The RCHS Tigers are showing that winning definitely has its rewards.
For just the fifth time in school history, the RCHS has been voted the No. 1 team in the state by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.
The Tigers had been sitting at No. 2 in the Class 2A poll for the past three weeks. With top-ranked Leroy's 49-18 loss to Thomasville this past Friday, the voters slid RCHS up a spot with 17 of 23 first-place votes.
RCHS is has used a hyper-productive ground game and a solid defense to get off to a 4-0 start.
The Tigers have rushed for almost 400 yards per game and have attempted just 15 passes all season. J.D. Till has paced that rushing attack with 811 yards and 7 touchdowns on 88 carries. Three other Randolph County backs (Hagan Bailey, Jack McKissic and Johnathan Wilson) are averaging at least 40 yards per game. That ground game is also a testament to the strength of the RCHS offensive line.
RCHS reached the top of the polls in 1992, 1993, 2004 and most recently in 2018 (according to records on AHSFHS.org) before achieving that mark again this year. It's the third time under current head coach Pat Prestridge who has presided over the last three No. 1 rankings.
The Tigers will put their unbeaten record and No. 1 ranking on the line this week in a non-region road game against Wadley.