County teams send strong opening messages

ASHEBORO — What an opening week for Randolph County football teams.

The seven football-playing schools went a combined 6-1, with the lone loss coming in the only intra-county matchup (Asheboro defeating Randleman).

In the other five games, the county teams outscored their opponents by a combined score of 177-31.

The most notable might have been Eastern Randolph’s whipping of Eastern Alamance, which has been a Class 3-A power for most of the past decade.

And don’t discount what Trinity did, with its decision against Chatham Central marking its first triumph against an opponent other than Jordan-Matthews in its last 24 games.

Let’s take a look:

Eastern Randolph 34, Eastern Alamance 6: At Ramseur, Nahiem Lilly ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns to go with a touchdown reception as the host Wildcats rolled. Eastern Randolph has won its opener for the fourth season in a row.

Providence Grove 42, East Davidson 0: At Thomasville, Luke Thomas threw three touchdown passes. Two of the scoring strikes went to Caleb Rogers, who also scored on a carry.

Wheatmore 34, West Davidson 13: At Lexington, Ben Walker threw for three touchdowns as part of a 298-yard passing performance. Almost half of the passing yards went to Dylan Weil (four catches, 137 yards), who scored on two of those plays. Perry Welch raked up 104 rushing yards to go with a touchdown.

Trinity 22, Chatham Central 12: At Bear Creek, the Bulldogs snapped an 11-game road losing streak. Trinity hadn’t won away from home since Sept. 7, 2018, at North Moore.

Southwestern Randolph 45, Jordan-Matthews 0: At Siler City, Keaton Reed threw three touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown and Adam Cole scored three touchdowns as the Cougars won in a game that was completed Saturday afternoon after Friday night’s suspension early in the second quarter. Cole scored on a rush, a reception and a punt return.

 

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This week’s games

Thursday

East Davidson at Wheatmore

Friday

Eastern Randolph at Asheboro

Providence Grove at Southern Guilford

Central Davidson at Randleman

South Stanly at Southwestern Randolph

Trinity at Forbush

 

By Bob Sutton

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