E.A. Sports Today

‘It wasn’t our day’

Turnovers and penalties do in Randolph County as the Tigers fall in Class 3A state title game

Randolph County's Aaron Knight (24) gets knocked out of bounds by Hillcrest's Kobe Bradley (1) and Andrae McMillian (above) and can't quite break the plane of the goal line (below). Knight did score on the next play. (Photos by Jeremy Wortham)

By Jeremy Wortham
For East Alabama Sports Today

TUSCALOOSA – The AHSAA Super 7 Championship games can be an exhausting grind full of wild swings of emotion, especially if you're coming into off a semifinals victory over Piedmont the way Randolph County did.

The Tigers went into the late stages of the fourth quarter looking for one more miracle finish, but it just didn’t happen.

Hillcrest-Evergreen's Andray Pope raced 71 yards for a touchdown with 2:30 to go -- one play after Randolph County’s fourth turnover of the game -- and crushed the Tigers’ hopes for glory 26-14 in the Class 3A state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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