With Carrboro High’s Mid-State Conference opener set for this week, Jaguar coach Melvin Griffin wasn’t about to take a chances after highly-touted running back Trai Sharp injured his ankle in the first series of Friday night’s non-league game at Randleman High School.
Even without Sharp, the Jaguars had their chances, but the defense couldn’t stop future University of North Carolina recruit Juval Mollette as the Randleman wide receiver hauled in three long touchdown passes during a 27-20 victory for the Tigers at Charles R. Gregory Stadium.
The Jaguars (2-4), who have now lost four straight, head into Mid-State Conference play Friday against Bartlett Yancey. Randleman improved to 5-1.
“You have to take chances,” Griffin said of attempting to stop the 6-5 Mollette. “We’re an aggressive defense and we were hoping to put more pressure on the quarterback to make it difficult for him to throw.”
Sharp, who was recovering from a left ankle sprain, sprained his right ankle on his second carry of the game. That was a significant setback for Carrboro. Sharp, who is being recruited by numerous teams including UNC, left the game after carrying twice for 7 yards.
“I felt more comfortable as a head coach when he went out of the game because he is one of the most talented kids in North Carolina,” Randleman coach Shane Handy said about Sharp leaving the game. “Even without him, that is a good team over there. They were still able to run the ball.”
UNC head coach Larry Fedora flew in at halftime, spent most of the third quarter on the RHS sidelines and then headed out.
He missed Mollette’s two first-half touchdown receptions and his 53-yard reception in the second half for the winning score.
The Jaguars scored on their first possession of the game on a 16-yard TD run by Greyson Mcgee. Randleman answered with a 78-yard drive, capped by Jacar Green’s 10-yard run on a fourth-down-and-one play.
Randleman took the lead for good in the second quarter, helped by twice gaining possession inside the Carrboro 35-yard line. Mollette caught in a 32-yard touchdown throw by Judson Petty for one score, then hauled in a 38-yard heave on fourth-and-21 with just 11.5 seconds left in the first half, giving Randleman a 20-7 lead.
A 2-yard TD run by Carrboro’s Dan Blobe late in the third quarter pulled the Jaguars to within 20-14. Mollette then got behind the Carrboro secondary for a 53-yard touchdown reception from Petty to make it 27-14.
“That was one of the best passes I have ever seen in high school football,” Handy said.
The Jaguars responded with a touchdown drive, capped by Rowe Mellott’s 7-yard strike to Darius Glover with with 5:42 left on the clock.
Carrboro had one final chance, but a pass was picked off near midfield with 2:14 left, and the Tigers ran out the clock.
Mellott completed nine of 15 passes in the game for 47 yards and got 49 yards on seven carries.
Magee finished as Carrboor’s leading rusher with 72 yards on 16 carries. Dan Blobe added 40 yards on eight carries while Sam Blobe had 30 yards on eight rushes.