After stumbling in the first week of the season, the No. 9 Ringling Blue Devils have caught fire the last five weeks.
After stumbling in the first week of the season, the No. 9 Ringling Blue Devils have caught fire the last five weeks. The Blue Devils defense has surrendered a total of 13 points its last five games, with the last four being shutouts. As a result, the Blue Devils currently own the top spot in district A-4 at 3-0 in the district and 5-1 overall with 45 district points. Tonight at 7 p.m. at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium in Ringling, the Blue Devils will be looking to punch their ticket to the postseason as they take on the Rush Springs Redskins. A victory will secure a playoff spot for the Blue Devils with two games remaining, but head coach Phil Koons isn’t thinking about that, especially considering how Rush Springs did last week against Apache. "Rush Springs is 4-3 now after beating a good Apache team,” Koons said. “Their three losses were to Dibble, Minco and Elmore City, and those are all pretty solid teams. With a win against Apache they’re going to be playing with greater confidence going into our game.” “They (Rush Springs) spread the field on offense and use that formation to set up their run game,” Koons added. “They have a good quarterback who moves well and he is able to get outside the pocket and throw down field pretty good. Plus they have two pretty good running backs that will demand our attention. We anticipate a strong running game against them, and we will need to be disciplined and wrap up well on defense." The Redskins were able to inject some life into their playoff quest last week by winning at home against Apache by a score of 35-23. Ringling meanwhile was able to cruise to a comfortable 28-0 victory at home against Dibble. Last year when these two teams met at Rush Springs, it was Ringling winning by a score of 41-6. The last time Rush Springs came to Ringling in 2016, the Blue Devils managed to win a low-scoring 12-6 contest.