Providence Grove football

Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

School’s new football coach is Trinity alum CLIMAX – David Hayes has been around high school football teams for more than a decade as an assistant coach. Now it’s something different. He’ll be a head coach. Providence Grove hired Hayes, who has close ties to a couple of other schools in Randolph County, as its next football coach. “I feel like I was ready to take an opportunity like this,” Hayes said. Hayes takes the vacancy left when Calvin Brown departed to become Asheboro’s coach. Most recently, Hayes has been an assistant coach and physical education teacher at Thomasville, which…
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Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

CLIMAX – New Asheboro football coach Calvin Brown is still finishing his time at Providence Grove. While no longer the football coach of the Patriots, Brown is remaining at the school in other roles, including as athletics director, through Jan. 20. Then he makes the full transition to Asheboro. In more than a month’s time between his introduction as Asheboro’s coach and completely leaving Providence Grove, Brown said he hopes to have in place most of his new staff with the Blue Comets. “I’d like to have everything lined up,” he said. Brown, who spent seven seasons as Providence Grove’s…
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New Asheboro football coach: ‘A great opportunity’

New Asheboro football coach: ‘A great opportunity’

Calvin Brown was introduced Monday as Asheboro High School's new football coach. He spent the past seven seasons in that role at Providence Grove. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Calvin Brown will try to get Asheboro’s football program back on a winning path. “We want to compete on Friday nights and I know that’s what Asheboro expects,” Brown said Monday. “We want to change the culture and bring back the winning atmosphere.” Brown is leaving Providence Grove, where he directed sustained success, to become coach of the Blue Comets. Among more than 40 applicants, Brown was a clear choice for the…
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Asheboro hires Providence Grove’s Brown as next football coach

Asheboro hires Providence Grove’s Brown as next football coach

Here's Calvin Brown during Providence Grove's 2022 game at Asheboro (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Calvin Brown will try to get Asheboro’s football program back on a winning path. Brown is leaving Providence Grove, where he directed sustained success, to become coach of the Blue Comets. Brown’s Providence Grove teams were 42-34 in seven seasons. He guided the Patriots to their first postseason football victory in school history earlier this fall as part of an 8-4 record. Brown takes the position held by Blake Brewer, a former Asheboro quarterback whose three-season record was 2-25 as head coach. The Blue Comets…
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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: Wildcats, Tigers win routs to set up title clash

Prep football: Wildcats, Tigers win routs to set up title clash

Randleman’s Amarion Moton leaps Trinity’s Jacob Hodges on the way to a touchdown. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record). The showdown for the Piedmont Athletic Conference football championship is set for Friday night. That comes after more blowouts across the league, including romps for co-leaders Eastern Randolph and Randleman last Friday night. Those teams meet for the title in Ramseur. Here’s a look at games from the second-to-last week of the regular season: Eastern Randolph 62, Wheatmore 0: At Trinity, the visiting Wildcats posted their highest point total of the season in their last road game as Stratton Barwick threw for four touchdowns.…
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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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