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East Bladen 33, E. Randolph 27 (OT)


Elizabethtown | East Bladen kept its chase for a state title alive on Friday night by defeating Eastern Randolph in an overtime thriller in the second round of the Class 2A state football playoffs.

"They played outstanding," coach Robbie Priest said of his Eagles (9-3). "We had some mistakes and all of that. Everything wasn't peachy but they kept their heads up, didn't get too high, didn't get too low, so I was pleased with that part."

After the Eagles scored on the first play in overtime to go ahead, senior Rasheem Keith ended the game with an interception in the end zone.

"The receiver was wide open in the end zone. Rasheem came out of nowhere and intercepted the pass to end it," Priest said. "You want your big players to make big plays."

It sets up a rematch with Waccamaw Conference rival South Columbus With the win, the Eagles advance to the quarterfinals of the state 2A playoffs where they'll host South Columbus, a team they defeated 28-6 earlier in the year.

"We have to make sure we work our butts off to get better this week," Priest said. "We just have to get better. Each week, if we're not getting better, I want them to get pissed off. Hopefully we'll go with that attitude and everything will go alright for us."