ASHLAND, Va. – Freshman Christian Redman (North Chesterfield, Va./James River) corralled seven passes for 100 yards as the Randolph-Macon football team dropped a 21-17 ODAC decision to No. 25 Washington and Lee Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd of 3,213 at Day Field.
The defense of the Yellow Jackets (1-5, 0-3 ODAC) stopped the Generals (6-0, 3-0 ODAC) on a fourth-and-two play at the W&L 49 on the first drive of the game. R-MC moved the ball to the W&L 14, where junior Seth Yurgel (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) nailed a 31-yard field goal to give the home team a 3-0 lead with 8:46 left in the opening period.
R-MC drove 50 yards early in the second quarter and senior quarterback Bubby Morgan (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) took it the final five yards for a touchdown as the Yellow Jackets extended the lead to 10-0. R-MC lost a pair of interceptions later in the period and took a 10-0 lead to the locker room at intermission.
The Generals reached the end zone twice in the third quarter, taking a 14-10 advantage. R-MC took over on its own 33 with 43 seconds left in the third period. Freshman Billy Sheehan (Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove) hit Redman on a 46-yard completion to the W&L 21. Five plays later, Sheehan found junior Steven Quinn (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run) for a four-yard scoring pass as the Yellow Jackets reclaimed the lead at 17-14 with 13:05 left in regulation.
R-MC stopped W&L on its next drive, but the Yellow Jackets were held on their own 45 on their next possession. Junior Colin McFadden (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) nailed a 52-yard punt and pinned the Generals at their own three with 6:16 remaining. W&L drove 97 yards in 11 plays, taking a 21-17 lead with 1:35 left. The Yellow Jackets had four incompletions on their next possession and W&L was able to run out the clock and claim the victory.
Senior John Byrd (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) led the R-MC ground attack with 83 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Randolph-Macon hits the road next weekend for a 1 p.m. ODAC contest at Guilford on Saturday, Oct. 24.