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Game of the Week: Asheboro vs Southwestern Randolph

With just two weeks left in the regular season, teams are looking to make one final push in hopes of earning a spot in the state tournament. Not everyone can make it into the tournament and those teams that do not are looking to end their season with a win. This week’s “Game of the Week” features two county rivals that always put on a show. On Friday, the Asheboro Blue Comets will host cross-town rival the Southwestern Randolph Cougars.

Asheboro will enter Friday’s game 0-5 in MPC play and 1-9 overall, while the Cougars come in at 1-3 in MPC play and 4-5 overall on the season. Not only are these two county rivals, but they are also conference rivals and both teams need this win. Since 2004, the Blue Comets hold a 13-0 advantage in the series against the Cougars including a 49-0 win last season.

The Blue Comets have struggled this season, but it is not because their lack of effort. Three of their nine losses have come by three points or less. Asheboro has the ability to pull off a win against the Cougars, but they will need to be firing on all cylinders into order to do so. The Blue Comets will need running back James Collins to have a big game on Friday and find holes in the Southwestern Randolph defense. If Collins can get the running game going for the Blue Comets, then quarterback Corey Durrant should have no problem making plays through the air. Durrant will have a few receivers to choose from and any one of them can get up the field in a hurry. Defensively, Asheboro will need seniors Alec Shoenberger, Austin Curry, Preston King, and Garrett Foland to have strong performances. The defensive line will need to find a way to stop a strong Cougar running game.

Southwestern Randolph will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their second conference win of the season. The Cougars have been able to score to in a variety of ways and that could be beneficial for them on Friday. Their offense will run through senior quarterback Brayden Jones, who has been making very good decisions with the ball this season. He will have a host of receivers to throw to including Tanner Ferguson, Will Moss, Ben Mull, and Luke Hinshaw. All four receivers can pick up extra yards after the pass to help move the ball down the field. Braxton Davis and Paxton Staker will be dual threats for the Cougars as they can play both offense and defense. Both Davis and Staker can catch passes on offense to pick up big yards and they can also make the big defensive play. Tyler Hoover and Dylan Underwood will control the running game for the Cougars and if they can find holes in the defense then the Blue Comets need to watch out. The defense will be in the hands of Staker, Davis, and Brighton Long.

Both teams will need strong performances to defeat the other. Asheboro will need to forget about the rest of the season and focus on the Cougars. They need to play their game and play it well. Southwestern Randolph cannot overlook the Blue Comets and will need to find ways to stop the Blue Comets’ offense.

Could the Blue Comets pick up their first conference win of the season? Or will this be the year the Cougars end their losing streak against Asheboro? Come out Friday to find out!

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