Statesmen fall short, 16-14

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity football team is still looking for its first win in 2018, but the Statesmen came closer than ever Friday in their home opener, narrowly falling 16-14 against their first James River District opponent of the season, Bluestone High School.

The Statesmen continued to struggle moving the ball on offense, finishing with a net total of 130 yards.

On the positive side of things, that 130 yards was the product of a perfect balance — 65 passing yards and 65 rushing yards.

However, Randolph-Henry would have benefited greatly from better execution through the air and, particularly, on the ground.

Sophomore quarterback Peter Jones went 5-for-8 passing for 42 yards and one interception, while senior wide receiver Layton Payne went 1-for-1 passing for 23 yards.

Seven Statesmen were involved in the run game, carrying the ball 43 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, averaging 1.5 yards per carry. The score came via a run by Jones.

Sophomore defensive back Tyshaundre Walton hauled in two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Randolph-Henry (0-3) has a bye this week and returns to action Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Prince Edward County High School.