Tigers finish season undefeated

An undefeated regular season. It is a goal that all teams dream about and it takes a lot to attain that goal. It takes poise, leadership, cohesiveness, teamwork, and hard work to go undefeated during the regular season. The Randleman Tigers have all of those things and it showed throughout the season as they put together an incredible run on their way to an undefeated regular season. Randleman closed out the regular season with a 21-0 win over the Orange Panthers in conference action on Friday. Randleman entered the game 10-0 on the season and by the end of the night, they improved to 11-0.

Randleman kicked off to Orange to start the game and let their defense set the tone for the game. Orange moved the ball well to start before getting stuck on the Tigers’ 46-yard line. The Panthers would turn the ball over on downs and the Tigers took over with great field position. The Tigers inched the ball down the field before Jaquan Snipes exploded for a 17-yard first down run to put the ball on the Panthers’ 26-yard line. Randleman got the ball inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line and it would not be long before Snipes carried the ball nine-yards into the end zone. Clayton Gentry came on for the extra point attempt and nailed it to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with about four minutes left in the first quarter. Orange took over after the ensuing kickoff but struggled to move the ball. Elijah Patterson picked up a sack for the Tigers on defense before Nate Green recovered a fumble for the Tigers. Randleman took over and after recovering their own fumble, Timmy York found Nick Neal for a 25-yard first down. The Tigers would close out the first quarter with the ball in Panther territory. After one quarter of play, Randleman led 7-0.

The Tigers wasted no time getting the ball in the end zone as York found Robbie Rich for a nine-yard touchdown just five seconds into the quarter. Gentry made the extra point attempt to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead. Green continued to have a strong defensive performance for the Tigers as he picked up a tackle for a loss against Orange. With about nine minutes left in the quarter, Gentry picked off a pass by the Panthers for an interception. The Tigers could not move the ball and were forced to punt the ball on fourth down. Orange took over and moved the ball to the Tigers’ 34-yard line. The Panthers went through the air for a chance at a touchdown, but Kevin Cruz intercepted the ball with about five minutes left in the quarter. The Tigers got the ball into Panther territory before being forced to punt the ball on fourth down with about two minutes left in the second quarter. Randleman’s defense kept Orange out of the end zone for the rest of the quarter and took possession of the ball after an interception by Green. The Tigers closed out the quarter on second down. At halftime, Randleman led 14-0.

Randleman received the ball to start the third quarter and marched the ball down the field into scoring territory. The Panthers’ defense stepped up and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs after a sack on fourth down. Orange took over on their own 35-yard line. The Panthers drove the ball into Randleman territory but a sack on fourth down forced them to turn the ball over. Randleman took over with about minute left in the quarter but could not find the end zone before the quarter ended. The Tigers had the ball on fourth down as the quarter came to a close. After three quarters, Randleman continued to lead 14-0.

Randleman was forced to punt the ball to start the fourth quarter, but they got the ball back a few minutes later when Gentry made his second interception of the night. The Tigers worked the ball down the field and capped off their drive with a 54-yard rushing touchdown from Snipes with about six minutes left in the game. The extra point attempt by Gentry was good as the Tigers took a 21-0 lead. The Panthers had the ball for the rest of the game but were unable to find the end zone. Randleman got the win 21-0 and moves to 11-0 on the season.

Jaquan Snipes finished the night with 158 rushing yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Clayton Gentry led the defense as he picked up four solo tackles and two interceptions. He also added 105 yards on three kickoffs. Nate Green added four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, three tackles for a loss, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

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