E.A. Sports Today

Comeback classic

Randolph County rallies from early 21-point deficit, scores 28 in fourth quarter, twice in the final 90 seconds, to stun Piedmont and reach championship game

Randolph County's Anterio Hester (8) helps the officials make the call after teammate Aaron Knight finds the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 1.6 seconds to play Friday night. (Photo by Greg Warren)

"If you don't believe in these guys after tonight, you won't ever believe in them." --Randolph County defensive coordinator Steve Giddens

By East Alabama Sports Today

PIEDMONT – Pick any number of words to describe Friday night's Class 3A state semifinal between region rivals Piedmont and Randolph County and you still wouldn't have nearly enough.

In a game that will remembered as a classic in state football playoff history, Randolph County staged an incredible fourth quarter comeback that literally went down to the final second to stun two-time reigning state champion Piedmont 35-28 and earn a trip to the state championship game.

The Tigers (13-1) will play Hillcrest-Evergreen (13-1) in Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium Thursday at 11 a.m. for the Class 3A title that has resided in Piedmont the last two years. The Bulldogs had their 27-game home winning streak – the longest active streak in the state – and 36-game in-state winning streak snapped and finished the year 12-2.

To see a gallery of photos from the game, visit www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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