MONTEZUMA -- Tijea Randall knows it’s good night when he’s 5 yards up the field before a defender touches him.
Randall had plenty of those runs Friday night at Adams-Maffett Field.
Bleckley County’s near 300-pound fullback led a punishing effort against the Macon County defense as the Royals rolled to a 51-0 win in a GHSA Region 4-AA matchup.
Randall rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns as three Royals rushed for more than 80 yards, led by Tavon Ross’ 105 in an offensive onslaught against the Bulldogs. Five different rushers scored seven touchdowns on the ground for the Royals, who didn’t attempt a pass during their 35-point second half.
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“We just came out to play hard and do what we do and get a win,” Randall said.
The Royals (5-1, 3-0) were just as impressive on defense, creating five turnovers and limiting Macon County to 41 rushing yards on 29 carries and 59 total yards. The Bulldogs (2-4, 2-1) were coming off games in which they scored 55 and 49 points, respectively.
“We thought from the film they could score some points and had big-play ability,” Bleckley County head coach Tracy White said. “We played extremely well. Macon County is a good team.”
Macon County’s only real scoring threat came on an interception by Deon Joiner. The senior linebacker caught the ball in stride and eventually pulled away from everyone on the way to a 95-yard touchdown that cut Bleckley County’s lead to 16-6. The Bulldogs, however, were flagged for an illegal block on the return, and they fumbled the ball away in Bleckley County territory a few plays later. Macon County was also with starting quarterback Detrick Clark for most of the game after the junior took a vicious hit in the second quarter. He returned for one series, and the Bulldogs ran read options on all but three plays the rest of the game.
“I thought we were ready for big games like this, but we’re not yet there,” Macon County head coach Larry Harold said. “We didn’t show up ready, and that shouldn’t take anything away from a great Bleckley County team. We’re trying to rebuild here, and I’m disappointed we didn’t have better effort.”
After a quiet first quarter, Bleckley County jumped on the scoreboard on a pair of 3-yard touchdown runs by Randall. In between, the Bleckley County defense tackled Macon County’s backup quarterback in the end zone for a safety, and the Royals led 16-0 at the half.
Bleckley County poured on the offense in the third quarter, scoring 21 points in a span of four minutes. Ross scored on a 6-yard keeper on the opening drive of the second half, and Ken Hughes and Derrick Farrow added short touchdown runs following two Macon County turnovers to cap the flurry. The Royals added their fourth touchdown of the third quarter on a 44-yard quarterback keeper by Ross. The Royals forced one last turnover -- Macon County’s fifth of the game -- and opened the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Dre Pitts.