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It took a late defensive stand on a bizarre final drive, but the Ringgold Tigers made more history Friday night.

The Tigers, coming off their most lopsided win (78-0 over Murray County), won for the first time in program history at Adairsville, 24-19, to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in GHSA Region 6-AAA. Quarterback Mason Parker had 124 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and Kori Dumas added 113 yards and a score on the ground, but it was the final three minutes that had coach Robert Akins shaking his head afterward.

Ringgold's Dre Morris pinned Adairsville (4-1, 2-1) at its 3-yard line with a punt up by five late, but Adairsville quarterback Jonathan Gough quickly hit Evan Sanders with a 37-yard pass. Three plays later, Ringgold's Brandon Orman was called for a personal foul, moving the ball to the Ringgold 29. Orman, though, got his own retaliation with a pair of sacks, pushing Adairsville into fourth-and-15. Gough's pass was broken up by Malachi Hill in the end zone as the visitors celebrated.

Ringgold never trailed, taking the initial lead on Parker's 35-yard touchdown pass to Hill four minutes into the game. After Gough hit Grayson Belcher with an 18-yard pass to tie it, Dumas broke off a 42-yard touchdown run and Parker connected with Jordan Wideman on a 31-yard touchdown pass just before halftime for a 21-6 lead.

Wideman had five catches for 58 yards, with Payton Williams adding 54 rushing yards and Kyle White nine tackles for Ringgold.

"It feels good," Akins said when asked about the 6-0 start. "The kids are excited and we all know we can play better, and with the people we have over the final few weeks we need to."

(READ MORE: Final scores and photos from Friday night's Chattanooga-area high school football games)

Rockmart 34, North Murray 13: The Yellow Jackets (4-1, 3-0 Region 6-AAA) used a pair of J.D. Davis touchdowns, one run and one pass, and two Keyshaun McCollough touchdown runs to remain unbeaten in the region. The Mountaineers (3-2, 2-2) scored first after recovering a Rockmart fumble, but they had to settle for an Owen Hannah field goal. The Jackets scored the next 14 points, including Davis' 9-yard run, to take the lead for good.

Heritage 57, Ridgeland 28: The Generals (2-1) won their Region 7-AAAA opener by building a 44-6 halftime lead. Four Ridgeland fumbles led to Heritage touchdowns in the opening two quarters, with quarterback Kaden Swope scoring on runs of 3, 10 and 30 yards and passing 10 yards to J.D. Black. Paxton McCrary had a pair of touchdown runs for Heritage.

Rome 49, Dalton 6: Bryson Hill ran for four touchdowns and Reese Fountain was 20-for-28 passing for 258 yards and a score while adding a touchdown run for the Wolves. Journey Boston scored Dalton's touchdown on a 70-yard catch.

Bowdon 38, Gordon Lee 15: Robert McNeal was 11-for-13 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns while adding 71 rushing and two more scores for the Red Devils (4-1, 2-0 Region 6-A public). Holt Roberts rushed for 110 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown, and Conner Whitman connected with Zane Blaylock on a 21-yard touchdown pass for the Trojans (3-2, 0-1).

Northwest Whitfield 33, Central-Carroll 27: The Bruins (3-2) held off a late Central rally to win the Region 7-AAAA opener for both teams. Northwest led 33-14 on Owen Brooker's 3-yard run late in the third quarter before the Lions scored on runs by Devion Powell and Cameron Bolton to get within six with 6:51 left. The Bruins, however, kept possession the rest of the way to seal the win. Brooker earlier had a 51-yard touchdown pass to Ray Morrison, who earlier scored on a 2-yard run.

Christian Heritage 41, Lakeway Christian Academy 0: The Lions (2-4) broke a two-game losing streak with the nonregion win as senior Solomon Locke had touchdown runs of 65, 35 and 1 yards and Eli Thomason scored on a 70-yard run and a 50-yard pass from Christian Thomas. Ashton Blackwell started the scoring with an 85-yard kickoff return, more than enough for a Christian Heritage defense that created four turnovers.

Coahulla Creek 28, Murray County 22: The Colts (4-2, 2-2 Region 6-AAA) rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit on the road. Murray County used an 80-yard pass from Justice Knotts to Tayler Carrell to set up Caleb Peden's 1-yard run and later scored on a Carrell 53-yard run and Carson Weaver's 4-yard catch on a pass from Knotts just before halftime for a 22-7 lead. Coahulla Creek's Tyler Locklear scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half, the second tying the game at 22 before quarterback Kace Kinnamon's 19-yard run provided the winning score with just less than five minutes left.

Sonoraville 47, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 12: The Phoenix (3-2, 1-2 Region 6-AAA) raced out to a 37-6 halftime lead and cruised. Jaxon Pate had three touchdown passes, two to Jadon Thomason, and Wyatt Springfield scored on a 70-yard kickoff return and a 7-yard run.

Trion 49, Southeast Whitfield 0: Rob Brown 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (5-1) won the nonregion game. Linkin Farrar and Logan Eller also scored touchdowns, and freshman Kade Smith had 135 passing yards and a touchdown for Trion, which built a 35-0 halftime lead.

Calhoun 63, Hiram 17: Gage Leonard had 131 yards and three touchdown runs to pace the Yellow Jackets (5-1) in their Region 7-AAAAA opener. Caden Williams added two touchdown runs and 94 yards, and Cole Speer had a kickoff return and a punt return for touchdown. Christian Lewis had 262 yards passing, including an 80-yard score to Payton Law.

Chattooga 47, Gordon Central 15: Nic Hester scored three touchdowns, with Rowan Burdick and Lashaun Lester adding a pair of scores each to lead the Indians (3-2, 2-0 Region 7-AA) to victory.

Dade County 26, South Pittsburg 21: In the first meeting between the teams, the Wolverines scored late in the second quarter to take the lead against their visitors from Tennessee and never gave it up. The Pirates scored with 3:48 remaining to pull within five, but Dade County was able to sustain a drive to run out the clock.

Cayden Cooper ran for 133 yards and a score for the Wolverines, and Brody Cooper threw for 167 and a score to help Dade collect 344 total yards, 30 more than the visitors. Jayden Mount ran for two touchdowns for the Pirates, including one that covered 59 yards.

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @youngsports22.

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