Randolph-Henry varsity football gets first win of 2016

Published 11:07 pm Friday, October 7, 2016

The Randolph-Henry High School varsity football team rode a strong defense and a potent run game to claim the first Statesmen victory of the 2016 season Friday night.

The Statesmen led 7-0 after the first quarter at Cumberland High School, 14-0 at halftime and scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to spoil the Dukes’ homecoming by defeating them 28-6.

Randolph-Henry improves to 1-6 this year.

“Wins do good things for you, things that nothing else can do,” Randolph-Henry Head Coach Mark McPherson said. “It’s nice medicine, and we needed it.”

Senior Chris Powell helped give the Statesmen their 7-0 lead less than halfway into the first quarter when he ran for a 64-yard touchdown on 4th-and-3.

Near the end of the second quarter, a 58-yard run by Powell and his subsequent 19-yard run helped set up an 8-yard touchdown run by junior Tremaine Pugh.

Cumberland scored its only touchdown of the night with 11:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to make the score 14-6, but it could not score on the two-point conversion attempt.

Junior Tyrie Blow-Tydings was dominant in a later drive for the Statesmen, capping it off with a one-yard touchdown run in which he ran right over a defender to reach the end zone.

To start Randolph-Henry’s next possession, senior first-year player Harmon Boyd broke free and scored on a 60-yard touchdown run.

“I think, defensively, we played very well,” McPherson said. “We never let them get going.”

The Statesmen have a bye next week, and they return to action Friday, Oct. 21, when they host Prince Edward County High School.

“We’ve got three more big games we feel like we can win that are winnable games, and we want to build on this (win),” McPherson said.