By ROB WITHAM
H-P Sports Correspondent
FOOTBALL: Junior tailback Tre Frederick broke the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, running 30 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns as Randolph-Macon built a big lead, then held off a Guilford comeback attempt for a 38-22 win Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina to move to 6-3 overall, 3-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.
The victory was the 80th in the career of head coach Pedro Arruza, second in program history behind Ted Keller’s 105 wins between 1964 and 1981.
The Yellow Jackets scored the first four touchdowns of the game, as Frederick touchdown runs of 23 and ten yards sandwiched a JP Redmond one-yard run and a 53-yard pass from Burke Estes to Sam Tanner (Lee-Davis), the second week in a row that the Estes to Tanner connection scored from fifty or more yards. Frederick is now second in the ODAC in rushing with 1,186 yards, only trailing Washington and Lee freshman Josh Breece (1,376).
The Quakers got on the board just before halftime to cut the lead to 28-7, but the Yellow Jackets answered early in the third quarter as Estes found Eric Hoy on an eight-yard touchdown pass. The Yellow Jackets continued their disciplined play, committing just three penalties, while winning time of possession, keeping the football over 36 minutes. Estes finished the day 8-for-12 passing for 112 yards and the two scores.
Randolph-Macon finishes regular season play Saturday hosting the 122nd edition of “The Game” as Hampden-Sydney comes to Day Field for a 1pm kick. The Tigers come in tied for first place in the ODAC at 4-1 with Washington and Lee, who defeated the Yellow Jackets 17-14 October 28th.
Randolph-Macon will go for their fourth consecutive win in the series, the oldest small college rivalry in the South, where the Tigers lead the all-time series 60-50-11. The Yellow Jackets would love nothing more than to ruin the Tigers’ chance to earn an ODAC title. A Randolph-Macon win and a Washington and Lee win at Shenandoah would give the Generals the title. To get the victory, the Yellow Jacket defense must slow down Hampden-Sydney quarterback Alec Cobb, who passed for 365 yards and five touchdowns in their Saturday victory. Cobb is second in the conference in touchdown passes with 26.
A Yellow Jacket win and a Hornet win over Washington and Lee would leave four teams, including Randolph-Macon, in a four-way tie atop the ODAC at 4-2 to conclude the season.
SOCCER: Top-seeded Lynchburg scored a golden goal in the 106th minute to claim a 3-2, double overtime victory over #4 seed Randolph-Macon Saturday afternoon in the 2017 ODAC Championship Semifinals, ending the Yellow Jackets’ best season in 23 years with a 14-3-1 record.
Randolph-Macon held the lead after a goal in the 28th minute from Jacob McHugh off a pass from Andrew Griggs for a 1-0 lead, McHugh’s seventh tally of the season. The Hornets were able to find the back of the net with just seven seconds left until intermission to tie the match at one.
Paul Duffy scored for Randolph-Macon to retake the lead in the 71st minute, but Lynchburg responded six minutes later to tie the match and set up the extra periods. The Hornets outshot the Yellow Jackets 23-11, but only had a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Brian Breslin had six saves for the Yellow Jackets.
The team’s fourteen wins were the most in season since 1994, while their 6-2-1 record in ODAC play is the best posted by Randolph-Macon since the 1999 team enjoyed a 7-1-1 campaign. Bryan Lutz led the team this season in goals with eight, followed by McHugh’s seven. The team outscored opponents this season 40-14.
CROSS COUNTRY: Atlee freshman Rachel Mudd led the way with a convincing victory in the 2017 Class 5, Region B Girls Cross Country Championship last Wednesday afternoon at Pole Green Park, finishing the championship run in 18:41, 26 seconds better than runner-up Lily Snow of Deep Run.
Teammate Cabell Franklin, a sophomore, finished sixth in 19:40, while junior teammates Emma Sudol and Olivia Valentin placed tenth and eleventh respectively, as the Raiders captured the team title with 52 points. Lee-Davis took team runner-up honors with 68 points, led by an eighth place finish from Nicole Van Ess (20:04). Freshmen Sierra Puleo and Tessa Santelli and senior Whitney Anderson placed twelfth through fourteenth respectively. In all, county runners took eight of the top fourteen positions.
Both Atlee and Lee-Davis qualify as teams for the 2017 Class 5 State Championship to be held Friday at 10:30am at Great Meadow Park in The Plains, Virginia. The boys championship will take just afterwards t 11:15am. The Lee-Davis team qualified for the event, finishing third with 68 points behind winner Deep Run (37) and Glen Allen (60) at the Region 5B Championship.
Senior Jack Ikenberry, who recently announced his verbal commitment to the track program at George Mason University, was Lee-Davis’ top finisher, taking third place in a time of 15:54, just six seconds behind winner Matthias Cannon of Deep Run. Lane Johnson took eighth (16:29), while Patrick Sutphin finished twelfth. Atlee’s top finisher was freshman Ian Sellors, who placed 20th overall in a time of 17:10.
At the Class 4, Region B Championship last Thursday in Fredericksburg, Rachel Crytser of Hanover and Emmy Joyce of Patrick Henry qualified for the Class 4 State Championship, finishing third and sixth in the region race respectively. Crytser’s time was 20:01, Joyce finished in 20:47.80. Patrick Henry’s Jennifer Macias also punched her ticket to Friday’s Class 4 state final, placing ninth in 21:01.50. The top five runners who were not part of the top three team finishers earned individual berths to state final action.
Two boys qualified for the Class 4 Championship at Region 4B: Patrick Henry senior Noah Campbell, who finished second by six seconds in 16:42.80, only trailing winner Max Etka of Midlothian, and Hanover senior Nathaniel Good, who placed seventh overall in 17:43.20.