Peyton Williams’ big night propels Ringgold past LaFayette

Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / Ringgold football coach Robert Akins' team opened its GHSA Region 6-AAA schedule with a win at LaFayette on Friday night.

Ringgold came into Friday's GHSA Region 6-AAA football opener at LaFayette expecting to face a team intent on using its stable of running backs to try and pound the Tigers into submission.

What the visitors found, though, was a team more than willing to throw the ball early and often. Ringgold, after some early struggles stopping LaFayette's newfound air attack, used a big night from Peyton Williams and three interceptions to escape with a 41-24 win.

It's the first win for Ringgold (3-1, 1-0) in LaFayette since 2006.

Williams, who had just one carry a week ago as he spent most of the game at receiver, was a dual threat Friday, rushing 17 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns while also catching four balls for 80 yards. His 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter came one play after the Ramblers (1-3, 0-1) scored to cut the lead to 28-21.