Statesmen end 2018 campaign with a blowout win

Published 8:59 am Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Randolph-Henry High School (R-H) varsity football team’s 2018 season was many things, but in the end, it was not winless. The young Statesmen gave their fans a big reason to cheer and gave themselves a big reason to be encouraged about the future Friday night when they concluded their season with a resounding 46-6 victory over visiting Cumberland County High School.

It was the second season in a row that Randolph-Henry avoided a winless campaign by defeating the Dukes, but this was a year that challenged every team in a unique way and likely favored older, more seasoned squads. It was a season that featured significant scheduling changes due to inclement weather concerns or, unique to R-H, malfunctioning field lighting, preventing teams from benefiting from the regular rhythm of a football season. The Statesmen played only twice in September and then ended up playing five times in October, including four games in an 11-day span.

On Friday, Randolph-Henry led 16-0 after the first quarter, 24-6 at halftime, and then the Statesmen reeled off 22 unanswered points in the second half.

They had two 100-yard rushers for the game, led by senior halfback Treymon Roberts, who finished his Statesmen career on the gridiron with an outstanding performance, carrying the ball 21 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Junior fullback Danny Parrish also topped 100 yards for the game and scored a touchdown.

For full coverage of Friday’s win for the Statesmen (1-9), see next week’s edition of The Gazette and this website.