County football teams fall in playoff openers

PJ WARD-BROWN | NORTH STATE JOURNAL Southwestern Randolph quarterback Keaton Reed throws a pass in the Class 2-A state playoff game against Polk County.

ASHEBORO — The first round of the Class 2-A state playoffs didn’t go well for Randolph County teams.

All three of the entries had their seasons end with losses.

That included home games for Providence Grove and Southwestern Randolph.

At Climax, Providence Grove fell 27-26 in overtime to Forest Hills, when a failed two-point conversion play resulted in the season ending.

Providence Grove, which was seeded eighth in the West Region, ended up with an 8-3 record. The Patriots are 0-10 all-time in state-playoff games.

Forest Hills moves on with a 7-4 record.

Polk County 29, Southwestern Randolph 14: 

At Asheboro, the host Cougars had a school-record win total this season but they couldn’t add to that by falling in the opening round in the first-ever meeting with No. 17 seed Polk County.

“It’s tough anytime you lose that last one,” Southwestern Randolph coach Seth Baxter said. “It has been one of those magical years that you’ve been a part of it. Tough game, but I don’t want us to lose focus of what kind of season we’ve had.”

Southwestern Randolph, the No. 16 seed, finished with an 8-3 record after dropping the first home football playoff game in school history.

Polk County (7-3) scored the game’s final 23 points.

“I just thought they controlled the line of scrimmage and they made big plays,” Baxter said “Offensively, we just could not finish drives.”

Reidsville 49, Randleman 7: 

At Reidsville, the state-power Rams scored 21 first-quarter points and led 49-0 at halftime. 

Only Gus Shelton’s 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter prevented a shutout. Randleman (4-7) was charged with three turnovers.

Reidsville improved to 10-0.

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