After making the playoffs for the first time in school history last year, the Randolph Raiders are on the brink of back to back playoff appearances. The Raiders traveled to Sardis High School Friday night in a “win and in” game. With the win, the Raiders own the fourth and final playoff spot in 4A Region 7. This win put the Raiders in the postseason for two consecutive seasons and cap off another great run by the senior class.
The Raider senior class had a chance to make history this past Friday night in multiple ways. The consecutive playoff berth will be a first as well as the record of most points scored in a season. The Raiders have scored 284 points on the year so far. The school record, which dates back to 2013, was 276. The Raiders senior 3 year starting QB Forrest Webber had this to say about the record prior to the Sardis game.
“I think anytime you have a chance to do something record breaking as a class its always special. That’s not our goal, but it is a great accomplishment and speaks highly to all our players involved. Our goal is to make the playoffs and make a deep run once we get in. We are focusing on one thing at a time right now. “-Webber
Webber has had a record-breaking season himself, accounting for 1587 total yards of offense through the air and on the ground. The senior QB has already become the school’s all-time winningest quarterback in school history, and is on pace to break the schools passing record.
Seniors Austin Lu, Alex Baugh, John Sadler Evans, and Evan Gross join Webber as the 5 seniors that have played all 3 years at Randolph. They have been a part of the first ever playoff game as well as the transitioning from 4A to 5A and back down. Austin Lu had this to say about his Randolph journey and what it has meant to him.
“Randolph football has meant the world to me. The relationships I have made and the knowledge I have gained while being a part of this program is like no other. Football has taught me to work hard, taught me how to handle adversity, and most of all, showed me how to be a man. I am so happy I chose to play football, the experiences and lessons I have learned cannot be matched anywhere else but on the field.” –Lu
Coach Nick Flanagan had this to say about the importance of the next two weeks and his senior class.
“Our seniors have done a great job for us all year long. There are a lot of unsung heroes in this group that don’t get near the credit they deserve. Seniors like Austin Lu, Hunter Harton, Hunter McEwen that do everything that is asked of them throughout the week because they want to make sure the team is put first. John Sadler Evans is one of the better backs we have, and doesn’t get near the touches he deserves, and never complains. Forrest leading the way he does and controlling the team in a captain’s manner. That’s the things I see about the seniors that are so special. They all want what is best for the team. They are a very close senior class that really have shown how much they are bought in and how much fun they are having in the process. Really blessed to be a small part of their lives and to be their coach.”
The next two weeks will be significant weeks for the Randolph football team and the seniors involved. The Raiders will host Wilson this week at home for Senior night. The school will honor 13 senior football players before the game. The seniors will walk across the field as the winningest football class in school history.
Come out and cheer on your Raiders Friday, vs. Wilson H.S. Senior Night!