The Ringling Blue Devils amassed 525 rushing yards on 71 carries but had to score two late touchdowns to overcome a solid passing game by Mangum’s Colton Laughlin and defeat the Tigers 46-38 Thursday night in Mangum.

The Ringling Blue Devils amassed 525 rushing yards on 71 carries but had to score two late touchdowns to overcome a solid passing game by Mangum’s Colton Laughlin and defeat the Tigers 46-38 Thursday night in Mangum.  

Ringling’s DeWyatt Cox had a huge night with 31 carries for 260 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Devil running attack. 

Rhett Longest had 162 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.

Laughlin was 15-32-0 for 265 yards and five Tiger touchdowns. 

Mangum had one score on a kick-off return.

“Our defensive line did a good job of shutting down their running game, but it created some tough situations for our defensive backs,” Ringling assistant coach Ben Justus said. 

“Their (Mangum) quarterback is very talented. Their offensive line did a good job protecting him, and we didn’t get too much pressure on him until later in the game.”

“By that time I believe their linemen were getting a little tired,” Justus added. 

“We don’t play many people two ways on the line. So we were fresher in the fourth quarter. But early on their quarterback had a great game. He could throw the ball with accuracy, and he could throw it a long way. They were very up-tempo on offense.”    

The Blue Devils improved to 6-1 overall, 3-1 in District A-3.

Mangum fell to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in District A-2.

The Tigers scored first on a 23-yard scoring pass from Laughlin to Brett Perry a minute into the game. 

Cox scored on a 7-yard run at the 8:05 mark to finish a Blue Devil drive and knot the game at 6-all after the first quarter.

Longest scored on a 4-yard run early in the second to give Ringling a 12-6 lead. 

But Laughlin hit Jalen Warner with a 22-yard touchdown to tie things at 12-all with four minutes left before halftime. A 34-yard scoring run by Cox with 2:51 left in the half had the Blue Devils up 18-12. 

But the ensuing kickoff was returned all the way 83 yards by Perry. The PAT gave the Tigers a 20-18 lead at intermission.

“I thought our offensive line did a great job of blocking throughout the game,” Justus said. “Our running backs did well hitting the holes and then making the corners and safeties miss tackles to gain extra yardage.” 

“We had some long drives and had some explosive plays to keep our offense moving,” Justus added. 

“With the skill of their passing game we had to keep our running game going and eliminate mistakes. Mangum had such a good passing game, and they were able to score quickly. Those last two touchdowns were huge for us.”

A 14-yard run by Longest gave Ringling a brief 26-20 lead with 6:24 left in the third. 

But a 53-yard scoring toss from Laughlin to Henry Lopez tied the game at 26-all 90 seconds later. 

With two minutes remaining in the third Sam Van Buskirk scored on a 1-yard sneak to put the Blue Devils back ahead 32-26 heading to the final 12 minutes.

Mangum took the lead through a 39-yard touchdown pass from Laughlin to Lopez and a 48-yard bomb from Laughlin to Boothe put the Tigers up 38-32 with just under seven minutes remaining in the fourth.

But at that point the Ringling defense rose up and held Mangum scoreless the rest of the way.

Cox scored on a 38-yard scamper, and with the accompanying PAT kick, gave the Blue Devils a 39-38 lead. 

With 1:07 remaining Cox ran it in from five yards out for a Ringling insurance touchdown and a 46-38 lead.

The Blue Devils were scheduled for a game against Velma-Alma this week, but V-A has since forfeited the remaining games of its season.

The Blue Devils will finish the regular season at Rush Springs on November 3. 

Ringling has already wrapped up the District A-3 championship and is scheduled to host at least two playoff games at Rick Gandy Field.