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.