Andrews bounces back with big win

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

T.W. Andrews made it clear that it’s a very good football team.

After struggling in the second half in losing to High Point Central last week, the Red Raiders roared past Southwest Guilford 66-0 on Friday night in Simeon Stadium — dominating virtually the entire game, both on offense and defense.

“The intensity was high in practice (this week),” senior quarterback Lamar Raynard said. “No playing around, we were focused the whole time, and it showed tonight. We played good tonight. After we lost the first game last year, we had the same mentality. We’re going to focus and play football, and that’s what we did tonight too.”

Andrews (1-1) totaled 565 yards while limiting the Cowboys (1-1) to just 76. From the opening play of the game — scoring on a safety — to their final — a 1-yard touchdown in the final minute — the Red Raiders simply controlled the game.

Senior fullback Marquell Cartwright ran for 139 yards — including 123 in the first half — and one TD while junior running backs Rontei Wilkes and Delmonico Hill each added two short-yardage TDs to lead Andrews’ ground game.

Meanwhile, Raynard completed 11 of 18 passes for 224 yards and two TDs, hitting senior receiver Justin Lea six times for 170 yards and one TD. After missing on his first three attempts, Raynard found a rhythm and completed his final seven of the first half.

“We didn’t run the ball well, but we threw the ball well in the first half because I thought they gave us some stuff,” coach Rodney McKoy said. “We kind of took advantage of that, and I thought we played well enough in the first half.

“We made some things happen, the breaks went our way, and we took advantage of them. So, I was pleased with how we played. … On tape, I thought (Southwest) was pretty decent and personnel-wise as good as we’ve seen. So, I thought we played well.”

On the other side, Southwest couldn’t get much of anything going. There were a couple flashes, like recovering an onside kick to start the second half and moving into the red zone. But the Red Raiders, like they did all game, kept them off the board.

It was a far cry from last week’s 28-14 win at Rockingham County, but it wasn’t anything to get too worked up over, coach Eric Rainey said. While they didn’t play how they’d like, the Cowboys will move past it in preparing to host Ledford this week.

Christian Shipman had 39 yards to lead Southwest’s running game, which was hemmed in my Andrews’ size and quickness, while Rick Mack added 28 yards. Tamarius Howze added three catches for 33 yards.

“We came out nervous,” Rainey said. “I don’t know if it’s Andrews or what, but we came out nervous and they jumped on us early. We just couldn’t recover. And they’re a very strong, physical team. A team like that, you just can’t get down early.

“We did not play like how we played last week. Last week we played loose, relaxed and confident. This week we came out nervous, apprehensive. We were a different team. So, it’s going back to work. We’re still a very good football team. It’s believing in ourselves.”