Wildcats score late to keep alive season

RAMSEUR – Ervodd Cassady scored on a 26-yard run with 6:27 remaining as Eastern Randolph’s football team overcame visiting Robbinsville for a 29-26 victory in a third-round game of the Class 1-A state playoffs Friday night.

The Wildcats, who are the top seed in the West Region, made two defensive stops inside their own 20-yard line in the final two minutes to hold on.

Linebacker A’donye Herbert made a couple of key tackles.

“Just make a play so we can keep moving in,” Herbert said. “It felt great, just one more step to moving in.”

Eastern Randolph (11-1) will meet fourth-seeded Mount Airy (12-1) on Friday night at home in the regional semifinals.

“It’s good we’re heading back in the right direction,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton Cates said.
“I tell them if you’re playing on Thanksgiving (weekend), you’ve had a pretty good year.”

Cassady ran for three touchdowns as part of his 141-yard performance on the ground. He had scoring runs of 2 and 6 yards and also ran for a two-point conversion.

DJ Thomas returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.

Eighth-seeded Robbinsville (9-4) scored the only 14 points of the third quarter to move to a 26-22 lead, but the Black Knights didn’t score again.

“We didn’t tackle well at times and we didn’t play good on third downs,” Cates said.

Robbinsville’s Cutler Adams rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown.

By Randolph Record