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2012 Ringling Blue Devils writing history in semi-final run

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RINGLING, OK -- The Ringling Blue Devils' dream season continues after a remarkable comeback last Friday making it to the state semi-finals for the first time in almost a decade.

The 2012 team is already one to remember, and as the book continues to be written so to speak, they're ready to add another chapter.

Red Devils versus Blue Devils Saturday afternoon in Enid. Texhoma's got a kid more like the Tasmanian Devil who's third in the state in rushing. Stopping him is the key to victory.

"Their main goal is to try to confuse people. They run 20-something different formations and I think that's where they try to catch people," said senior defensive lineman and fullback Allen Patrick.

Good news for Ringling, they get an extra day to prepare for the quick and tricky but not necessarily big Texhoma squad. After all, practice makes perfect.

"Whether we win or lose will be determined by what we do. And it's what we do out here on the practice field and we typically play exactly like we practice. The weeks that we have a great week of practice, our kids play great," said head coach Tracy Gandy.

It must have been a great week of practice leading up to last Friday when the "Ringling Rally" made it's way to Wayne bringing them back from down 19 with just less than 15 minutes in the game to dethrone the defending state champs.

Now they're back in the classes' final four for the first time since 2003.

"We've missed it, and it's kind of like it's brand new all over again. And the people are excited, the kids are pumped up. They've heard stories and the great thing now is they're writing their own story," added Gandy.

Three gold balls decorate the Blue Devil trophy case, the latest coming the last time they made it this far.

But let's not get carried away, no need to jinx it.

"Honestly, we haven't thought about state too much. We kind of take it game by game, and we're focused on this week. We'll worry about that later," Patrick concluded.

The team, school and town are all riding the wave, and the story that's already been written is already jotted down in local lore.

"It's great for the community, this is great for our school, and just our entire community around here that it gives us all something to rally behind," Gandy finished.

Ringling and Texhoma will kick from Enid at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.