Football Preview 2016: Ndongo-Seh ready to lead R-MA in senior season

Randolph Macon Academy's Alex Ndongo-Seh stands outside Riddick Field in Front Royal. Ndongo-Seh, who plays wide receiver and safety, will help lead the Yellow Jackets this season. Rich Cooley//Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Alex Ndongo-Seh has grown a lot since his freshman season at Randolph-Macon Academy.

Not only has he literally grown several inches, but the R-MA senior football standout said he’s learned a lot during his time at the school.

“I used to think I was on top of the world,” Ndongo-Seh said. “I came here in ninth grade and there were some seniors that showed me how to play. It’s really humbling. I learned a lot about effort. Now I’m 17 years old, now I know I used to be a pretty lackadaisical, lazy player. I was athletic and I sort of relied on that.”

Ndongo-Seh said that R-MA coach Frank Sullivan had a talk with him after his freshman season about working harder on his game. Ndongo-Seh said he took it to heart and his game prospered after that.

He started as a sophomore, and last year had a strong season starting at both wide receiver and safety.

Last year he had 16 receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two interceptions and 19 tackles on defense.

Sullivan said Ndongo-Seh is a very physical kid.

“He looks more like a running back and a linebacker for high school, but he runs great routes,” Sullivan said. “He’s a very good blocker and on defense he probably knows about six positions. So he’s been around the block, and so he’s good at safety to line people up and things like that.”

Sullivan said Ndongo-Seh has developed into a really good leader for the team.

The Yellow Jackets went 4-5 last season, and just missed the postseason. This season Ndongo-Seh said he wants to help lead the team to even more success.

“There’s a couple games (from last year) that are on everybody’s mind, you can ask anybody,” Ndongo-Seh. “There’s a couple games we want to get back, we want to win. Last year wasn’t bad, but this year can be way better.”

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