Although its play and attitude said something different Friday night, Rocky Mount Academy is not on a revenge tour.
The Eagles began a three-game stretch against teams that defeated them a year ago, and after 48 brief minutes of football, one thing is clear: Rocky Mount Academy does not resemble the team it was in 2012.
This B.W. Holt-coached team is virtually unstoppable on offense, and its defense barely bends a yard.
All of it was on display for a fifth consecutive week as Rocky Mount Academy rolled to a 64-0 victory against Kinston Parrott Academy.
The Eagles (6-1) were so dominant that they made it hard to believe Kinston came into the contest with a 5-1 record.
“I wouldn’t call it a revenge tour,” running back Christopher Jenkins said. “It’s finishing what we started. Every single team we lost to last season, we led them at least once. We didn’t know how to finish. This is our year to finish what we started.”
Rocky Mount Academy opened its three-game stretch against Kinston, Southampton (Va.) and Cary Christian – all losses in 2012 – by holding an opponent scoreless or under seven points for the fifth straight week.
The Eagles led, 38-0, after the first quarter, and both sides agreed to a running clock midway through the second quarter.
A Homecoming gathering that watched a 6:30 p.m. kickoff was almost subdued by the dominance of its own team, and the parking lots around the stadium emptied shortly after 8 p.m.
Jenkins ran for a team-high 154 yards and a touchdown, Linwood Jones added 105 yards and two scores, and Jacob Hunter scored on a rush, a pass and a punt return.
Kinston Parrott managed only one first down and finished with a net of 17 total yards.
“They do a good job,” Holt said of Kinston. “They have won five ballgames. They are young. I wouldn’t want to play them in the playoffs. They have some size, and they’ve burnt everyone defensively.”
Not the Eagles, who were intent on not letting up, even with such a lopsided score.
“We know that as long as we go out and do what we are supposed to do, we are going to win,” Jenkins said. “Coach told us there is no team in the state of North Carolina that can stop us in eight-man football.”
Holt said the players are focused and enjoying performing in practice and on game nights.
As for the next two teams on the schedule, Holt was not thinking about the past.
“Last year was last year,” Holt said. “It was a tough situation for the young players. The change was cultural. It worked out, and our kids have done a good job with it. We’ll see. We might win one or two more ballgames.”
Rocky Mount Academy 64
Kinston Parrott Academy 0
RMA 38 14 6 6 – 64
KPA 0 0 0 0 – 0
RMA – Christopher Jenkins 50 run (conversion failed), 9:48
RMA – Linwood Jones 5 catch from Brice Andracchio (Jones conversion), 8:02
RMA – Jacob Hunter 53 catch from Andracchio (Hunter conversion), 6:12
RMA – Andracchio 1 run (conversion good), 2:46
RMA – Jae’Quan Mills 16 fumble return (Jenkins conversion), 2:03
RMA – Hunter 19 run (Jared McCall kick), 10:24
RMA – Jones 55 run (McCall kick), 1:31
RMA – Hunter 46 punt return (kick failed), 9:35
RMA – Kyle Holland 30 run (kick failed), 2:50
1 First downs..............11
7 Passing yards.............58
17 Total offense..........389
Rushing – RMA: Christopher Jenkins 11-154; Linwood Jones 7-105; Kyle Holland 1-30; Jacob Hunter 2-25; Rod’Quan White 2-14; Tyson Jones 2-3; Brice Andracchio 2-1; Jackson Browder 1-(-1).
Receiving – RMA: Jacob Hunter 1-53; Linwood Jones 1-5.
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org