Quakers air attack falls short at homecoming

Guilford College men’s football running back De’Eric Bell rushes Randolph-Macon Anthony Williams at the Quakers homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. //Photo by Abigail Bekele/TheGuilfordian

Randolph-Macon College and running back Tre Frederick ran over the Guilford College football team to spoil the Quakers’ homecoming game.

The Quakers were ice-cold to start the game as the went down 28 points before scoring in the last seconds of the first half. Frederick had 134 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. JP Redmond also had 55 yards on the ground and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.

Guilford’s first play of the game brought the fans to their feet with a Karsten Miller pass to his brother and teammate, Khylil Miller, that went 40 yards. But the drive stalled, and the offense could not get in the end zone until the last seconds of the first half.

The second Quaker possession resulted in Karsten Miller’s seventh interception of the season. Despite this, he had 188 yards passing in the first half and one touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets put up 28 points in the first half on three rushing touchdowns and a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Burke Estes to tight end Sam Tanner.

With a minute left in the half, Guilford took the ball into the Yellow Jackets red zone, trying to get on the scoreboard. Karsten Miller then hit Khylil Miller with a touchdown pass with 10 seconds left.

In the third quarter, Karsten hit Khylil to get the Quakers within 35-14. Khylil Miller had six catches for 138 yards on the game.

With three minutes left, running back De’Eric Bell rushed for a two-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to get the Quakers within 16. The Quakers then recovered an onside kick with three minutes remaining. The drive got as close as the 13 yard-line of the Yellow Jackets, but the Quakers turned the ball over on downs.

“I think the first-half we performed as the result showed,” said head coach Chris Rusiewicz. “I think we performed as the team that was not going to come on top, and we fell too far behind … we tried to climb back, and it took us some time to get there.

“I think the second half was a much better half. I think if we played the two halves the way we played in the second half, it’s a close football game, and I like that we come out on top.”

The offense struggled throughout the game to convert on fourth downs. The defense allowed Randolph-Macon to continually run for first downs and run up the scoreboard. Randolph-Macon ran 58 running plays in the game and ran for 308 yards.

Frederick ended the game with 199 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Estes finished with two passing touchdowns on 112 yards.

Despite the loss, Karsten Miller still ended the game with 405 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Miller completed passes to eight receivers in the game. Sophomore wide receiver Tyriek Russell had 101 receiving yards on a game-high seven catches.

The Quakers struggled to get the running game going and had to rely on Miller’s arm. They had 51 rushing yards as a team and Bell led the team with 53 rushing yards.

Senior defensive back Vic Smith Jr. led the defense with nine solo tackles and 15 total tackles. Senior defensive lineman C.J. Nash III and sophomore defensive lineman Jarrod Russ had sacks for the Quakers’ defense.

The Quakers end the season tomorrow, Nov. 11, with Senior Day against Emory & Henry University.