Valley Head’s comeback falls short against Ragland

Eian Bain (6) looks for an opening during Valley Head’s loss against Ragland on Friday night.

Eian Bain rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns to help the Valley Head Tigers rally from a scoreless first half, but the comeback attempt fell short in a 28-20 loss to the Ragland Purple Devils in a Class 1A state playoff opener Friday night.

The Tigers (5-6) trailed 22-0 at halftime in Valley Head, but Bain broke free for a 45-yard scoring run and completed a 2-point conversion pass to Ashton Brown to cut the deficit to 22-8 with 4:30 to play in the third quarter.

A minute later, Bain scored on a 3-yard run, but an attempted extra-point kick by Noah Hulgan was no good.

The Purple Devils (9-2) scored on a 4-yard run to extend the lead to 28-14 with 2:21 remaining in the quarter.

With 3:26 left in regulation, Bain rushed 48 yards for a touchdown and his 2-point conversion run attempt failed.

Ragland, a No. 3 seed from Region 5, advanced to play the winner of the Decatur Heritage/Marion County game in next week’s second round of the state postseason.

Valley Head, a No. 2 seed from Region 7, closed its season under the leadership of first-year head coach Charles Hammon.

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