Statesmen suffer big road loss to Eagles

Published 2:07 am Sunday, September 23, 2018

Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity football team struggled to contain host Prince Edward County High School on Friday night as the Eagles showed tremendous big-play ability on special teams and offense. They ultimately were able to pull away for a 56-12 homecoming night victory over the Statesmen.

“The biggest thing is we’re just young and inexperienced,” Randolph-Henry Head Coach Zach Orlando said. “And if you go back and look at the first half, the opportunities were there, but when you’re giving up one-play touchdowns, it’s hard to answer, especially when you don’t have one guy you can just give the ball to and tell everybody else to get out of the way.”

The Eagles held a 27-12 lead at halftime and scored on their first play from scrimmage in the second half.

With the loss, the Statesmen fall to 0-4 on the season.

“The hardest part is getting the kids to understand that we’re still rebuilding, we’re still taking the steps forward to be a better team, but we’re not there yet,” Orlando said. “We’re the kind of team — I will give the kids credit on this — is we’re the team that we’ll come out on Monday and be able to put this behind us and have a decent practice, but it’s just tough.”

Randolph-Henry hosts Amelia County High School (4-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.

For more coverage of Friday’s game against the Eagles, see next week’s edition of The Gazette and this website.