Amarion Moton tries to run away from Southwestern Randolph’s Jentezen Cox and the rest of the Cougars. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)
Randleman and Eastern Randolph won road games Friday night to move closer to a huge Piedmont Athletic Conference showdown in two weeks.
Randleman rocked Southwestern Randolph, while Eastern Randolph knocked off neighbor Providence Grove.
Here’s a look at Friday night’s games.
Randleman 34, Southwestern Randolph 7: At Asheboro. Amarion Moton ran for two touchdowns and Tyshaun Goldston scored on two passes from Christian Long for the visiting Tigers (6-2, 3-0 PAC).
Christian McLeod kicked field goals from 33 and 24 yards for Randleman.
The Long-to-Goldston connections were for 29 and 34 yards in the third quarter, allowing the Tigers to break away from a 10-7 halftime edge. Long was 9-for-15 for 123 yards.
“We told our (players) keep answering what they did,” Randleman coach Shane Timmons said.
Easton Clapp scored the game’s first points on a 2-yard touchdown run for Southwestern Randolph (5-3, 1-2). After that, the Cougars largely stalled.
“Our defense was flying around making plays,” Timmons said.
The Tigers made it tough on Southwestern Randolph.
“Their defensive line was in control the whole time,” Cougars coach Seth Baxter said. “We couldn’t block them.”
Moton, who finished with 132 rushing yards on 19 carries, had Randleman’s first touchdown on a 52-yard run. He scored from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter for the game’s last touchdown.
“He just wore us down,” Baxter said.
Eastern Randolph 28, Providence Grove 7: At Climax, Devonte Brooks scored three touchdowns as the visiting Wildcats won their seventh game in a row.
Lucas Smith returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for Eastern Randolph (7-1, 3-0). That was one of five pick-offs for the Wildcats.
Brooks gained 145 yards on the ground.
Providence Grove (5-3, 1-2) scored on Brady Collins’ 19-yard pass to Lemuel Coltrane.
Wheatmore 27, Trinity 26: At Trinity, the Warriors (2-6, 1-2) came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half for their first PAC win in two seasons.
For Trinity (4-4, 0-3), Dominic Payne threw two touchdown passes to Jacob Hodges. Chance Grogan scored a touchdown and rushed for 154 yards.
North Davidson 49, Asheboro 6: At Asheboro, the Blue Comets stumbled on homecoming in the Mid-Piedmont Conference.
Asheboro (1-7, 0-3) has lost four games in a row. North Davidson is 3-5, 2-1.