Cardinals suffer first ODAC loss to Yellow Jackets
ASHLAND, Va. – CUA had its hands full with Randolph-Macon on Friday evening, falling to the Yellow Jackets 45-12. After the Cardinals went in front 6-3 late in the first, Randolph-Macon stormed back with 42 of the next 48 points to earn the win. The Cardinals fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the ODAC following the loss, while Randolph-Macon improves to 4-1 and 2-0.
Playing without senior quarterback Greg Cordivari, who missed the game due to injury, CUA had trouble getting its offense going. The Cardinals were just 4 of 14 on 3rd down and totaled only 11 first downs.
A CUA fumble early in the first quarter led to a Josh Storm field goal, which gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals came right back and delivered an impressive 15-play drive that took 4:56 off the clock and ended on a one-yard Mike Pitsenberger touchdown. The ensuing extra point was missed however, and CUA was in front by three.
Randolph-Macon went back in front with a three-yard score by Vance Hendren to put the Yellow Jackets on top 10-6.
Another Hendren touchdown, this one from two yards out, gave the home team a 17-6 advantage at halftime.
On the first possession of the third quarter CUA forced a fumble and took over at its own 49 yard line.
Seven plays later, Kyle Bernard made his way into the end zone from nine yards out and the Cardinals were within five after a second missed extra point.
Hendren came right back with his third rushing TD of the evening, plunging in from one yard out to extend the lead to 24-12.
After CUA went three-and-out, the Yellow Jackets responded with a 32-yard scoring strike from Zac Naccarato to Hendren as the lead reached 22.
Randolph-Macon added two more scores to set its final tally at 45.
Bernard hung tough all night long under center, throwing for 128 yards, with 40 of those going to Tanner Keefe.
Wes Stringfield caught a team-high three passes and Nick Cortese led the rushing attack with 50 yards on just eight carries.
Conor Stueckler was CUA's leading tackler with 12 stops, while Ryan Klein added eight, including 2.0 for loss.
Zaccarato completed 12 of 16 passes for 206 yards and Will McGhee finished with 89 yards on 22 carries.
CUA will return home next weekend when the Cardinals host Shenandoah on Friday, October 12. Kick-off on Family Weekend is set for 7 p.m. The game will be shown live on cuacardinal.com.
Photography by Willis Glassgow