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Randleman's Amarion Moton pushes his way through Lincolnton defenders during the first-round playoff game Nov. 4. Molton finished with five touchdowns on 28 carries, but the Tigers fell short in overtime.

Tigers lose playoff opener in OT

MIKE DUPREZ

Randolph Hub

 

Providence Grove made history by recording its first-ever state playoff win. Meanwhile, Randleman suffered a heartbreaking loss and Blake Brewer resigned as Asheboro’s coach. Here’s a look at what happened last week.

 

PROVIDENCE GROVE 48, MCMICHAEL 14

 

Zane Cheek ran 13 times for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns as the 17th-seeded Patriots scored a resounding win over 16th-seed McMichael.

 

Zander Cheek equalled his twin brother by running for a pair of touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass from Andrew Canter. The Patriot quarterback was 9-of-11 for 157 yards.

 

The Patriots had 445 total yards.

 

Tucker Batten was a perfect 6-of-6 on extra points and made two short-range field goals.

 

Brady Collins led the defense with 15 tackles. Chase Whitaker made 12 tackles and recorded a sack.

 

Providence Grove led 31-6 at halftime. The Patriots (8-3) are at No. 1 Reidsville for the second round.

 

LINCOLNTON 37, RANDLEMAN 36 (OT)

 

Amarion Moton had 170 yards and 5 touchdowns on 28 carries but it wasn’t quite enough for the Tigers.

 

Randleman (7-4) had taken a 36-29 lead in overtime but the Wolves scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass and added a two-point conversion run.

 

Tigers quarterback Christian Long was 11-of-19 for 101 yards with an interception. Long ran 14 times for 87 yards.

 

Lincolnton (6-5) amassed 355 yards rushing.

 

BREWER RESIGNS

 

Blake Brewer resigned as Asheboro’s football coach after going 2-25 in three seasons. The Blue Comets were 1-9 in 2022.

 

A 2007 graduate of Asheboro and former Blue Comets quarterback, Brewer has been on the faculty and staff since 2013. He became head coach in 2020.

 

The school has launched a search for a new coach.

 

EASTERN RANDOLPH IDLE

 

As the No. 1 seed in the 1-A West, Eastern Randolph had a bye in the first round of the state playoffs. The Wildcats (9-1) will host No. 17 Mountain Heritage (5-6) in the second round in Ramseur Friday night.