MyRandolphSports.com

Randleman rolls into second round

Stephanie King

The 2017 NCHSAA 2A state football playoffs kicked off on Friday as the fourth seeded Randleman Tigers hosted the thirteenth seeded Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets. Randleman entered Friday’s match-up sporting a 9-1 record for the season.

Roanoke Rapids won the coin toss, but elected to defer until the second half. Randleman got things started as Trey Ross returned the kickoff to the Tigers own 44-yard line. A run from Jaquan Snipes gave the Tigers their first first down of the night. They would pick up a second as Tanner McGee connected with Tyson Green for a 13-yard pick up through the air. Snipes picked a few more yards on the next play and the Tigers would gain yardage after a penalty against the Yellow Jackets. Randleman continued to move the ball down the field until they had it on the 1-yard line. McGee would use the quarterback sneak to pick up the first touchdown of the night. Clayton Gentry tacked on the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The Yellow Jackets took over after the kickoff, but could not get much going as they were forced to punt the ball away on fourth down. Randleman went back to work on their own 28-yard line. Snipes got the ball moving on the first play as he picked up 23-yards on a carry. He also surpassed the 1,000-rushing yard mark on the season with the run. McGee found Ross for a 22-yard pass that put the Tigers into Yellow Jackets’ territory. The Tigers picked up a few more yards before Snipes made a 13-yard run into the end zone to add to Randleman’s lead. The extra point from Gentry made it a 14-0 lead. Roanoke Rapids took over on their own 20-yard line and went to work moving the ball down the field. They got across midfield before Gentry intercepted a pass near the end zone. Randleman took over, but could not find their way out and were forced the punt on fourth down. At the end of the first quarter, Randleman led 14-0.

Roanoke Rapids had the ball at the start of the second quarter, but fumbled soon into their drive. Randleman’s Nick Holder came up with the ball to give control back to the Tigers. McGee found Ross for a 12-yard gain before Snipes picked up 8 yards on a carry. The Tigers would be forced to punt on fourth and sixteen moments later. The Yellow Jackets took over and soon found themselves in the end zone for their first touchdown of the night. Randleman went back to work after the kickoff, but fumbles just two plays in. The Yellow Jackets recovered, but ended up turning the ball over on downs. The Tigers would turn the ball over on downs as well just before halftime. At the half, Randleman led 14-7.

The turnover woes continued for both teams at the start of the third quarter. Roanoke Rapids turned the ball over on downs just before Randleman fumbled the ball on their second play of the drive. The Yellow Jackets recovered only to be forced to punt the ball on fourth down. Randleman took over and worked their way down the field as McGee connected with Green for a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers in front 20-7. The snap on the extra point attempt was high and Timmy York had to put the ball in the air. He found Ross to complete the two-point conversion and give Randleman a 22-7 lead. On the ensuing the kickoff, Roanoke Rapids fumbled the ball after a big hit by Holder and allowed the Tigers’ Nate Green to recover the ball. McGee connected with Ross on the second play of the drive for a 52-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good by Gentry as the Tigers took a 29-7 lead. Roanoke Rapids would have the ball as the third quarter ended with the Tigers on top 29-7.

The Yellow Jackets would be forced to punt the ball away early in the fourth quarter. Umar Abdul matin returned the punt back into Yellow Jackets territory to give the Tigers good field position. After a couple of plays, McGee found Ross on third and five for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Gentry tacked on the extra point to give the Tigers a 36-7 lead.  Roanoke Rapids continued to struggle move the ball down the field and once again turned the ball over on downs. Randleman went back to work as Snipes put the exclamation point on the win with a 67-yard touchdown run. The extra point from Gentry put the Tigers in front 43-7. The Yellow Jackets could not get anything going on their next drive and ended up turning the ball over on downs. Randleman would take over and kneed the ball to let the clock run out. The Tigers won 43-7 and will advance to the second round of the state playoffs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *