Randolph-Macon rebounds with big win over Averett

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Senior quarterback Zac Naccarato accounted for four touchdowns as the Randolph-Macon football team defeated Averett 48-16 Saturday afternoon at Day Field.

Naccarato completed 14 of 19 passes for 274 yards and a pair of scores. He also rushed for two touchdowns.

Senior receiver Mike Doe pulled in seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets (1-1). Junior running back John Byrd piled up 56 yards on 19 carries and found the end zone twice.

R-MC took advantage of a mishandled punt attempt on the Cougars' (1-1) first drive. Naccarato went in from one-yard out to cap a 21-yard drive midway through the first period. After AU went three-and-out, the Yellow Jackets moved 40 yards in six plays, as Byrd busted in from three yards out to give the home team a 14-0 advantage.

The Cougars converted a third-and-15 from the R-MC 36 early in the second half to cut the lead in half at 14-7. Naccarato led the Yellow Jackets on a 75-yard scoring drive in 10 plays, as he squeezed in from a yard out to put R-MC on top 21-7.

Following a strong kickoff return, the Cougars created another touchdown to again pull within seven at 21-14 near the midway point in the second quarter. Byrd capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive with his second touchdown of the day with 58 second left in the half. The PAT was blocked and returned for two points for AU as R-MC led 27-16.

The Cougars went three-and-out on their next possession and R-MC used a timeout with 21 seconds left to force AU to punt. Naccarato then hit Doe on a 49-yard scoring strike with just five second remaining as the Yellow Jackets took a 34-16 lead at intermission.

Randolph-Macon remains at home for a Family Weekend contest on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 12 noon against Sewanee, the final non-conference game for the Yellow Jackets.

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