Three Cardinals Score Touchdowns in Second ODAC Loss

Three Cardinals Score Touchdowns in Second ODAC Loss

ASHLAND, Va. – John Byrd rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Randolph-Macon College to a 42-21 victory over Catholic University in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action under the Friday night lights at Day Field.

Lucas MorleyMatt Perno and Ben Powers each scored a touchdown late in the game for the Cardinals, who fall to 2-3 and 0-2 in the ODAC.  The Yellow Jackets improve to 3-2 and 1-1.

Randolph-Macon struck first on a 13-yard run by Byrd to cap a 15-play drive for 61 yards with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets continued to progress in the second quarter. With an 18-yard pass completion from Zac Naccarato to Mike Doe, RMC took a 14-0 lead at the 8:09 mark. Naccarato added another six points to the board with a 27-yard run to conclude a two-play, 37-yard drive.

CUA interrupted the Jackets' run when TJ Tutone found Morley from 15 yards away at the 4:26 mark of the second frame. With the good point-after touchdown from Peter Rosa, CUA was on the board with a score of 21-7 at halftime.

Randolph-Macon extended its lead after the breather, with a three-yard scamper from Dustin Hiner for the only touchdown of the third quarter with 10 minutes remaining.

Perno sent the Cardinals into double figures on a short four-yard run at the 12:24 mark of the fourth quarter to cap a six-play drive for 45 yards. 

The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 42-14 on consecutive touchdowns in the final quarter. With the scoreboard reading 11 minutes and 42 seconds, Byrd scored on a game-high 68-yard run to finish a two-play drive for 72 yards. RMC's last touchdown of the evening came from Jesse Knepp with a 14-yard run.

CUA capped the night with a three-yard run by Powers with two minutes remaining in the contest.

The Cardinals put together 251 yards of total offense with 149 yards passing and 102 yards on the ground. Tutone was 19 of 38 for 149 yards with one interception.  Perno finished the night with 56 total yards and one score.  Victor Fernandez caught four passes for 25 yards.

Defensively, Anthony Santo registered a season-best 13 tackles and one sack.  Patrick ThomasAaron Hall and Paul Tecklenberg each tallied seven tackles, and Thomas recorded two pass breakups.

CUA returns to Cardinal Stadium in Washington, D.C., to host Shenandoah at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 18.