Randleman Pulls Off Thrilling Win Over NAMSPosted on September on 19, 2012 @ 23:27:00 by Matt Smith
Randleman High School
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The Comets of North Asheboro headed just up the road to take on the Randleman Tigers. These evenly matched teams are very different in their offensive strategy. North Asheboro has a smash mouth offense that pounds the ball up the middle with running backs that are tough to bring down. Randleman’s offense spreads the field and passes the ball around and mixes in some great run plays.
The first big play of the game came when Marlin McCorey came up with a fumble recovery and returned it for a touchdown to give the Comets a 6-0 lead with 2:14 remaining in the 1st quarter.
The Tigers were able to put points on the board early in the 2nd quarter when Cole Wyse was able to find a hole and cap off the drive with a run up the middle. Randleman converted the 2-point conversion on a pass from Bailey Welch to Gunnar Gantt to take an 8-6 advantage.
North Asheboro was putting together another strong drive, but fumbled the ball away to Austin Stone of Randleman. The Tigers moved the ball down the field and with a pass from Welch to Zach Bailey and a 20 yard run by Wyse to get the ball to the 10 yard line. Welch then connected with Lineberry for a 10 yard touchdown pass, but a holding call moved them back and took the points off the board. The Tigers took another shot at the end zone on 3rd down, and the pass was intercepted by the Comets with 49 seconds left in the half.
The Comets opened the second half with a clock-eating drive capped off by a touchdown run out of the wildcat formation by McCorey to give North Asheboro a 12-8 lead with 1:00 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Comet defense then forced the Randleman offense to turn the ball over on downs on the Randleman 35 with 6:30 minutes left in the game. It appeared that NAMS had taken control of the game and had all of the momentum. The Comets moved the ball with a mixture of runs by McCorey Braxton Jones and made it down to the 5 yard line.
The turning point of the game came on 4th down when Randleman’s defense had their backs against the wall on their own 2 yard line. The Tiger defense rose to the occasion and stopped NAMS on 4th down and gave their offense a chance to win the game with 2:45 left.
The Tiger offense was challenged with taking the ball 97 yards against a stingy defense in 2:45 seconds with no timeouts remaining. Quarterback Bailey Welch took control of the game and moved the ball through the air and eventually gave Randleman the lead when he found Lineberry in the end zone with 40 seconds to spare.
North Asheboro was stunned they had given up the lead, but they showed their heart and will to win. Marlin McCorey broke a 45 yard run to get just inside the 10 yard line with 15 seconds remaining. The Comets ran the ball two more times, but they were stopped as time ran off the clock. NAMS played a great game, and they were disappointed that they were unable to come away with a victory.
The Tigers celebrated an exciting 16-12 victory, improving their record to 3-0. Randleman Head Coach Kevin Six was proud of his guys for continuing to fight. “They worked so hard. We pushed them and pushed them, and the hard work paid off.”
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