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Burdette Leads Dominant R-MC Defense in 31-10 ODAC Win over GC

Mitchell Burdette tackle
Mitchell Burdette tackle

ASHLAND, Va. - Senior defensive end Cole Burdette (Frederick, Md./Urbana) had 11 tackles, including three for loss, as the Randolph-Macon defense held an opponent to a season-low 10 points for the second consecutive week in a 31-10 ODAC victory over Guilford Saturday afternoon at Day Field on Senior Day.

With losses suffered by Washington & Lee and Shenandoah on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets (8-1, 5-1 ODAC) sits alone in first in the ODAC standings. R-MC claims the ODAC crown and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a victory next Saturday in The Game at Hampden-Sydney.

The Quakers (4-5, 1-5 ODAC) took the opening kickoff and drove to the R-MC 2 before a fumble halted the drive. The Yellow Jackets returned the favor and fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, giving the ball back to GC on the R-MC 15. The Quakers needed just five plays to reach the end zone to take a 7-0 lead with 11:35 left in the first period.

R-MC struggled to move the ball on its next four possessions, continuing to trail by seven. Guilford moved to the R-MC 25 in the second quarter and a 42-yard field goal gave the visitors a 10-0 advantage with 8:57 left in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets made a change at quarterback, bringing in freshman Burke Estes (New Hanover, N.C./New Hanover) off the bench. Estes led R-MC on an eight-play, 66-yard scoring drive, hitting sophomore Sean McDonald (Boyce, Va./Clarke County) with a 15-yard TD toss to pull R-MC with three at 10-7 with 5:14 left until intermission.

Senior Marcus Mitchell (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) picked off a pass two plays later, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball on the GC 36. R-MC ran eight rushing plays and reached the end zone on a one-yard run by sophomore Eric Hoy (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) as the Yellow Jackets took their first lead at 14-10 with 1:04 remaining until halftime.

R-MC had the ball first to start the second half and moved to the GC 17, where junior Seth Yurgel (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) hit a 34-yard field goal to extend the lead for the Yellow Jackets to 17-10.

Late in the third quarter, R-MC took over on its 19 and put together a 9-play, 81-yard scoring drive, as Estes hit sophomore Christian Redman (North Chesterfield, Va./James River) for a 13-yard scoring strike to give the home team a 24-10 lead with 11:58 left in the contest.

Late in the final period, the Quakers were stopped on fourth down on their own 20. Sophomore Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) found the end zone on the first run from scrimmage as the advantage ballooned to 31-10 with 3:18 remaining.

Frederick finished with 144 rushing yards on 35 carries. Estes hit 9 of 16 passes for 126 yards and two TDs.

R-MC entered the game ranked fifth in time of possession and held an advantage of 37:58 to 22:02 against GC, including 21:24 to 8:36 in the second half.

GC was third in the country in offensive first downs with 230, averaging nearly 30 per game, but was held to just 11, including three in the second half. The Quakers were sixth in the nation in total offense with 534.1 yards per game and were held to 253 yards against the Yellow Jackets.

Burdette had three tackles for loss for minus-16 yards, including a pair of QB sacks. Senior Michael Farry (Woodbridge, Va/Forest Park) had seven tackles and one tackle for loss.