Rocky Mount Academy finished last season as the state’s best NCISAA team.
Thursday night’s 2014 season opener showed that returning back to that status will take some time.
Despite winning every statistical category imaginable – most importantly the final score – Rocky Mount Academy’s 29-0 victory against conference rival Halifax Academy left the Eagles with plenty of corrective points.
“We probably have perfected the hold and the missed block,” Rocky Mount Academy coach B.W. Holt said.
Holt’s squad was penalized nine times for 88 yards, including four holding calls.
Offensively, the Eagles felt like they could have kept the scoreboard operator a lot busier.
Rocky Mount Academy jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the game’s first five minutes.
Rod White scored on the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage when he took a handoff 47 yards for a touchdown.
After Rocky Mount Academy forced a three-and-out, junior Jacob Hunter went off script for a score.
He caught a punt, fumbled it, and retreated nearly 10 yards before breaking a tackle and cruising 64 yards for a touchdown.
From there it seemed as if the (1-0) would score as many points as it wanted.
That was not the case.
The Eagles killed a pair of first-half drives with penalties, and an offensive line that is still finding its way never held its ground for a signature drive the remainder of the game.
The Eagles also turned over the ball three times.
“Twenty-nine should not have been on the board,” said White, who finished with 100 yards rushing. It should have been more, but we’ll get it together.”
Defensively, the Eagles could not have asked for more, holding Halifax to 68 net yards.
The Vikings (0-1) never entered the Eagles’ red zone.
“We can play defense, and we’ve got to,” Holt said.
On a muggy night, the Eagles spent a lot of time on the turf, tending to constant muscle cramps.
It seems as if conditioning and hydration will also be points of emphasis come next week.
“I know Monday we’re going to run a lot,” White said. “We have to get ourselves together. Hobgood isn’t like that bunch. We understand that.”
Rocky Mount Academy 29
Halifax Academy 0
HA 0 0 0 0 – 0
RMA 13 8 8 0 – 29
RMA – Rod White 47 run (Zach Fulcher kick), 10:21
RMA – Jacob Hunter 64 punt return (kick failed), 8:09
RMA – Hunter 20 pass from Brice Andracchio (White conversion), 3:40
RMA – Andracchio 2 run (Quan Mills conversion), 7:00
5 First downs......................14
38 Passing yards.................83
68 Total offense.........329
Rushing – HA: Garrett Morris 13-12; Landon Poole 9-9; Luke Blackman 6-9. RMA: Rod White 11-100; Jacob Hunter 9-72; Jackson Browder 3-27; Kyle Holland 1-26; Jared McCall 4-26; Quan Mills 1-13; Tyson Jones 6-(-7); Brice Andracchio 5-(-11).
Passing – HA: Garrett Morris 3-12, 38. RMA: Brice Andracchio 4-10, 83.
Receiving – HA: Brandon Moody 2-30; Tyler Jomo 1-5; Landon Poole 1-3. RMA: Jacob Hunter 4-52; Zach Fulcher 1-31.
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