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Ringling rallies back to beat defending champion Wayne

In what surely will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in the considerable history of Ringling football, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to stun defending Class A champion Wayne 40-33 in a quarterfinal game.
BY MURRAY EVANS For The Oklahoman Published: November 23, 2012

Even so, “we were confident,” Dillon said. “We just had to make stops on defense and work as a team.”

A 63-yard run by Richardson set up a 7-yard touchdown run by Dillon before the third quarter ended. After a Wayne punt, the Blue Devils marched 64 yards and pulled within 33-28 on a 2-yard, fourth-down touchdown run by Dillon with 6:50 left.

On Wayne's first play from scrimmage after that, Johnson fumbled and Ronnie Ward recovered for Ringling at the Wayne 29. Richardson eventually scored on a 1-yard plunge to put the Blue Devils up 34-33 with 2:56 left.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs and Dillon reeled off a 30-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left. Given a second chance, the Bulldogs didn't make it past their own 36 before Richardson intercepted a pass by Martin with 1:34 left.

“That was a huge win for our kids and program,” Gandy said. “We haven't had a win like that in a lot of years.”

Wayne needed just five plays to score after taking the opening kickoff, doing so on a 5-yard run by  Johnson. Ringling answered quickly, covering 64 yards in nine plays, capped by a 16-yard, fourth-down pass from Richardson to Landon Lyle.

Johnson put the Bulldogs ahead 13-7 with an 8-yard touchdown run with 9:22 left in the first half, but Martin missed the extra-point attempt.

Ringling went up 14-13 when Richardson broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run and Taylor Pybas converted the extra-point kick with 2:21 left in the half. Wayne trailed at halftime for the first time all season.


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