THOMASVILLE — Thomasville may be destined for the postseason, but where it’s headed and as what seed is still to be determined.

The Bulldogs lost their second straight Region 1-AA game Friday night 28-14 to Randolph-Clay. Thomasville fell into third place with a 5-2 region record behind Fitzgerald at 7-0 and Early County at 6-1.

The Bulldogs play the Bobcats next week with second place and a home playoff game on the line.

Against the Bobcats, Thomasville (5-4, 5-2) will need a better showing than the one it displayed against the Red Devils.

Randolph-Clay (5-4, 3-4) ran for 186 yards and limited Thomasville to just two second-quarter touchdowns.

“Thomasville’s a very good football team,” said Red Devils coach Josh Lowe. “They played hard. I know it’s their homecoming, and they played hard and showed a lot of class tonight.

“It was a good team win for us. I felt like offensively, defensively and special teams all played well.”

Randolph-Clay was led by its star junior running back, Chris Clay. The region’s leading rusher accounted for 183 yards in only three quarters. He was held out of the first period.

Clay highlighted the evening with a dazzling 54-yard touchdown scamper, weaving his way around Bulldogs’ defenders.

“Chris Clay ran extremely hard all night,” said Lowe. Clay’s season rushing totals now stand at 1,358 yards.

Lowe credited his players in the trenches for the team’s offensive success.

“Our offensive line stepped up and played one of the best games they’ve played this year,” said Lowe.

Other than a 6-yard Jamarcez Carr touchdown run and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick Dixon to Freddrick Holton, Thomasville’s offense struggled to move the ball. The Bulldogs struggled with motion penalties and fumbles, putting the ball on the ground three times.

“We just didn’t have any focus tonight,” said Thomasville coach Richie Marsh. “They came excited to play, and they beat us.”

A key play in the game occurred in the second quarter. Following Holton’s touchdown that gave Thomasville a 14-6 lead, the ensuing kickoff sailed into the arms of Jeremy Reynolds, who motored past the Thomasville defenders for an 81-yard score.

“That was huge momentum,” said Lowe.

“Jeremy Reynolds is the fastest player on our team. He runs about a 4.38 40 or so. He hit that and I thought when he got the lane, he was going to be gone.”

Tyrone Williams led Thomasville with 75 rushing yards on 17 carries. Lanoris Christopher added 42.

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