin summer work outs on the first Tuesday in June. Ranburne will host a 7-on-7 camp July 10, go to Bremen, Georgia, on July 17 for 7-on-7 then play in Piedmont’s annual 7-on-7 competition on Saturday, July 26.
July 26 has also been set as the date for the an nual Ranburne Booster Club fundraising dinner at Foxwood, just outside Tal lapoosa, Georgia.