Quakers pound Yellow Jackets, 66-6

By Jim Laise sports@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL — You know it’s not your day when your punter is your stand-out player.

But that’s what happened Saturday on Riddick Field when Sidwell Friends of Washington, D.C., trounced Randolph-Macon Academy 66-6 in a game that actually had a pulse after one quarter.

The Quaker defense allowed no offensive touchdowns and only 54 yards on a brutally hot afternoon and Sidwell quarterback Ted Hefter had an outstanding day in the visitors’ (1-0) first game of the season. Meanwhile, R-MA dropped to 0-2.

“We didn’t score an offensive touchdown and their defense handled us up front. After a game like this you try to forget it and move on,” said R-MA coach Frank Sullivan.

“Move on” is what Sidwell did with 6-foot-2, 206-pound Lindon Harris and 6-1, 250-pound Miles Brown on their defensive front, making life miserable for Yellow Jacket quarterback Peter Blair. The latter lost 40 yards on the day mostly due to sacks.

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Ted Hefter picked up where he left off last year when he threw for 1,762 yards and 26 touchdowns. Saturday, the signal caller completed 14 of 22 throws for 236 yards and four scores.

“We’ve got a pretty good quarterback and he’s a junior coming back from a good season,” said Sidwell head coach John Simon, who subbed out his starting QB in the fourth quarter.

“I hate to see a score like this but this was our first game and we subbed in some jayvees in the fourth quarter to see what they could do.”

Five different Quakers scored on the afternoon, led by junior running back Terrance Horne, who produced three touchdowns. Brown, playing fullback on offense, scored twice.

Josh Portnoy caught 3 passes for 103 yards and two scores. In all, the visitors put up 448 yards of total offense.

“We were in it there for a while and then it got away from us,” said Sullivan.

Sidwell started the scoring after fleet return man Dylan Greynolds (2 returns, 54 yards) took the opening kick all the way to the Yellow Jacket 7-yard line.

Touchdown No. 1 was rung up when Hefter, on third down, fired a 6-yard touchdown pass to Portnoy. The extra-point kick was blocked. The Quakers had the early 6-0 lead with 7:19 showing in the first period.

Then, for the only time of the afternoon, the Yellow Jackets made it interesting. A swarm of them sacked Hefter, who fumbled into the clasp of George Pitts who carried the ball into the end zone. The point-after was blocked but with 3:11 to go in the first, the home team had tied it at 6-all.

Subsequently, on second-and-short, Hefter combined on a 47-yard pass-and-run with Greynolds, who carried all the way to the five. Horne burst over from there for his first score. The two-point try was good and Sidwell held a 14-6 lead with 2:11 to go in the first quarter.

Mark Chichester then turned the ball over — this time on a lost fumble — for the second time for the visitors. R-MA had the ball deep in Sidwell territory but could do nothing with it.

As the heat picked up, so did the Quaker rush. Harrison sacked R-MA quarterback Blair who fumbled the ball into the hands of one of the Sidwell defenders.

Quickly Hefter went to work finding Portnoy for a 36-yard touchdown pass and the Quakers tacked on a two-point conversion to lead 22-6 with 5:29 left in the half.

The next time R-MA took possession, it was like déjà vu all over again. Harris and Brown met at the quarterback for a seven-yard sack. Austin Lee, who rushed 13 times for 52 yards, got off a 12-yard run. However, he fumbled at the end of the carry.

When his team got the ball, Hefter found Horne wide open on a diagonal pass from his right to the left and the running back streaked for a 29-yard touchdown. The extra-point deuce was good and the visitors owned a 30-6 advantage with 3:38 to go until intermission.

Hefter and Oscar Boochover combined for a 49-yard touchdown play, though the two-pointer was blocked. It was 36-6 at halftime.

Meanwhile, 6-5 punter Paul Miller was a busy man for R-MA. He booted the ball nine times for a 28.4-yard average.

R-MA played without running back Timmy Idowu and lineman Scott Donahue, both of whom were in street clothes for the game.

“They have some really good linemen and play well fundamentally,” said Sullivan.