Generals shut out at home against TigersPublished 11:52pm Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW SITE – While both teams turned the ball over early, it was the Randolph County Tigers who capitalized, as they defeated the Horseshoe Bend Generals 38-0 Friday in region play.
Jason Franklin, head coach of Horseshoe Bend (2-6, 0-6 Class 2A, Region 5), said the Generals have to pick up the peaces and keep pushing forward.
“You’ve just got to keep fighting at this point in the season. You’ve got to keep pushing forward and getting better every week,” Franklin said. “In spurts, we looked good early on – we just didn’t capitalize. You’ve to persevere sometimes, and we’re not doing that well right now. We have to keep working. That ball’s going to bounce our way sooner or later.”
After Horseshoe Bend’s Brady Fuller intercepted a Tigers’ pass to halt a drive early in the first, Randolph County (2-6, 2-4 Class 2A, Region 5) returned the favor when Randolph County safety Elijah McFarland picked off Generals’ quarterback Major Abernathy with 6:21 left in the first.
Randolph County then marched 78 yards, as McFarland, who also played quarterback for the Tigers, found Willis Knight for a 12-yard touchdown, with the William Sledge extra point making it 7-0 with 1:57 left in the first.
A 40-yard run by Abernathy helped the Generals get down to the Randolph County 19-yard line, but Horseshoe Bend turned the ball over on the downs.
The very next play, Randolph County’s Knight broke 81-yards on a sweep down the home sideline to extend the Tigers’ lead to 14-0 with 10:43 left in the first half.
The Tigers capitalized off of another Generals’ mistake, as McFarland picked off another Abernathy pass then capped off the Randolph County drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to make it a 21-0 game going into halftime.
The Tigers added another score off a Horseshoe Bend turnover, as Melvin Sims recovered a fumble and took it 30 yards for a score early in the third to make it 28-0.
Randolph’s Reco Hannah added a 2-yard touchdown run, Sledge hit a 20-yard field goal to round out the scoring.
The Tigers racked up 348 yards of total offense, with 265 yards coming on the ground.
Knight led Randolph County with 91 yards rushing on three carries, and 50 yards receiving on three catches.
The Generals had 134 yards of total offense and turned the ball over four times on the night.
Abernathy had 34 yards on eight carries, while Brandon Heard had 67 yards on 13 carries for the Generals.
The Generals return to action Friday at home against Lanett for senior night.