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Randleman routs Nash to advance

Kaitlyn Mullins

Football season continued in Randleman on Friday as the Tigers hosted the Nash Central Bulldogs in the second round of the 2A NCHSAA State Playoffs. Randleman defeated Roanoke Rapids last week in the first round to advance to their meeting with the Bulldogs. Randleman entered Friday’s game 10-1 on the season.

Nash Central received the ball to start the game, but they were not prepared for the smothering Tigers defense. Dominick Poole and Nick Holder were locked in as they made a big tackle for a loss on the Bulldogs’ first play of the night. Randleman’s defense would not let the Bulldogs go anywhere and forced them to punt the ball away on fourth down. With the ball on Nash’s 23-yard line, the Tigers went to work. It took just plays for the Tigers to make it into the end zone. Quarterback Tanner McGee found Iszyah Ferree for a 12-yard pick up and then handed the ball off to Jaquan Snipes would made the 7-yard run in for the touchdown. Clayton Gentry tacked on the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs continued to struggle against the Tigers defense and were once again forced to punt the ball away on fourth down. Umar Abdul Matin returned the punt to the Nash 29-yard line as the Tigers went back to work. Randleman did not get very far as they fumbled the ball on second down and allowed the Bulldogs to recover. Nash could not capitalize on the fumble recovery and eventually punted on fourth down. Randleman would turn the ball over on their next possession, but would be in control as the first quarter ended. Randleman led 7-0.

Randleman was methodical as they moved the ball down the field and found themselves in the end zone for the second time. McGee found Trey Ross for a 16-yard pick up a few plays before Snipes scored on a 13-yard run. The extra point by Gentry was good as the Tigers took a 14-0 lead. Randleman’s defense was solid all night long as they once again forced the Bulldogs to punt on fourth down. On their first play of the next drive, Randleman’s McGee picked up a first down on a 13-yard run. A few plays later, Imanol Hernandez took the handoff and made the 6-yard run into the end zone for the Tigers’ third touchdown of the night. The extra point was no good as the Tigers led 20-0.

Nash Central found some room on the first play of their next drive as they picked up 34-yards on a pass play, but the Bulldogs would be forced to punt on fourth down moments later. The Tigers moved the ball quickly down the field and after a 20-yard run from McGee for a first down, McGee connected with Snipes for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Randleman tried for the two-point conversion, but were stopped short of the goal line. The clock would expire on the half with the Tigers leading 26-0.

The Tigers continued to roll against the Bulldogs as they received the ball to start the second half of play. McGee picked up 48-yards after scrambling out of the pocket and then found Ross for an 8-yard pick up to put the Tigers in scoring territory. After connecting with Snipes for a short gain, McGee found Jake Johnson in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Gentry’s extra point attempt was good as the Tigers took a 33-0 lead over Nash Central. Randleman’s defense continued to play strong as they once again forced the Bulldogs to punt on fourth down. The Tigers took over and soon found themselves in scoring territory. Randleman was unable to punch one in for six, but Gentry did nail a 29-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 36-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs answered quickly as they needed just two plays to score their first touchdown of the night. They picked up 22-yards on a carry and then made a 43-yard pass for the touchdown. Their extra point attempt was good as they cut the lead to 36-7. Randleman could not get much going on their next possession as they were forced to punt on fourth and five. McGee would be leveled on the punt and a personal foul was given to the Bulldogs. Randleman picked up an automatic first down and put the ball in the end zone moments later. McGee picked up 20-yards on the carry before Snipes made the t3-yard run into the end zone. Gentry’s extra point attempt was good as the Tigers led 43-7. The Bulldogs would fumble on their first play of their next drive and allowed the Tigers to recover just before the end of the quarter. After three quarters of play, the Randleman Tigers led 43-7.

Randleman could not get by the Bulldogs’ defense and were eventually forced to punt the ball on fourth down. The Bulldogs would take over, but would throw an interception to Tyson Greene. Greene returned the interception six yards, but the Tigers would be forced to punt on fourth and sixteen moments later. Nash Central would capitalize and score their second touchdown of the night. They tried for the two-point conversion, but it was no good as they trailed the Tigers 43-13. Greene would get the call for the Tigers on their next drive as he picked up 47-yards on his way into the end zone for the Tigers’ seventh touchdown of the night. Gentry’s extra point attempt was good, giving the Tigers a 50-13 advantage.

Nash Central continued to have hard time with the Randleman defense as Abdul Matin picked off the Bulldogs and returned the interception 67 yards in for the touchdown. After the extra point attempt from Gentry, Randleman led 57-13. The Bulldogs would respond with just over two minutes remaining in the game as they scored their third touchdown of the night. Their extra point attempt was not good as they trailed 57-19. Randleman would allow the clock to run out as they defeated the Nash Central Bulldogs 57-19 to advance to the third round of the state playoffs.

The Tigers will travel to East Duplin next Friday as they take on the number one seeded Panthers.

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