Rocky Mount Academy again dominated its foe Friday night, sending Raleigh Word of God Christian Academy home with its fourth loss for the season, 57-6.
The Eagles’ power was established in their first two possessions. After taking the opening kickoff, RMA scored on its second play when senior Christopher Jenkins sprinted 53 yards with less than a minute off the clock.
The Holy Rams faltered during a four-play possession, tendering the ball on a punt that Eagles junior Jackson Browder returned from midfield to Word of God’s 33-yard line. Taking the ball on the next play, Jenkins scored again.
The Eagles continued rolling out touchdowns as if they were factory workers on an assembly line.
Sophomore Jacob Hunter broke tackles moving down the middle on a 47-yard run to add another first-quarter score. Jenkins hit the scoreboard again with an 11-yard, second-quarter run that saw him make a falling reach into the end zone for a touchdown.
RMA was equally relentless in the second half. Hunter and junior Linwood Jones each scored in the third, while freshman Rod’Quan White put up a touchdown on a fourth-quarter, nine-yard run.
But perhaps the most remarkable scores bookended halftime.
The Eagles’ was one of clockwork precision. Reclaiming the ball after the Holy Rams couldn’t reach a first down after taking the second half kickoff, the Eagles grounded out four precise first-down-producing runs – two from Jenkins and one each from Jones and sophomore Kyle Holland – to reach first-and-goal. Junior Brice Andracchio then scored on a three-yard quarterback keeper.
But even more breathtaking was Word of God’s lone score. With only a handful of seconds remaining in the first half, Holy Rams junior Zachery Johnson intercepted an Andracchio pass in Word of God’s end zone. Time literally ran out as he sprinted down the visitors’ sideline on a 102-yard scoring return.
The Eagles’ defense held up its end of the bargain as well. Holy Rams’ runners often ran into a wall of blue steel at or just past the scrimmage line.
Eagles defenders also broke through Word of God’s offensive line several times, leaving a passer either scrambling to find a receiver or trying to weave downfield to avoid a sack. Holy Rams sophomore Stephen Brown found himself in that situation in the third quarter when was thrown for a 13-yard loss by RMA sophomore Gage Chilton.and senior Delano Miller.
Also in the third period, a pass intended for a Holy Rams receiver ended up in the hands on RMA junior Landon Clontz.
Rocky Mount Academy (3-1) visits Merry Hill Lawrence Academy (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.