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Randolph-Macon tops Hampden-Sydney in "The Game"

Ashland, VA (WWBT)- Randolph-Macon ran for 301 yards on the day as the Yellow Jackets topped arch rival Hampden-Sydney 48-34 in the South Oldest Small College Rivalry known as "The Game."

R-MC finishes the year 8-2 overall which ties for the third highest win total for the Jackets since 1997.   The win also marks the first over H-SC at home since 1999.

Running backs Thaddeus Scruggs and Drank Sanders combined for 256 of those yards and three touchdowns in the win.  Scruggs rushed for 130 yards and two scores, while Sanders went for 126 and two touchdowns.    

Hampden-Sydney fumbled on its fourth play of the game when linebacker Tom Solak stripped Tiger quarterback Travis Lane and recovered the ball at the H-SC 22.  Scruggs hit pay dirt one play, later going the distance to put R-MC up 6-0 after the extra point missed.

It stayed that way until there was just under three minutes to play in the first quarter when Vance Hendren plunged into the end zone for a score from three yards out to push R-MC ahead 13-0.

The Tigers rallied for two scores in 1:14, taking a 14-13 lead on a run by Kirk Rohle from four yards out on the first play of the second quarter.

The two teams traded scores, before the Yellow Jackets closed out the first half with a six play, 43 yard drive that was capped by a six yard scamper by Scruggs to send the Jackets to the intermission leading 26-21.

The Jackets took the opening kick of the second-stanza and promptly went 79 yards in two minutes, extending its lead to 33-21 on a four yard run by Scruggs, who set up the score with a 60 yard screen pass earlier in the drive.

The Tigers responded with a score on its ensuing possession when Lane hooked up with Kyle Vance for a 10 yard scoring pass, cutting the R-MC lead to 33-27 after the failed two point conversion.

R-MC then came right back, running the ball five times for 52 yards with Sanders, setting up a nine yard touchdown pass from Zac Naccarato to tight-end Zach Midulla. Naccarato then connected with his other tight-end Matt Williamson for the two point conversion, pushing the Jackets lead to 41-27 with under four minutes to go in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets defense then came up big on H-SC's next possession, forcing a turnover on downs, with under a minute to go in the third after the Tigers had driven to the R-MC 18 yard line.

The offense then went  82 yards, 74 of which were via the ground and  ran close to five minutes off the clock before extending the lead to 48-27 on a one  yard sneak by Naccarato.

The Tigers pulled within 48-34, got the ball back and were driving inside the R-MC 20, before linebacker Jeremy Bowery iced the game with an interception on the final play of his career.  Bowry finished the game with a team-high nine tackles on the day.

Naccarato finished the day 13-of-19 for 266 yards in two scores.  Christian Cook had six catches for 67 yards, while Luke Sellers had three grabs for 42 yards on the day.

Lane was 32-of-62 for 402 yards and two scores on the afternoon.  Vance caught 11 balls for 142 yards, while Sean Cavanaugh had eight catches for 119 yards.

Defensively, Solak, Will McGhee, Andrew Leonard and Cross Trued all finished with seven tackles in the win.  David Fetter finished with six stops and three pass break ups from his safety position. 

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