With the Bulldogs leading 33-32 in overtime, Wiggins made the initial hit as Pleasant Valley’s quarterback tried to turn a bootleg play into a game-winning 2-point conversion. Ranburne coach Chad Young said Wiggins and defensive back Devin Rehberg each had coverage assignments on the play. When Wiggins saw the runner cross the line of scrimmage and head for the pylon he left his man first. Rehberg then came up immediately to make sure there was no second effort.
“Devin and Dalton, they made the tackle,” said Young. “We try to just talk to everybody about doing their job. That particular play, that was what they were supposed to do and everybody else did what they were supposed to do and it kind of worked out for us.”
Ranburne had taken a 33-26 lead in overtime when Dylan Tullis ran for nine yards on a power play on first down then scored the next snap from one yard out on the same play.
Freshman Jake Howle then kicked what proved to be the game-winning extra point.
The game was a back-and-forth affair from the beginning. Pleasant Valley led 6-0 after one quarter.
Ranburne’s G.W. Caldwell scored on a 9-yard run on the first play of the second quarter but Howle’s kick missed the mark.
The Raiders scored again with about a minute left in the second quarter. Tullis returned the ensuing kickoff to the Pleasant Valley 8-yard line. With seven seconds remaining before halftime, Caldwell scored on a 1-yard run.
The 2-point conversion try failed, leaving the game deadlocked at 12 at intermission.
Pleasant Valley scored first in the third quarter to lead 19-12. Ranburne answered on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Wiggins to Brayden Wilson with 4:34 left in the third and Howle’s kicked knotted the score. The Raiders added another seven points in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter and led 26-19.
A 6-yard run by Tullis with 10:35 on the fourth quarter clock capped a 61-yard drive for the Bulldogs. Howle’s kick made it 26-all.
“”Jake Howle kicked well at extra points. … He tied it up at 19, tied it up at 26 then hit the one that put us at 33,” Young said. After tying the game at 26-all, Ranburne punted twice and had the ball again when the fourth quarter ended.
Dylan Wiggins was 10-for-19 passing for 138 yards and gained 26 yards rushing. Tullis ran 18 times for 76 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards.
Caldwell ran three times for 14 yards and Brady Whittle picked up 11 yards on two tries. Kyle Lovvorn had three receptions for 25 yards. Wilson finished with two catches for 39 yards. Adam Shepherd’s two catches gained 35 yards.
Lovvorn and Cole Yearta each added seven tackles to the defensive effort. Yearta had the only fumble recovery for the Bulldogs. Caldwell made six stops. Whittle and Tyler Connell had five tackles apiece. Austin Jordan had two quarterback sacks and one additional tackle. Wilson and Zach Patterson also made three stops each. Dylan Tullis, Donovan Tullis and Logan Otwell each made two tackles.
Now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in region games, Ranburne travels to Ohatchee Friday for its second region contest. The Indians are 0-2 and will be looking to upset the Bulldogs.
“We’re a lot alike, just try to play fundamentally sound ball,” Young said of the two teams.