By Josh Dorsey - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Randolph-Macon Academy fell to 0-2 on the season Saturday afternoon after losing to Greenbrier Christian Academy, 33-6.
The Yellow Jackets held Greenbrier in check for most of the first half by recording three drive-killing sacks and a timely interception by sophomore defensive back Seth Conner in the end zone.
With 2:29 left in the first half, R-MA's lack of depth began to show when Greenbrier capped off a 50-yard drive with a 10-yard T.J. Reynard touchdown run.
"I thought the defense played well for 2 1/2 quarters," R-MA head coach Frank Sullivan said. "I thought the defense kept us in the game, but we have three guys going both ways playing everything and they just ran out of gas a little earlier than we anticipated."
Reynard and the Gators kept their momentum after halftime and the Yellow Jackets showed their exhaustion by missing several tackles on an electrifying 60-yard touchdown run by Reynard.
Field position was also a problem for R-MA.
"We are just lacking in the punting game as it was last week," Sullivan said. "We gave up three short fields last week in the first quarter and we will just keep working on it."
Greenbrier capped off another drive, with 7:08 left in the third quarter, by senior fullback Tyler Wynn that put the Gators three scores ahead.
On Greenbrier's next possession, the R-MA defense forced their second turnover of the game by forcing a fumble by Wynn. The fumble stole some momentum back and led to a long run by freshman running back Kevin Slaton-Dixon that was finally punched into the end zone by Cooper Bourdon with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Slaton-Dixon had some of the only fresh legs on R-MA in the second half after missing the first half of the game with an apparent neck injury.
Momentum for the Yellow Jackets wouldn't last very long when Reynard added his third touchdown of the game with 8:59 left.
The Gators (3-0) put the final nail in the coffin with a 48-yard touchdown run by senior running back Nick Newton and then forced an R-MA fumble on the Yellow Jackets' final possession.
Sullivan was not impressed with his offense for the second straight week. The Yellow Jackets have managed just six points in their first two games.
"Offensively we stunk," he said. "Our offensive line at times played good as individuals, but that's not what offensive line is all about. I thought Slaton ran the ball hard and I thought Cooper [Bourdon] ran the ball hard, but it was sort of hit or miss."
The task for their first win doesn't get any easier next week as R-MA will host St. James (3-0).