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First Friday Night MVPs of Week 1: Nic Strong & Andrew Hunter

Randolph standouts Nic Strong & Andrew Hunter played a huge role in the Raiders win over Madison Academy. For their efforts, they were awarded Co-MVPs of the week.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — History! That's what Randolph made last week in a 46-33 win over Madison Academy.

 "I think a lot of our guys, a lot of our faculty, staff, you know who's been here for a long time kind of secretly had this game circled," says Coach David Lloyd.

The Raiders had never beaten the Mustangs prior to Friday and at the center the historic victory were Randolph seniors Nic Strong and Andrew Hunter.

"That's the most locked in I've ever been for a game, everyone was," says Andrew Hunter. "I guess from the start that's really, not only me but everyone was just so locked in."

"When I caught the wheel route down the field, that was like my third touchdown," says Nic Strong. "That was the max I ever had ever in high school so I was like 'yeah this gonna be that game'. It was like third quarter, early in the third quarter when I scored so I was like yeah this is gonna be the game when I get a lot of touchdowns."

It definitely was that game as Strong racked up 195 total yards and five touchdowns. Then not to be outdone by his friend quarterback Andrew Hunter passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns himself.

"These guys, they're just really close," says Coach Lloyd. "They understand each other. They know that each other's gonna put the work in during the week to prepare for Friday and they both know on Friday they're probably going to get the best out of each other. And whether they know it or not, those two make each other better."

For their efforts Strong and Hunter have been named First Down Friday Night co-MVPs of the Week which is brought to you by Whataburger.

These friends since fifth grade says these are the things we don't see that make them so successful under the Friday night lights. 

"They don't see the countless hours we do in the weight room, on our own," says Strong. "In the classroom even they don't see any of that stuff they don't see any of the work that we're doing behind closed doors that are gonna let us win on Friday Nights."

"A lot of guys will come up here Saturday, throw the ball around, work on routes, practice every day high intensity, working out, just everything comes together" says Hunter.

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