During the course of a long regular season, to be able to record just one shutout is an accomplishment for some teams.
During the course of a long regular season, to be able to record just one shutout is an accomplishment for some teams. When entering the playoffs, being able to record a shutout takes on a little more significance. For the Ringling Blue Devils, their significance was shown in more ways than one Friday night. Ringling managed to record its eighth consecutive shutout Friday night at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium, as the Blue Devils rolled past Watonga 36-0 in the opening round of the Class A playoffs. Next up for Ringling (9-1) is a second round matchup against the Frederick Bombers at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium. Ringling got on the board in the first quarter at the 6:24 mark thanks to Kash Lyle’s 14 yard touchdown run, which gave the Blue Devils an 8-0 lead after Ethan Johnson ran in the two-point conversion. With less than two minutes to go in the first, Sam Vanbuskirk pushed his way into the end zone from four yards out to make it 15-0 after the extra point from Logan Duhon. Just before halftime, Lyle got his second touchdown of the night when he got in from one yard out to make it 22-0 after the extra point from Duhon. In the third quarter it was all about Ethan Johnson as he registered a pair of touchdowns from one and 26 yards out to finish off the scoring along with a pair of extra points from Duhon. Lyle finished the game with 23 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns, while Johnson had 11 carries for 67 yards with a pair of touchdowns.