RED SPRINGS — The Red Devils dominated every aspect of Friday night’s season opener against the Sandhills Titans, winning 52-6.
Less than a minute into the game senior running back Ronald Alexander struck from 12 yards out, with Deondre Hallman tacking on the two-point conversion. Red Springs led 8-0 and would never trail.
Hallman struck against on first and goal from the 5. Alexander took another stride into the end zone, going up the middle for 37 yards.
For a change of pace, wide receiver Amire West caught a pass from quarterback Toddrick Lockhart for a 13-yard touchdown.
The Red Devils led 26-0 with 3 minutes left in the first quarter.
On a rare defensive letdown for Red Springs, Sandhills scored on the next drive with a long run down the sideline. But it would be the Titans’ only highlight of the evening.
The scores for Red Springs continued in the second quarter, turning a solid game into a rout. Senior running back Montae Alford scored on 2nd down and 8 from the 22, and kicker Ervin Hunt added an extra point. Junior Cornerback Tony Colson hauled in an interceptions and ran it back 44 yards for a Red Devil touchdown. Alexander scored from two yards out, followed by another made extra-point, and Red Springs led 45-6 at the half.
The only touchdown of the second half came midway through the fourth quarter as senior running back Christian Strong converted on third down and short in the red zone, for a 5-yard score.
Otherwise the Red Devil reserves and underclassmen would dominate the low-scoring second half.
Following the game, head coach Ron Cook told the Robesonian that he was pleased with many aspects of the team’s play, despite some minor errors.
He was especially pleased with the strong achievements of several young players who stepped up, especially during the second half. Oliver Brooks, a freshman, intercepted a long Titans’ pass in the 4th quarter to halt a Sandhills drive.
Safety Tony Colson, a junior, also had a major interception.
Running back Javon Simmons had a strong performance for the Red Devils in the closing minutes and would likely have scored if the clock had not been allowed to run out on a fourth and goal to end the game.
“He works his tail off and doesn’t complain,” the coach said of Simmons.
Red Springs will face county rival Purnell Swett next week.
Editor’s note: The print version of this article gave an incorrect final score. The correct score was Red Springs 52, Sandhills Titans 6.