Prep Football: Patriots win for first time in state playoffs; Randleman falls in OT

Randleman’s Chase Farlow chases Lincolnton’s Andre Bost during Friday night’s game. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)

MAYODAN – Providence Grove won a football game in the state playoffs for the first time in school history Friday night.

The visiting Patriots topped McMichael 48-14 in the Class 2-A first round.

Members of the Providence Grove football program pose for a photo after the first state-playoff victory in the sport in school history. (Courtesy photo)

Next, Providence Grove (8-3) aims for an even more monumental task by going to state power Reidsville, which is the No. 1 seed in the West Region, for a second-round game.

Zander Cheek and Zane Cheek both scored three touchdowns. Zane Cheek ran for three touchdowns and Zander Cheek had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in conquering No. 16 seed McMichael (7-4).

Quarterback Andrew Canter was 9-for-11 for 157 yards and a touchdown throw. Zane Cheek gained 173 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Brady Collins made 15 tackles and Chase Whitaker was credited with 12 stops.

The 17th-seeded Patriots led 31-6 at halftime.

Lincolnton 37, Randleman 36. OT: At Randleman, the host Tigers rallied to force overtime but then fell in the Class 2-A first-round game.

Lincolnton gambled after pulling within one point in overtime by going for a two-point conversion. The rushing play worked when Andre Bost took a pitch and ran into the end zone, ending Randleman’s season.

Amarion Moton ran for five touchdowns for the Tigers. That included a 2-yard run in overtime, followed by Christian McLeod’s extra-point kick.

Randleman (7-4), which was the Piedmont Athletic Conference runner-up and landed the No. 10 seed in the West Region, never led after the first quarter.

No. 23 seed Lincolnton broke a tie at the 6:40 mark.

But Moton’s 7-yard run in the fourth quarter followed by his two-point conversion run knotted the score at 29-29 with 1:17 remaining on a drive that consumed 14 plays and nearly 5½ minutes.

Moton earlier had touchdown runs of 2, 8, 2 and 7 yards. Those were part of his 169-yard rushing outing on 27 carries.

Quarterback Christian Long ran for 78 yards on 13 attempts and threw for 120 yards. He was 15-for-24 with an interception.

Lincolnton (6-5) was credited with 394 yards of total offense, including 314 on the ground. Randleman had 373 yards of total offense.

The Wolves snapped a two-game skid. They ended up in their second consecutive overtime game.

Thomas Dobias led the Tigers on defense with eight tackles and teammate Tyshaun Goldston intercepted a pass.

Randleman also bowed out with a first-round loss last year.

Class 1-A

Eastern Randolph, the top-seeded team in the West Region, will face Mountain Heritage in the second round Friday night in Ramseur.

The Wildcats (9-1), who hold a nine-game winning streak, had a first-round bye. No. 17 Mountain Heritage (5-6) won 42-8 at No. 16 seed South Stokes.

By Randolph Record