LEXINGTON, Va. - The Randolph-Macon football team rushed for 245 yards, while the Yellow Jacket defense held Washington and Lee to 144 yards on the ground, in a 23-7 victory on Saturday afternoon in the ODAC opener for both teams.
Score: Randolph-Macon 23, Washington and Lee 7
Location/Venue: Lexington, Va./Wilson Field
Records: R-MC 3-1, 1-0 ODAC; W&L 2-1, 0-1 ODAC
How It Happened
- On the first five possessions of the game, drives were ended with punts. The Generals started their third drive on their own 16, and a punt went out of bounds on the WL42. The Yellow Jackets ran six plays to move the ball to the WL12 as the first quarter ended. Senior Sean McDonald (Clarke County, Va./Clarke County) had four carries for 21 yards on the drive. Senior Eric Hoy (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) ran it in from 12 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to give R-MC a 7-0 lead.
- Following another General punt, the Yellow Jackets were stopped on 4th-and-1 from WL 16. The Generals drove 84 yards in five plays to tie the game with 8:14 left in the second period.
- After the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, R-MC moved 65 yards in nine plays to reach the end zone. Junior Burke Estes (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) hit junior Jordan Foster (Lynchburg, Va./Liberty Christian) on a two-yard TD pass as the Yellow Jackets took a 14-7 advantage with three minutes left in the first half.
- Each team punted twice to start the second half. Late in the third quarter, R-MC started on its own 17. The Yellow Jackets put together a 12-play drive, moving to the WL26. Sophomore Chris Vidal (Wake, N.C./Wake Forest) hit a career-long 43-yard field goal to give the visitors a 17-7 advantage with 12:16 left in the fourth quarter.
- After the R-MC defense held W&L to three-and-out, the Yellow Jackets put the game away with a 13-play TD drive, going 66 yards in 7:07. Estes hit senior Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) with a four-yard touchdown pass to give R-MC a 23-7 edge with 3:22 remaining.
- Junior Anthony Williams (Ashburn, Va./Woodgrove) picked off the first W&L pass on the initial play of the next drive as the Yellow Jackets secured the 23-7 win.
By The Numbers
- R-MC held the ball for 39:14, compared to 20:46 for W&L. In the second half, the Yellow Jackets had the ball for 23:08, while the Generals held the ball for just 6:52. W&L ran just 15 plays in the second half, compared to 40 for R-MC.
- The R-MC defense allowed W&L to convert just 2 of 10 third-down opportunities.
- Frederick carried the ball 29 times for 159 yards. He had four receptions for 30 yards and one touchdown.
- Estes completed 13 of 17 passes for 96 yards and two scores.
- In a game where field position was key, senior Julian Drew averaged 41.2 yards on five punts. He had a long punt of 58 yards and put two inside the W&L 20.
- Sophomore Tyler DeBerry (Greensboro, N.C./Page) paced the R-MC defense with eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss. Junior Bryan Sullivan (Boynton Beach, Fla./West Boca Raton) had seven tackles, with 2.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.
Randolph-Macon will host Guilford on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. on Day Field for Family Weekend.