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R-H stops Knights

The Randolph-Henry High School varsity football team continued its trend of strong play Friday, leading to its second win of the season — a 20-0 victory over host Buckingham County High School.

“I felt like it’s a game we should win, and we did,” Statesmen Head Coach Mark McPherson said. “I simplified our offense. We did a lot of running. I wanted to get the ball in Chris Powell’s hands as much as possible, and he did a good job. And we kind of went to a power set and just relied on power football and played some good defense.”

Randolph-Henry took a 6-0 lead with 5:22 to go in the first quarter when junior Tyrie Blow-Tydings ran for an 18-yard touchdown.

Buckingham was down to its third-string quarterback entering the game, and he went down with an injury early in the second quarter and did not return.

“That hurt them really bad, the same way if Chris Powell goes down… it hurts me,” McPherson said.

Shortly thereafter, Statesmen freshman Tyrik Beattie intercepted a pass to help set up his team’s next score. Strong running by seniors Harmon Boyd and Powell led to Powell’s 9-yard touchdown run, which made the score 12-0 with 6:01 left before halftime.

Randolph-Henry scored its final touchdown with 10:07 to go in the fourth quarter. Power running by Blow-Tydings got the Statesmen to the Buckingham 5-yard line with a fresh set of downs.

The Knights defense held firm for several plays, but on fourth-and-goal, Powell rolled out to the left and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. He also ran in the 2-point conversion to make the scoreboard read 20-0.

Powell finished the game with 29 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Boyd had 11 carries for 72 yards, and Blow-Tydings had 63 yards and a score on 12 carries.

Defensively, Blow-Tydings had four solo tackles and six assists, Powell had four solos and five assists, senior Josh Goldman had four solos and three assists and Boyd had three solos and four assists.

Randolph-Henry (2-7) has one game left as it plays host to Nottoway High School on Friday at 7 p.m., Senior Night.