Summer football work ended for the Ranburne Bulldogs Tuesday evening on a high note. After the Bulldogs completed their two days of maximum weight lifts, head football coach Stephen Bailey created a slip-and-slide on the hill leading to the practice field and rounded up watermelons for everybody. It was a reward for what Bailey called “a really, really good summer.”
Another highlight came at Piedmont on Saturday in Piedmont’s tenth annual 7-on-7 tournament. Ranburne won its pool then in the single-elimination championship bracket defeated Class 6A Southside of Gadsden 13-12 in the first round and defending Class 4A state champion Handley 19-12 in the quarterfinal round. In the semifinals, the Bulldogs lost to eventual tournament winner St. Clair County 19-13.
Bailey said while he might not have expected the wins over larger schools, the effort the Bulldogs displayed in gaining those wins was no surprise.
“I thought from snap one we competed really hard. That’s what I’ve been looking for all summer and they’ve been giving it to me all summer to tell you the truth,” Bailey said. “It was just a continuation of what’s been going on everywhere we’ve gone. Regardless of execution, regardless of successful plays or unsuccessful plays, we’ve been competing hard every single snap.”
Bailey stayed for the pool play games then left to coordinate Ranburne’s annual fundraiser at Foxwoods outside of Tallapoosa (Ga.). He said the text messages he received about his team’s progress in their bracket…
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