Wadley punched its ticket for the playoffs, Woodland kept its hopes of a region championship alive, and RCHS got knocked out of the No. 1 spot in the state in a big Friday night of high school football in the county.
Let's start with the bad news first, as RCHS was pummeled by Lanett 61-20. RCHS had no answer for Lanett quarterback Kadarius Zackery, who shredded the Tigers through the air, on the ground and in the kicking game.
Zackery led Lanett with 170 rushing yards on just nine carries, including touchdowns of 87 and 8 yards. He also completed 8-of-12 passes for 268 yards and three more touchdowns and then added a 78-yard kick return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Panthers padded their already comfortable lead.
Lanett jumped out to a 25-0 lead before RCHS got on the board late in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by quarterback Avion Willis. That score came with 50 seconds left in the half and looked like it would leave RCHS trailing 25-7 at the break. But Lanett made the most of those final seconds as the Panthers marched 67 yards on just three plays – a 29-yard run by Zackery, a 30-yard pass play from Zackery to Seidrion Langston, and then an 8-yard touchdown run by Zackery with 14 seconds left in the half. That put Lanett up 31-7, and the rout was on for the Panthers. The lead got up to 49-7 before RCHS added a couple of late second half touchdown runs, a 25-yarder by Jack McKissic and a 3-yarder by Zack Caldwell.
In all, the RCHS defense gave up 619 total yards (352 passing, 267 on the ground) and forced just one punt in the game.
Lanett's offense overshadowed a solid with the ball from RCHS, which ran for a total of 265 yards. Caldwell led the way with 71 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while McKissic finished with 62 yards and a score on eight runs.
RCHS leading rusher J.D. Till, who entered the game averaging over 200 rushing yards per game, was held to 53 yards on 14 carries, none of which came in the second half.
Its the first loss of the season for RCHS which will fall from the No. 1 spot in the rankings in class 2A.
The loss also give Lanett the region championship.
The good news for RCHS is that they still can finish second in the region and host a first-round playoff game if they defeat B.B. Comer next week. The winner of that game will finish as the No. 2 seed, while the loser will fall to third.
Elsewhere, Wadley defeated Donoho 29-7, which means the Bulldogs will be in the playoffs for the eighth straight season. Wadley has completed its region schedule and cannot catch the front-running trio of Ragland, Winterboro and Woodland. So Wadley will be the No. 4 seed out of 1A, Region 4.
Woodland also won Friday, knocking off Victory Christian 36-0 to give the Bobcats a five-game winning streak and keep them alive for a shot at the region championship next week.
Woodland plays Winterboro, while Ragland takes on Victory Christian in next week's region finales. If Woodland and Victory Christian win those games, Woodland will be the region champs.
And in the only other local result, Ranburne snapped a five-game losing streak with a 20-12 win over Horseshoe Bend.
Look for full coverage of all of these games in next week's print edition of the Randolph Leader.