Prep Football: Tigers drop Bulldogs in OT
This one is going to sting for awhile.
Randleman's Allen Goslen kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime, sending Thomasville to its third loss in a row. The Bulldogs won the toss in overtime but, as they did for much of the game, failed to do anything with the ball, giving the Tigers a chance to sneak out of Cushwa Stadium with a 10-7 win.
Thomasville's nonexistent offense failed to pick up a first down until the final minute of the opening half. Randleman exposed gaping holes in the Bulldog frontline that all but nullified any semblance of a running game. Quarterback Jalen Jenkins completed just two passes through two quarters when he wasn't running for his life from a series of Tiger defenders.
Randleman's insistence on pursuing an ineffective passing attack helped Thomasville's defense keep the game within reach. Tigers quarterback Nathan Sloan misfired throughout the first half, completing only four of 17 passes. Randleman finally broke the scoreless affair with the lone productive drive of the first half. The Tigers drove 65 yards in 13 plays, scoring on Spencer Hamilton's one-yard plow into the end zone. A pass interference penalty on Malik Johnson in the end zone on fourth down and 1 from the 5 kept the drive alive. Hamilton's score came on fourth and goal from the one with 8:25 remaining in the second quarter.
Thomasville regrouped at halftime and put together its best drive of the game to open the second half. The Bullldogs marched 80 yards, mixing in a few well-timed passes with a finally effective rushing attack. Senior Demoris Payne tied the game with a 10-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Randleman appeared poised to answer back as the Tigers drove to the Bulldogs 21 early in the fourth quarter. Tommy Rodgers thwarted the drive at the goal line, picking off Sloan with nine minutes remaining in the game.
Twice Randleman had a chance to take the lead in regulation but Goslen missed a pair of field goals, the last coming with 26 seconds to go. The two teams exchanged interceptions in the final half minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime.