RAMSEUR – Eastern Randolph began what it hopes is a long journey in the state playoffs with a 28-12 victory against visiting Mountain Heritage on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (10-1), which received a first-round bye in Class 1-A, received two touchdowns apiece from Ervodd Cassady and Lucas Smith.
Cassady ran for 205 yards.
Next for the Wildcats, who are the top seed in the West Region, is a home game next Friday night against eighth-seeded Robbinsville (9-3), which topped No. 24 seed Cherokee 39-12 in the second round for its second win of the season against that foe.
Mountain Heritage ended up 5-7.
At Reidsville, Providence Grove led late in the first half before top-seeded Reidsville took over in a 51-25 second-round game in the West Region.
Andrew Canter threw two touchdown passes for Providence Grove (8-4), which a week earlier won a playoff game for the first time by prevailing at McMichael.
Zander Cheek and Chase Whitaker scored on receptions and Karson Bowman had a rushing touchdown. Tucker Batten’s second-quarter field goal gave Providence a 10-7 edge.
Reidsville (11-1) scored the first 15 points of the second half.
It’s the most points allowed by Providence Grove since a 2019 home loss to Randleman.
Reidsville eliminated Randleman last year in the first round.