Reddies Fall To The School Across The Street The Reddie’s season ends with a whimper instead of a bang

Reddies Fall To The School Across The Street The Reddie's season ends with a whimper instead of a bang

By Cortez Akins, Sports Editor

In the 92 edition
of the Battle of the
Ravine, the two
teams came into the
match up trending in
different directions.
The Ouachita Baptist
Tigers came into the
game ranked number
four in the country
and an unblemished
record at 10-0. The
Tigers also had the
Great American
locked up. The
Reddies on the other
hand, came into the
matchup with a 5-5
record and looking
to avoid their first
losing record since
2009. This rivalry
began in 1895 on
Thanksgiving Day
and every year the
visiting team walks
across the street to
play their opponent.
It is called the
“Shortest Road Trip
in College Football
and 42 out of 91
games have been
decided by seven
points or less. In
last year’s meeting
a Ouachita player
set a GAC record
for touchdowns in
a game with seven.
The Reddies lost last
year’s event, 49-42.
The Tigers
began the first half
seemingly scoring
at will, they scored
24 points in the
first half while the
Reddies scored just
7. In the second
half the Reddies
possessed the ball
for 13 of 15 minutes
but only managed
to score 3 points.
Ouachita would
score 14 points in the
fourth quarter to seal
the game and their
undefeated season.
Not only was
this the Battle of the
Ravine, it was also
a game in which the
seniors were honored
because it was their
last one. Senior, Ben
Johnson had 112
yards receiving and
one touchdown in
his final game in
a Reddie uniform,
while senior Loren
Johnstun had the
only sack for the
Reddies. This
loss would end
the season for the
Reddies and tie the
series record against
the two programs at
The Reddies
finished the season at
5-6 and tied for sixth
in the conference.
What the Reddies
lose in senior
leadership, they
gain in experience
with losing just
four players on the
offensive side of the
ball and five on the
defensive side. The
season may not have
turned out how the
Reddies wanted but
with the players
coming back on both
sides of the ball, next
season could be a
special one.