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On the first play of the second quarter the Lions punted the ball away to RTCA with Jashawn Powell returning it out to the 22-yard line. Runs by Powell and Hunter Ennis picked up a first down. Powell took a pass from TJ Stanley out across the 40. Ennis went across midfield on a run to the 45, and then a run by Stanley got RTCA to the 35-yard line of the Lions. Stanley found Tripp Durden down to the 16-yard line, and then Tucker Heath set up RTCA at the 2 with a nice run. Heath punched it in from there with 5:10 left in the first half. RTCA went for two but did not get in and they trailed 14-6.

St. Andrews started with good field position at their 45-yard line. The RTCA defense backed them up and forced a punt. The Crusaders started at their 18-yard line after the kick.

Powell made a solid catch from Stanley out to the 43-yard line. RTCA was trying to move the ball down the field to get another score before halftime, but an interception gave the Lions the ball near midfield.

RTCA did get the ball back before the end of the half, but didn’t have enough time to get anything going, and the teams went to the locker rooms with RTCA trailing 14-6.

At the start of the second half RTCA recovered an onside kick to try to create some momentum. RTCA quickly moved the ball down the field and put it in for a touchdown. They went for the two-point conversion to tie the game up but did not get it. With that RTCA trailed 14-12 with 9:43 left in the third quarter.

St. Andrews scored on their next possession to increase their lead to 20-12 with 5:40 on the clock in the third quarter.

Powell made a nice catch on a pass from Stanley, and then a run by Powell got the Crusaders across midfield to the Lions’ 43-yard line. On the final play of the third quarter the Crusaders fumbled the ball with the Lions recovering it.

The defenses for both teams played well in the fourth quarter of the game with neither team finding the end zone again. St. Andrews did threaten as the game was winding down, but RTCA kept them out of the end zone, but fell in the contest, 20-12.

RTCA has continued to improve and has come close to getting their first win of the season. This week RTCA will be at home against Fullington Academy with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

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