Prep Notes: Dates change for football games; Check on soccer successes, streaks for volleyball teams

Lyndsey Cassell of Faith Christian spikes the ball last week in a volleyball match vs. visiting North Moore. Faith Christian won the non-conference match in five sets. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Football games for this week in Randolph County have been adjusted because of the potential of an impact to weather in the area coming from Hurricane Ian.

Some announcements about changes came at the beginning of the week.

Asheboro’s game against visiting Oak Grove in a Mid-Piedmont Conference opener has been shifted from Friday night to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

All three games in the Piedmont Athletic Conference also are set for Thursday instead of Friday.

Providence Grove’s game at Trinity has been moved to 7 p.m., while Eastern Randolph’s visit to Southwestern Randolph will begin at 7:30 p.m. All four of those teams take 4-1 records into those league openers.

Also, Randleman’s homecoming game against Wheatmore was set for 7:30 p.m.

Ready to return: Randleman running back/linebacker Thomas Dobias could be on the field for this week’s PAC opener against visiting Wheatmore.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee the day before the season opener to repair an injury that occurred during preseason practice. At the beginning of this week, the junior said he has been on a successful rehabilitation timetable that should allow him to be ready for PAC play.

Soccer stuff

Trinity and Wheatmore tied 1-1 the first time they met this season in boys’ soccer. Both teams began this week without a loss in PAC play.

The two teams meet in a rematch Oct. 5 at Trinity. That could be a showdown that decides the conference title.

Streak stopper: Asheboro’s bid for an unbeaten season ended with last week’s 2-0 loss at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point. That matchup was a late addition to the teams’ schedules. The Trojans are a one-loss team, though they don’t compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Asheboro won its first 10 games before suffering the defeat.

On the court

Trinity’s volleyball team lost its season opener at Asheboro, but the Bulldogs have won their eight other non-conference matches. That stretch included avenging to loss to Asheboro.

But PAC play has been more challenging as Trinity held a 2-5 league mark entering this week.

Keep it going: Southwestern Randolph’s 14-match winning streak entering the week exceeds the longest winning streak for the team in 2021, when it won the Class 2-A state championship.

Last fall, the longest winning streak for the Cougars was 12 matches that stretched from the end of the regular season and into the PAC Tournament. After a loss to Uwharrie Charter Academy, Southwestern Randolph ran off six straight victories in the state playoffs.

By Bob Sutton