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Southwestern Randolph coach Seth Baxter is look toward another stellar season this year.

Cougars appear primed for another fast start

By MIKE DUPREZ

Randolph Hub

 

Southwestern Randolph made history in 2021, going 8-3 and and getting a home playoff game for the first time in school history.

 

Much of that good record was built on the strength of a 5-0 run through the non-conference part of the schedule. The Cougars appear primed to do that again as they look to have another solid football season. Their five non-conference foes were a combined 8-41 last year.

 

Adam Cole is back for his senior season and that’s a great thing for the Cougars. He’ll get the ball a bunch on offense and he’ll be trying to steal it a bunch on defense again. The biggest question mark is behind center since all-conference quarterback Keaton Reed graduated.

 

A turbocharged non-conference start would help. Here’s how it looks.

 

The Cougars open at home with Jordan-Matthews, a team they beat 45-0 last year. J-M went on to have a 1-9 season.

 

Next up is a game at South Stanly, a team the Cougars walloped 55-6 last year. South Stanly finished 2-8.

 

Then the Cougars host West Davidson, who they crushed 57-10 last season. West Davidson wound up 2-7. The Green Dragons do have a new coach in Brian Billings and they return two-way star Joseph Baker, who accounted for 1,016 yards of total offense last season.

 

Southwestern Randolph then travels to Albemarle, a team it did not play last year. The Bulldogs,   a former 1-A state power, were 2-8 last season. Albemarle replaces Starmount on the schedule. The Cougars beat Starmount 42-30.

 

The final non-conference game is against crosstown rival Asheboro. Of course anything can happen in these rivalry games and last year’s game was a 17-7 slog, won by the Cougars. Asheboro used its size to slow down the high octane Cougars. The Blue Comets ended up with a 1-9 record and have their own question marks entering the 2022 season.

 

It all adds up to a likely 5-0 start to the 2022 season for Southwestern Randolph. That’s something they would gladly take every year.