The Wolves entered Friday afternoon’s varsity football game against Randolph-Macon Academy with high hopes of earning their second win of the season. Behind strong offensive performances from junior Michael Horan and senior DJ Stefonsky, and powered by the defense of senior Michael Mancini, JP rolled right through RMA.
The game was off to a quick start after Horan ran for an 18 yard touchdown with 9:20 to go in the first quarter. The conversion was successful, and the Wolves were out to an 8-0 lead. Five minutes later he added his second touchdown of the day on a five yard run. Junior Matthew Nguyen’s extra point made the lead 15-0 and the first quarter ended with the same scoreline.
No sooner had the second quarter begun than Horan had his third rushing touchdown, this time of the 44 yard variety. However, a 22 point lead did not satisfy the Wolves. After a touchdown reception by junior Joe Simms, JP took a 29-0 lead into halftime.
Less than three minutes after the break, senior DJ Stefonsky had a 65 yard touchdown reception of his own. RMA failed to score throughout the rest of the third quarter, which meant they would need to score 36 points in the fourth to tie the game. The Wolves were not about the let that happen.
In fact, not only was JP intent on winning the game, they were keen on keeping the shutout intact. That they did, as the defense locked down RMA in the final quarter of the game. The Yellow Jackets failed to mount any scoring drives, and after JP tacked on a field goal with 24 seconds remaining, the Wolves were victorious by a final score of 39-0.
Michael Horan led the way offensively for the Wolves, as he accounted for four touchdowns. He had three rushing touchdowns to go along with 129 yards on the ground. He was also on the passing end of the 65 yard touchdown to Stefonsky. Junior Brandon Perroots also had a passing touchdown of his own, throwing the one to Simms.
“Coming into this game we knew what we were getting into, but still took care of business. We executed, and the rest is seen in the score,” said Stefonsky.
Defensively, senior Michael Mancini led the way with eight tackles and one sack for John Paul. The Wolves also generated two turnovers; a fumble and an interception.
The win was the Wolves second in a row after defeating The Potomac School last week. JP returns home next week at 1 PM for a match-up against Baltimore Lutheran.