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Randle leads Southeast's offensive explosion

Southeast running back Joseph Randle slammed his hand into the ground to illustrate his frustration.

Most of that frustrations stemmed from Southeast's disappointing losing record entering Thursday night's City League game against North, but this time it was because of a failed fourth down conversion.

The next time Randle touched the ball, he released some of his pent-up anger on a 51-yard touchdown run, showing a great burst of speed. The score started a string of six straight unanswered touchdowns in Southeast's 47-18 victory.

"I'm sure he's been frustrated," Southeast coach Gary Guzman said. "Not so much about his running, probably more so with the team's performance."

Randle finished with a season-high 236 rushing yards and three touchdowns with six runs of 10-or-more yards. Jeremiah Plowden scored two rushing touchdowns and also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Despite the disparity in the final score, North was actually the more impressive team early.

Spreading the field and rotating Briston White and Grail Brewster at quarterback allowed the two speedsters room to run, and White finished with 213 rushing yards. North converted 14 first downs and took up more than 15 minutes of the clock in the first half.

Brewster scored from four yards out for a 12-8 lead with just under two minutes in the half before Randle took it right back on his long run.

"Every play I try to score," Randle said. "Every play. It's kind of difficult when you're tired from playing defense the whole game. But it pays off. I like playing both ways."

The next two drives for North changed the game.

The Redskins drove inside Southeast's 15-yard-line right before half, but four plays didn't produce any points and the half ended with Southeast leading 14-12.

After a Randle touchdown put Southeast up by more than a touchdown, North pieced together a seven-minute, 17-play drive that had eight snaps inside Southeast's 15-yard line but ended on a failed fourth-down run.

"We really just wanted to play as a unit on defense," Plowden said. "We wanted to play hard and stop them from getting in the end zone because we knew that would have changed the game around."

North's first five drives of the second half ended in three fumbles and two turnovers on downs.

With the win, Southeast evens its record to 3-3 entering district play.

"I knew it would take time," Randle said. "When it did (turn around), I knew we'd go into district with a win. That was the most important thing."

North (1-4, 1-5) 8 6 0 6 — 18 Southeast (3-2, 3-3) 8 6 14 19 — 47

SE— Randle 1 run (Parks from Taylor)

N—White 7 run (run failed)

N—Brewster 4 run (run failed)

SE—Randle 51 run (pass failed)

SE—Randle 4 run (Rhodes kick)

SE—Plowden 3 run (Rhodes kick)

SE—Plowden 4 fumble return (kick blocked)

SE—Plowden 25 run (Rhodes kick)

SE—Smith 51 run (pass failed)

N—Brewster 24 run (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing—North, White 31-213, Brewster 15-70, Dukes 6-40, Davis 3-2; Southeast, Randle 20-236, Smith 5-82, Plowden 7-61, Tillman 1-(-4), Parks 3-(-5).

Passing—North, White 3-11-26-0, Brewster 0-4-0-0; Southeast, Plowden 1-3-29-0, Parks 0-1-0-1.

Receiving—North, Gray 3-26; Southeast, Randle 1-29.

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