By Stephen Boyle - email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- Jon Moore found out he'd be starting at tailback for Randolph-Macon Academy on Tuesday. With regular quarterback Ryan Pile out with an arm infection, starting fullback Kevin Slaton moved to quarterback for Saturday's game against Quantico. That made Moore, who has been a scout team player since seventh grade, the starting fullback on Saturday.
"I was excited," the junior said after the game. "I always want more reps."
He made the most of his opportunity. In the Yellow Jackets' 41-14 victory, Moore was the star of the game. He carried the ball 15 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
"He came out and played like a ball of fire," said R-MA coach Frank Sullivan.
Quantico, which moves to 0-5 with the loss, kept the game close early with a touchdown by fullback Anthony Lemons late in the first quarter to make the score 7-6. Lemons had 17 carries for 49 yards, and halfback John Tagliabue had 17 carries for 68 yards.
"I think they put in a good effort," Warriors' coach Mike Green said. "We started off well."
It was Moore who helped the Yellow Jackets start to pull away in the second quarter. He hit the hole hard on an inside handoff, and blocking allowed him to get into the secondary. He stiff-armed the safety down and ran 40 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-6.
"I didn't believe I did it. I was excited," Moore said of the run. "I just want to get there as quick as possible, and I trust my linemen. I couldn't ask for better linemen."
The Yellow Jackets had two more long runs in the first half. One came when halfback Andre Lake took the ball in for a 56-yard score. Lake made the most of his 13 carries and rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns. The other long touchdown came after Moore made an interception as a linebacker. He took the very next play 34 yards up the middle and scored the Yellow Jackets' final touchdown of the first half. Randolph-Macon led 27-6 after two quarters.
"We were a little sporadic at the beginning, but overall I thought we played well," Sullivan said.
Quantico scored its only other points of the game on a 10-yard run by Tagliabue in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets responded with two scores in the fourth, both on runs by Lake. The win gives the Yellow Jackets a 2-3 record this season.