A tale of two halves

Published 5:34 pm Friday, September 13, 2019

Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity football team was locked in a competitive game with host Chatham High School on Friday through one half, but the Cavaliers were able to pull away in the second half to produce a lopsided 50-26 victory.

The defeat drops the Statesmen to 0-2 for the season, and they have surrendered 50 points in each of these losses.

Friday night’s game showed potential to be different early on, though.

“I thought we played really well in the first half,” Randolph-Henry Head Coach Zach Orlando said.

The Statesmen held a 6-0 lead going into the second quarter. R-H also scored first in their opener Aug. 30, which Orlando noted as setting a new precedent during his time as coach.

Chatham pulled ahead in the second quarter, but the score was still only 14-6 at halftime.

In their first possession of the third quarter, the Statesmen ended up having to punt and the punt attempt was blocked.

“That’s just a momentum-killer,” Orlando said.

He explained that his team is struggling with being consistent on both sides of the ball.

Despite the loss, R-H junior quarterback Peter Jones had an outstanding game, going 10-for- 15 passing for 178 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a score.

Junior Ryetwan Callaham led the Statesmen on the ground with 21 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns, and he also had two catches for 25 yards. Junior wing back Tyshaundre Walton had 14 carries for 67 yards.

Sophomore halfback Christopher Redd caught a 65-yard touchdown pass, and senior wide receiver Antwan Boyd finished with two catches for 63 yards.

R-H hosts Prince Edward on Friday at 7 p.m.