Statesmen lose home opener

Published 12:41 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Randolph-Henry High School varsity football team is still looking for its first win of the 2016 season.

The Statesmen took an early lead Friday against visiting Bluestone High School in the first quarter before losing it in the second quarter. Still within nine points near the end of the third, Randolph-Henry allowed a big play and turned the ball over more than once in the fourth, leading to a 38-15 Barons victory.

“It comes down to toughness,” Statesmen Head Coach Mark McPherson said. “We’re just not tough enough. We’re not tough enough mentally right now, we’re not tough enough physically right now, and we’re getting beat, and that’s all there is to it.”

Junior Tyrie Blow-Tydings ran for a 14-yard touchdown to allow the Statesmen to take a 7-0 lead, which they held until 4:14 remained in the second quarter.

“We’ve been able to score on our first drive in about every game and look pretty good, and then we kind of fade away,” McPherson said.

Trailing 24-7 in the third quarter, R-H scored its other touchdown on a reverse pass. Senior Fred Blow-Tydings received the ball on the reverse and passed to junior Trequan Agnew behind the defense for an 80-yard pass play.

This Friday at 7 p.m., the Statesmen (0-4) host Goochland High School, a team McPherson said is “probably the toughest team on our whole schedule. They’re playing very well.”