Stiff arm

RCHS running back Johnathan Wilson extends a stiff arm to Ranburne's Hunter Hollis during RCHS's 13-0 preseason win Friday in Wedowee.

RCHS defended its home field, Wadley showed some impressive fight against two larger opponents and Ranburne saw its preseason offensive woes continue when the three teams met in their final tuneup before next week's regular season openers.

The three-way jamboree saw each team play one half against the other two. RCHS went 2-0 with a 13-0 win over Ranburne and a 14-6 victory over Wadley.

Wadley opened its night with a 6-0 win over Ranburne, which failed to find the end zone against either opponent.

RCHS got touchdown runs from Johnathan Prothro and Dante Jordan against Ranburne. Jordan added a nifty 14-yard run for six in the closing minutes of the second quarter against Wadley. That put the game out of reach after Damarcus Davis got RCHS on the board early in the contest with an 82-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Wadley's points against Ranburne came on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jacob Marable. That play was set up by a clutch 19-yard completion from Marable to Jonathan Poole on 3rd-and-11 from the Ranburne 22-yard line.

Marable accounted for Wadley's only other touchdown of the night when he scored from seven yards out early in the second quarter against RCHS to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-6.

Ranburne had one good scoring opportunity against Wadley when Hunter Hollis broke loose for a 72-yard run before being tackled at the Wadley 2-yard line. But Ranburne lost two yards over the next three plays, then saw the threat end on fourth down when Poole intercepted backup quarterback Jaxon Langley.

All three teams will begin their regular seasons next Friday night. Wadley will travel to Woodland, Ranburne will go to Glencoe and RCHS will play at Notasulga.

Handley 40, LaFayette 15

Handley quarterback Evan Cofield threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, and Handley thumped LaFayette 40-15 in their preseason showdown at Wright Field in Roanoke Friday.

Devontae Houston, Dylan Brooks, Tae Snead and C.J. Allen all found themselves on the receiving end of Cofield's passes.

Handley will open its regular season at home against Tallassee next Friday.

Fayetteville 17, Woodland 8

Woodland trailed 3-2 in the third quarter and 10-8 in the fourth, but Fayetteville struck the final blow late in the game with a touchdown that put them up 17-8. That ended up being the final score in the debut of new Woodland head coach Blair Armstrong.

Woodland will host Wadley next week in its home opener of the 2019 season.

Look for much more in-depth coverage of tonight's games in next week's print edition of the Randolph Leader.

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