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R-MC Football Runs its Way to a 49-33 Win Over Bethany

Sanders running behind blockers.
Sanders running behind blockers

ASHLAND, VA -- Randolph-Macon running backs Drake Sanders and Will McGhee each ran for over 100 yards on the day as the Yellow Jackets topped visiting Bethany 49-33 on Saturday afternoon.

McGhee ran for 148 yards in win, while Sanders carried the ball 24 times for 116 yards.  The duo helped R-MC rack up 281 yards via the ground.   The Jackets rushed the ball 53 times, averaging over five yards a carry and helped the offense roll up 510 yards of total offense.

R-MC (2-1) quarterback Zac Naccarato was an efficient 15-of-18 for 229 yards and four touchdown tosses on the day.    Naccarato completed passes to seven different receivers on Saturday with Vance Hendren and Christian Cook each pulling in a team-best four balls.

Bethany (0-2) wasted no time getting the offense going, hitting on a 44 yard pass on the first play of the game to put themselves deep inside R-MC territory and the Bison would hit pay dirt four plays later on a D.J. Lesane 12 yard run.

On R-MC's second possession of the game, it strung together an 11 play drive that spanned over five minutes and covered 61 yards, the last being a Sanders plunge from one yard out.  The Jackets' two-point conversion failed to leave it 7-6 in favor of Bethany.

The Yellow Jackets next possession started at the end of the first quarter and they would need just six plays to take the lead.  McGhee scored from one yard out to put R-MC up 14-7 with 12:32 to go in the half.

Cornerback Brandon Harrison then got the ball right back for R-MC, picking off BC quarterback Matt Grimard and returning the ball back to the Bison 13 yard line.   Naccarato found Hendren one play later to put R-MC out in front 21-7.

The teams exchanged touchdowns to end the half and send R-MC into the break with a 28-20 lead.

After R-MC's initial drive of the second-half stalled, it capitalized on a Bethany turnover on the first play of its possession, getting the ball back on the Bison 18 yard line.

A Naccarto one yard keeper pushed R-MC to a 35-20 advantage but Bethany responded right back, going 67 yards in four plays with Grimard scoring from four yards out to pull BC within eight at 35-27.

On Randolph-Macon ensuing possession Naccarato used a play-action pass to free up Luke Sellers behind the Bison defense and the duo connected on a 44 yard scoring strike to give R-MC a 42-27 advantage after three quarters.

The Jackets would put the game away halfway through the final quarter when Naccarato found a diving Dan Crouch from nine yards out to put R-MC ahead 49-27 7:21 to go in the game.

Grimard ran for 124 yards and three scores as well as 239 yards through the air on 14-of-28 passing.  Jonathan Foster was Grimard's favorite target, hauling in eight passes for 96 yards.

Danny Hunt had nine tackles the day and recovered a fumble.   David Fetter had four tackles and Tom Solak had four solo stops on the day for R-MC.

Randolph-Macon will be off next week, before opening ODAC play at Emory & Henry on September 29th.

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