PREP FOOTBALL: Aggies win big at Randolph

Fairview’s Tyvn Ellis (20) runs through a Raider defender during the Aggies’ win at Randolph Friday night. (Gary McGriff for The Cullman Tribune)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Fairview Aggies traveled north to face the Randolph Raiders Friday night. It was senior night at Randolph, but it was the Aggies who left with a 42-20 win.

Fairview received the opening kickoff and was unable to gain a first down. After a Fairview punt, Randolph went 6 yards before punting the ball away. A 33-yard Raider punt put the Aggies starting on their own 25.

The Fairview offense started hitting on all cylinders with a strong running game by Tyvn Ellis. After a completed pass to J.T. White put the Aggies on the 5-yard line, Ellis took it in for the opening score with 7:36 left in the first.

The Raiders’ next drive was a three-and-out with a Levi Garner sack on the Randolph quarterback. Garner had three sacks on the night.

Fairview’s next drive stalled and the Raiders took over after a 44-yard punt. Starting at their own 10-yard line, the Raiders went 90 yards for their first touchdown with 34 seconds gone in the second quarter.

The Aggies put together a strong drive from their own 34-yard line thanks to excellent runs from the Fairview backs. Tyler Simmons scored from 6 yards out to cap off the drive, and with 7:24 left in the half, Fairview retook the lead at 14-7.

The Aggies played an almost flawless first half. Their only miscue of the half came on special teams as the snap sailed over the punters head, giving the ball to the Raiders on the Fairview 20-yard line. Randolph capitalized on the mistake and scored with 39 seconds left before halftime to make it a tied game at 14 at the break.

Following an excellent halftime performance by the Aggie Band, the Fairview offense came alive. Ellis scored on Fairview’s first possession of the third with a 51-yard run touchdown run that gave the Aggies a 21-14 lead.

The Aggie defense saw three different players come up with interceptions: Scott Perry, Eli Speegle and Simmons.

Mason Black scored next for the Aggies on a 35-yard screen pass in the third to give  Fairview a 28-14 lead with 1:53 left in the quarter, and Simmons scored again for the Aggies in the fourth on a 63-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds gone in the quarter to make it a 35-14 game.

The final score for the Aggies came from Ellis with a 2-yard plunge, and with 5:31 left in the game, Fairview led things 42-14.

The Raiders did manage to score one last time with 28 seconds left, but the PAT was missed, bringing the final score to Fairview 42, Randolph 20.

The Aggies will finish region play next week when they host Danville.

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