E.A. Sports Today

Up off the deck

Jacksonville bounces back from big opening play against it to crush Randolph in playoff opener

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE — There’s no better wake-up call for a defense than getting smacked in the mouth on the first play of the game.

Randolph’s Levon Fletcher did just that to Jacksonville on the first snap of Friday’s Class 4A playoff game. The Troy commit went off the right side for 64 yards and two plays later the Raiders had the lead.

But much like a boxer who gets knocked on his keister in the opening seconds of a prize fight, the Golden Eagles would have none of that anymore. They shut down Fletcher and the Raiders the rest of the game and went on to score a 43-13 victory for their first playoff win since 2014.

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