A bruised and battered Vinemont football team ended its season Friday at home with a 39-20 loss to Randolph after battling back from a 33-6 halftime deficit.
The Raiders jumped out to a quick lead in the first half — including two lengthy fourth-down passes for touchdowns — though the Eagles poured on some points and made it a game by the fourth quarter.
Vinemont (3-7) rushed for 337 yards. John Michael Dye leading the charge with more than 170 yards and a touchdown. Orey Woods added 100 yards and a score of his own. The Eagles completed one pass on the night — a two-point conversion from Garrett Boland to Sam Wood.
The Eagles started the year on a three-game winning streak, but after losing eight starters to injuries over the course of the season, they closed on a seven-game skid.
“Tonight was kind of a picture of our season a little bit in a lot of ways,” coach Alan Scott said. “We made mistakes early in the game, and special teams, defense and the offense couldn’t get a lot going. We allowed a team to get a good-sized lead on us, then in the second half we fought like crazy. I really hate it for our seniors because it didn’t end well, but those guys really have meant a lot to our program.”
Looking toward next season, Scott said at least half of those injured players should be back. He also expects some of this year’s younger players to step up and contribute even more.
“We had a lot of young guys contribute this year on both sides of the ball, and that’s a good thing,” he said. “We’re hoping a lot of guys can come back and contribute. And as they say, the sun will come up tomorrow.”
% The Times’ Trent Moore contributed to this report.