Prep football: Cougars’ Ellis runs past Asheboro; Eastern Randolph adds to streak

Southwestern Randolph’s Nathan Ellis runs away from Asheboro’s Luke Hughes, left, and Lance Everhart for a touchdown Friday night. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph got back in the groove in a hurry a week after its first slip-up of the season.

The Cougars benefitted from five touchdown runs from Nathan Ellis in Friday night’s 32-13 football victory at Asheboro.

Three Southwestern Randolph players rushed for 80 or more yards and that type of ball control kept Asheboro (1-4) off balance in the final non-conference game for both teams.

Until the Cougars won at Lee J. Stone Stadium in 2021, they had never won a football game on Asheboro’s campus. Now they’ve done it in two consecutive visits.

Ellis had scoring runs of 13, 4, 2, 38 and 25 yards. By game’s end, he posted a game-high 99 yards on the ground.

Teammates Jentezen Cox (90 yards) and Owen Whelan (81 yards) added to the Cougars’ ground attack.

Southwestern Randolph’s Colton Law forces a fumble on Asheboro’s Quincy Lee as Noah Stills reaches for the ball during Friday night’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Southwestern Randolph (4-1) lost at home a week earlier to Albemarle, which is the only team that Asheboro has defeated this year.

Asheboro’s points came on Elijah Woodle’s 62-yard pass play from Logan Laughlin and on Quincy Lee’s 3-yard run.

Lee finished with 65 rushing yards. Laughlin threw for 203 yards, with Woodle making three catches for 78 yards and Aidan Robinson’s five receptions accounting for 73 yards.

Southwestern Randolph’s Asher Perkins intercepted a pass.

Overall, the Cougars have defeated Asheboro in four consecutive meetings.

Eastern Randolph 43, Parkwood 0: At Monroe, Carter Revelle threw for four touchdowns as the visiting Wildcats rolled.

Eastern Randolph (4-1), which has won four games in a row,

Revelle completed 11 of 14 passes for 154 yards with an interception. Rayden West caught two of the scoring passes.

Lucas Smith had a touchdown catch and a touchdown run. A’Donye Herbert had a touchdown run.

Monroe (1-4) was shut out for the third time this season.

By Randolph Record