Averett Falls at Home to Macon

From Averett athletics:

DANVILLE, Va. -- Randolph-Macon College pulled away in the second half to spoil Averett's home opener by dealing the Cougars a 33-6 loss on Saturday at the Cougar Den.

In the first half, Averett's offense appeared much improved from the Cougars' season-opening loss at Hampden-Sydney. The Cougars were putting together a solid first drive before Randolph-Macon (1-1) forced a fumble on a sack at midfield and recovered the loose ball. The Yellow Jackets took advantage and drove 45 yards for a score. Will McGhee capped it with a 5-yard touchdown run to help give Randolph-Macon a 7-0 with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter.

Much like its first drive before the turnover, Averett (0-2) had little trouble marching down the field. Junior quarterback Kirkland Brown completed five of six passes on an 11-play, 76-yard drive that ended with Brown connecting with senior wide receiver Justin Gillespie for a 26-yard touchdown at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter. However, Averett still trailed Randolph-Macon 7-6 after the Cougars missed the extra point.

On the ensuing kickoff, Averett kicked the ball short, got a favorable bounce and recovered the ball on the Randolph-Macon 30-yard line. The Cougars moved into the red zone, but couldn't capitalize. After Averett was called for a false start and then dropped a touchdown pass, the Cougars were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. It would come back to haunt Averett before the end of the half.

Randolph-Macon drove 99 yards on 16 plays, scoring on McGhee's 2-yard run to take a 14-6 lead with 5:32 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets took that lead into the locker room.

Averett couldn't find the same success on offense in the second half. The Cougars went three-and-out on its only two drives in the third quarter as Randolph-Macon dominated time of possession while scoring two more touchdowns to go ahead 27-6. The Yellow Jackets added two field goals in the fourth quarter to help seal the game.

McGhee finished with 123 yards rushing on 21 carries as Randolph-Macon totaled 216 net yards on the ground. Averett, meanwhile, struggled to get its running game going for the second week in a row. The Cougars finished with just 55 net yards rushing.

Brown completed 13-of-22 passes for 131 yards to lead Averett offensively. Junior receiver Chatham Currie had four of those catches for 50 yards. Gillespie had a team-high five catches for 46 yards.

The Cougars' defense was led by junior Brian Fuquay's 11 tackles and senior Stefan Varner's nine tackles and one pass breakup.

Averett returns to action next Saturday when the Cougars travel to non-conference foe Guilford College for a 7 p.m. kickoff.