Eastern Randolph heads for playoff rematch after bruising Thomasville to advance

Eastern Randolph’s Ladaryan Spinks makes a stop on a Thomasville ball carrier during Friday night’s game in the Class 1-A state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

RAMSEUR – Running back Lucas Smith ran for two touchdowns and Eastern Randolph’s football team cranked out another victory in the Class 1-A state playoffs.

The Wildcats defeated visiting Thomasville 40-19 in the third round Friday night.

Third-seeded Eastern Randolph (12-1) displayed balanced offense by compiling 246 passing yards to go with 225 yards on the ground.

This means a rematch with defending state champion Mount Airy (13-0), the No. 2 seed, in the West Region semifinal Friday night. Last year in this round, Mount Airy won 35-17 in a game played in Ramseur, though that marked the most points the Granite Bears allowed in any of their 2022 postseason games.

In the Thomasville game, Smith was charted with 133 yards on 24 carries. Quarterback Carter Revelle rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown and Kobe Walker also ran for a touchdown.

Revelle threw for 210 yards with touchdown passes to Nicah Taylor and Desean Shamburger. Taylor’s night included 10 receptions for 129 yards.

Thomasville (9-4) trailed 26-12 at halftime and neither team scored in the third quarter.

It was the most-lopsided loss of the season for the Bulldogs, who lost their other three games by a combined 23 points. Thomasville entered the game on a six-game winning streak.

By Randolph Record