LINDEN— North Montgomery’s rushing attack abused the Benton Central defense in their matchup on Aug. 19.

The Chargers collected 218 yards on the ground, more than half of those yards were gathered by the feet of senior Caleb Randolph.

Randolph ran the ball 16 times for 119 yards, scored twice and even managed to intercept Benton Central quarterback Koltin Tucker twice while playing defensive back.

Randolph was asked if he was expected to have such a workload in Friday’s game, he gathered what he could of his breath and chuckled a no. This was quite a performance for someone who has not played a quarter of football since junior high school.

“It felt right to get back out there.” Randolph said. “The offensive line really worked together to open up some holes.”

Randolph got his first high school touchdown plowing through a hole on the right side of the line with 1:54 left in the first. His second rushing touchdown came in the form of a 19-yard sprint with 2:41 left in the first half.

Randolph joked and said the contact he took tonight didn’t feel as different from playing basketball.

“Being a point guard, no.” Randolph joked.

Senior Nate Emmert matched his rushing totals from the scrimmage on Aug. 12, eight carries for 43 yards. Quarterback Collin Knecht even managed to rush for double figures as he finished with 17 yards on his five carries.

Knecht finished the game in the air going 15-28 for 195 yards and no interceptions. He found his 6-foot-5 tight end Isaac Fruits six times for 75 yards and a Hail Mary touchdown to end the first half.

“I thought the line played well.” Head coach Josh Thompson said. “Our offense just has to maintain its consistency—when we are consistent we move the ball.”

Benton Central scored its points in the fourth when North Montgomery took out a few players from its first-team defensive unit.

North Montgomery will stay home for its Aug. 26 matchup against Owen Valley. That game will start at 7:30 p.m.