Desperately needing a region win, the DAR Patriots got an outstanding performance from their defense to shut down the Randolph Raiders 21-7 in Huntsville last Friday.
With the win, DAR improved to 1-3 in Class 4A Region 7 and 2-4 overall. With the loss, Randolph fell to 2-2 and 2-4.
The Patriots got on the board first with 4:32 remaining in the opening quarter on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Justin Stubblefield. Brady Largen had a 15-yard reception and a 10-yard run on the two previous plays to set up the score. Gareth DuVall added the kick to make the score 7-0.
DAR built a two touchdown lead with 8:12 left in the 2nd quarter when Stubblefield completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ben Sutton to make the score 14-0. T.J. Leonard had a pair of 22-yard receptions on 3rd down to keep the drive alive.
The Raiders responded with an eight play, 60-yard drive scoring on a 6-yard run by Frederick Wessel to trim DAR’s lead to 14-7 with 4:35 to go in the 1st half.
Randolph took the 2nd half kickoff and drove to the DAR 23 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Patriots then drove deep into Raider territory before having a 32-yard field goal attempt blocked late in the 3rd quarter.
Once again, the Raiders used their ground game to drive into DAR territory before Matthew Doyle intercepted Major Dwyer’s pass at the 10-yard line to end the threat. DAR then put together a time consuming drive and scored on Stubblefield’s second touchdown pass to Sutton; this time from 6 yards out to extend the lead to 21-7 with 4:00 remaining in the game. Tyler Darling had a 23-yard run late in the drive to set up the score.
Randolph’s bid for a comeback ended when Cameron Lindsay picked off Dwyer’s pass at the DAR 22. The Patriots then ran out the clock for the win.
Stubblefield ended the night passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 13 times for 51 yards and another score. Sutton made the most of his two receptions scoring a touchdown on each one. Leonard had a huge night with 8 receptions for 184 yards. Darling finished the night with 57 yards on 15 carries while Largen added 36 yards on 7 carries.
The big defensive effort started with defensive linemen Carson Dennis and Charles Brown. Both led the team with 6 tackles each. Seth Esslinger and Leonard were close behind with 5 each. Doyle and Lindsay each recorded huge interceptions in the 4th quarter.
These were the unofficial stats:
Yards Passing 208
Total Yards 352
1st Downs 17
Yards Passing 41
Total Yards 197
1st Downs 15
The Patriots will be looking to get another region win this week when they travel to Danville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night.