Sardis out of playoffs with loss to Randolph


Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter

Sardis High was in control of its playoff destiny for 54 minutes last Friday (Oct. 21) in Sardis City.
But Randolph put together back-to-back scoring drives late in the game to steal a 28-27 win. As a result, the Raiders (6-3, 3-3) claimed the No. 4 seed in Class 4A, Region 7 and knocked the Lions (3-6, 2-4) out of the state playoffs.
After Sardis held Randolph to a three-and-out to open the game, the Lion offense put together a nine-play drive to score on its opening possession. Logan Gaskin completed two key passes on the drive to set Sardis up in scoring position. The first was a 23-yard pass to Temon Wilson on third-and-six. Gaskin then completed a 14-yard pass to Ross Strickland to set up a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. Gaskin then scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 1-yard run. Javen Smith added the PAT to give Sardis a 7-0 lead with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
Randolph responded with a scoring drive that took less than two minutes. Samuel Kimel hauled in a 35-yard pass from Forrest Webber to set the Raiders up inside the Sardis 10-yard line. John Evans later punched the ball in from the 4. After the PAT, the score was tied at 7-7 with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
Sardis responded with a 65-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard scoring run by Gaskin. The PAT failed, but Sardis took a 13-7 lead just five seconds into the second quarter. Midway through the second, Sardis put together another drive on the strength of a 20-yard run by Drew Vaughan and a 39-yard reception by Josh Maynard. Gaskin capped the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown run. Gaskin also ran in the two-point conversion to put Sardis up 21-7 at the half.
Sardis also scored on its opening drive of the second half on an 11-yard run by Vaughan. Sardis went for two points on the conversion. The attempt failed but Sardis led 27-7.
Randolph, however, put three unanswered touchdowns on the scoreboard in 10 minutes to take the lead. The first came on a 14-yard touchdown run by Bradford Layton. Three minutes later, Layton hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Webber to pull the Raiders to within six. The final points came on a 23-yard pass to Kimel from Webber midway through the fourth quarter. All three point-after conversion attempts were good to give Randolph a 28-27 lead with 6:38 remaining in the game.
Sardis had two opportunities to take the lead in the fourth, but fumbles on the Randolph 34 and 23-yard lines ended both drives.
Sardis hosts Boaz this Friday to end the season.

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