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Game of the Week: Eastern Randolph vs Trinity

It’s the final week of the football regular season and teams have one last shot at making a statement in hopes of getting a spot in the state playoffs next week. For some, this will be the last game of the season, while will live to fight another week. This week’s “Game of the Week” will see the Eastern Randolph Wildcats take on the Trinity Bulldogs.

Eastern Randolph enters Friday’s game 2-3 in PAC-7 play and 3-7 overall, while the Bulldogs are 2-3 in conference play and 5-5 overall on the season. The Wildcats are coming off a big loss at Randleman, while Trinity picked up a huge win over the High Point Red Raiders at home. Since 2004, these two teams have met a total of 11 times and the Wildcats hold an 11-0 advantage over the Bulldogs. Last season, Eastern Randolph defeated the Bulldogs 32-13.

The Wildcats will rely on quarterback Kody Wilder to make smart decisions on the field and lead them to victory. Wilder can make the big pass play or hang on to the ball and pick up a couple of yards. His strength on the field is through the air and he will have receivers on the field who can go up and get the ball. Tyrese Cassidy, Eric Kidd, and Stephan Jones have been key targets for Wilder all season and they will need to be on top of their game come Friday. Eastern Randolph also relies heavily on their running game to put points on the board and they have several running backs with some quick feet. Zion Warner, Tavis McAdoo, Andre King, and Preston Gladden are just a few of the Wildcats who take the hand off and get up the field quickly.

Trinity will look to quarterback Nathan Davis to lead them to victory over the Wildcats. Davis tends to stay in the pocket is not as much of dual threat quarterback as Wilder, but Davis has a strong arm and that has helped the Bulldogs put some points on the board this season. Tyler Hammonds, Thunder Levy, Tay Little, and Cole McCrary can go up and catch a pass from Davis, while picking up a few extra yards in the process. Tight end Connor Stanley can also go up and pull down passes from Davis. Gage Taylor will lead the running game for the Bulldogs and if he finds an opening he will pick up several yards. Trinity will be riding the momentum from their shutout win over the High Point Andrews Red Raiders last week and that could make things interesting against the Wildcats.

This should be a pretty evenly matched game between these two and it would not be surprising if it all game down to defense and special teams. Patrick Lennon and David Needham will lead the defense for the Wildcats and both of them can be explosive off the line. Trinity’s defense will start with senior Hunter Mosley and Thunder Levy. Both have made big defensive plays all season. ER’s Gonzalo Mendes and Trinity’s Caleb Parrish will their teams’ respective special teams as kickers. This one could come down to a field goal, so both will need to be ready.

Can Trinity snap their losing streak against the Wildcats or will Eastern Randolph add to their streak? Find out Friday!

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