Statesmen see growth in loss

Published 7:37 am Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Randolph- Henry High School varsity football team fell to 0-5 this season after a 48-6 loss to visiting Goochland High School on Friday, but Statesmen Head Coach Mark McPherson found some positive things to focus on from the contest.

“We were a bit undermanned, and I knew Goochland’s got a pretty good football team, so I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I saw a lot of good things,” he said. “It’s our worst defeat of the season, but in a lot of ways, I saw some things that I thought were very good. I thought our defense stood up a couple of times and got several stops, and I think we grew in a lot of ways in defeat, so not all bad.”

Randolph-Henry has often started well this season only to lose momentum and energy as a game goes on. On Friday, the Bulldogs had developed a 21-0 lead by halftime, but the Statesmen came out aggressively in the third quarter. They stopped Goochland, got the ball back and put together a nine-play, 62-yard drive that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Tyrie Blow-Tydings.

Prior to that, the Bulldogs (5-0) only had 17 points scored on them all season.

Harmon Boyd led Randolph-Henry with 11 carries for 36 yards, Derius Marable had six carries for 31 yards, while Spencer Parrish and Blow-Tydings each had six carries for 28 yards.

Blow-Tydings led the team, defensively, with seven solo tackles, three for a loss, and six assists.

The Statesmen were without Chris Powell, Fred Blow-Tydings and Christian Reed due to injury.

Randolph-Henry visits Amelia County High School on Friday at 7 p.m.