Running away from the Tornadoes

First Posted: 11/14/2014

FARMVILLE — The Fairmont football team didn’t have much to cheer about on Friday night at Farmville, as Farmville Central dispatched the Golden Tornadoes easily in a 55-12 win in the opening round of the North Carolina 2A football playoffs.

Fairmont coach Randy Ragland said he wasn’t expecting the lopsided result in the first round.

“I didn’t see that coming to be honest with you,” Ragland said. “They’re a good football team and we haven’t been that good against good football teams that are smash mouth like that. It’s disappointing obviously that we didn’t play any better than we did tonight.”

The Jaguars saw Curly Sparks IV and Kashon Baker both eclipse the 100 yard mark in the first half as Farmville scored on all seven of their first-half possessions. The two finished with five touchdowns between them and 327 yards rushing.

“They are good football players,” Farmville coach Scott Gardner said. “We have some really talented athletes, big strong kids that can run on this team.”

The Jaguars also saw a big night from Malik Smith, who rushed for two redzone touchdowns.

The Jaguar defense limited the Golden Tornadoes to only two scores: One on their second drive on a touchdown pass from Julius Caulder to Shaikeem Lambert and the second a one yard run by Caulder in the third quarter.

Gardner said they mixed up some of their coverages to limit the Fairmont offense knowing they can be dangerous once they get into a rhythm.

“Coach Polk played at East Carolina, he’s come in as our defensive coordinator and he has done a great job with them,” he said. “(We) tried to take (Fairmont) out of what they did tonight and I thought we did a fantastic job of that.”

Caulder finished the night with 176 yards and two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. Ragland had high praise for his sophomore quarterback after the game.

“He’s grown so much since the first game and really taken over and managed the offense well,” he said. “He’s probably as good as any sophomore I have ever had that I’ve started as a sophomore.”

The Golden Tornadoes are a young team and should be returning most of their senior players next season, and Ragland said this loss should be motivation for them next season.

“Our big thing right now is we just have to get in the weight room and get to work,” he said. “That’s my main focus right now. We just have to be diligent about what we do, get in the weight room and get back on track.”