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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: DJ Thomas

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: DJ Thomas

Eastern Randolph, football Thomas, a senior, had a solid final football season for the Wildcats, who had the longest postseason run among teams from Randolph County. Eastern Randolph finished with an 11-2 record. For the second year in a row, the team was undefeated in the Piedmont Athletic Conference. Thomas was a receiver for the Wildcats, who averaged 36 points per game. He also has been a member of the school’s boys’ basketball program.
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Prep Football: Wildcats move on; Patriots fade at Reidsville

Prep Football: Wildcats move on; Patriots fade at Reidsville

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

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. 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…
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Three area teams land in state playoffs for football

Three area teams land in state playoffs for football

Andrew Canter throws a pass for Providence Grove, which is in the state playoffs again. Eastern Randolph’s football team is the top seed in Class 1-A’s West Region for the second year in a row. Randleman and Providence Grove are in the states in Class 2-A West Region. Eastern Randolph (9-1), the Piedmont Athletic Conference champion, receives a first-round bye and will play Nov. 11 at home against the winner of this Friday night’s game between South Stokes (4-6) and Mountain Heritage (4-6). In Class 2-A, Randleman (7-3) is the No. 10 seed with a home date Friday night against…
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Prep Football: Eastern Randolph takes PAC title by defeating Randleman

Prep Football: Eastern Randolph takes PAC title by defeating Randleman

RAMSEUR – Devonte Brooks scored two touchdowns and Eastern Randolph repeated as Piedmont Athletic Conference football champion with a 28-13 victory against visiting Randleman on Friday night. Ervodd Cassady returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown against his former team as part of Eastern Randolph’s scoring plays. The Wildcats (9-1 overall, 5-0 PAC) have won nine games in a row since a season-opening loss at Eastern Alamance. They benefited from three Randleman turnovers. Stratton Barwick threw for a on a 12-yard play with Adonye Herbert. Nicah Taylor had 83 receiving yards among Barwick’s 128 passing yards. Randleman (7-3, 4-1),…
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Prep Football: Tigers topple Providence Grove; Wildcats, Cougars cruise to wins

Prep Football: Tigers topple Providence Grove; Wildcats, Cougars cruise to wins

Randleman quarterback Christian Long makes a pass earlier this season. (Randolph Record file photo) CLIMAX – Amarion Moton scored on two fourth-quarter touchdown runs to help Randleman seal a 30-14 road victory against Providence Grove in Piedmont Athletic Conference football Friday night. Randleman’s defense limited the often-potent Providence Grove offense to 180 yards. Randleman never trailed, going up in the first quarter on Christian McLeod’s 26-yard field goal. Tyshaun Goldston scored on a 13-yard pass from Christian Long in the second quarter. James Ellis of Providence Grove scored on a 44-yard pass play before halftime. Gregory Price’s 40-yard interception return…
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Prep Football: Wildcats fend off SWR; Providence Grove, Randleman cruise in PAC openers

Prep Football: Wildcats fend off SWR; Providence Grove, Randleman cruise in PAC openers

Davonte Brooks of Eastern Randolph heads for the end zone against Southwestern Randolph. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Davonte Brooks scored three touchdowns and Eastern Randolph relied on its defense in a 20-12 road victory against Southwestern Randolph in a Piedmont Athletic Conference football opener Thursday night. “We just all came together and played as one and that’s how we got the job done,” Brooks said. Eastern Randolph (5-1), which is the reigning PAC champion, won despite its lowest point total of the season. “It was not our best game,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton Cates said. “Too many mistakes –…
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Prep Notes: Dates change for football games; Check on soccer successes, streaks for volleyball teams

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…
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Prep Football: Cougars clobber Asheboro; Wildcats roll in non-league finale

Prep Football: Cougars clobber Asheboro; Wildcats roll in non-league finale

Asheboro’s Markell Graham is pursued by Southwestern Randolph’s Danny Jackson and Caleb Shelton, far right, during Friday night’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph scored on the first snap of the game and went on to drub visiting Asheboro 40-2 on Friday night. Adam Cole took a short pass from Easton Clapp and burst 64 yards for a touchdown for the first points. “It was open,” Southwestern Randolph coach Seth Baxter said. “I think our wide receivers did a tremendous job of blocking on that play.” Southwestern Randolph (4-1) heads into Piedmont Athletic Conference play on a two-game…
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Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Quarterback Stratton Barwick of Eastern Randolph bulls his way for a touchdown against Walkertown earlier this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – The thought of the quarterback for Eastern Randolph’s wildly successful football team being the big man on campus wasn’t a grand idea for veteran coach Burton Cates. He put Stratton Barwick on a diet. Now a bit swifter, Barwick hopes to put the Wildcats on the fast track again this year. Listed at 6-foot-1, Barwick is down to about 235 pounds after playing the 2021 season at 250. “He has gotten a step quicker,” Cates said. This weight…
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