Colonels spoil home­com­ing for Tro­jans, 24-13

Kent County News - - SPORTS - By AYMAN ALAM aalam@star­dem.com

WOR­TON — Colonel Richard­son dis­posed of Class 1A foe Kent County on Fri­day, 24-13, keep­ing a hold on the third po­si­tion in the East Re­gion stand­ings.

“This was a huge hur­dle tonight,” CR coach Dan Mangum said. “Kent County has been play­ing much bet­ter than what they did last sea­son. Their de­fense is stout, they do some re­ally good things of­fen­sively. They made it a tight game at one point, and our kids re­sponded.”

Against Kent County (24), which lost its sec­ond straight game and is fad- ing in the 1A East play­off race, Colonel Richard­son (3-3) ben­e­fited from a solid run­ning game from Jor­dan Gabriel, the se­nior star­ring in his team’s dou­blew­ing of­fense to the tune of 129 yards on 16 car­ries, in­clud­ing touch­downs of 1 and 5 yards. Ju­nior Ma­son Lam­bert (nine rushes, 68 yards) and se­nior Tyler Stan­ley (12-50, 15-yard TD in the first half) also ran well, part of a 225-yard ground game.

The Colonels also con­verted two-point­ers on their three scores — runs by Eli Stull and Stan­ley (twice) — ac­count­ing for the point-af­ter touch­down scor­ing.

Kent some­how out­gained Colonel, 274-234, on of­fense on a sim­i­lar num- bers of plays in a los­ing ef­fort, and re­ceived 116 yards pass­ing from sopho- more quar­ter­back Thomas Golds­bor­ough.

“First thing we need to look at are the mis­takes, the penal­ties,” Kent head coach David Boyle said. “The kids are great, re­spond well to ev­ery­thing, but the lit­tle mis­takes that take place, and some of the calls were rough.”

Fri­day’s game was home­com­ing for the Tro­jans.

Gabriel moved the pile for a 1-yard TD on the game’s open­ing drive, which started on the Colonels’ 35. Stan­ley made it 16-0, Colonels, mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, tak­ing a hand­off to the right side on the 15-yard jaunt on fourth down.

Kent an­swered on the next pos­ses­sion, cap­ping a 67-yard drive with a 3-yard Kolby Wal­ters score, the ju­nior full­back bulling his way through the line on first down, part of a team­lead­ing 49-yard rush­ing out­put.

The Tro­jans pulled closer with 6 min­utes, 20 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third quar­ter, se­nior Corey Robin­son rum­bling down the right side­line on a 25-yard carry, lay­ing a vi­cious stiff arm on Colonel ju­nior Jackie Ze­bron along the way.

Ze­bron was again sent to the ground on the next

play from scrim­mage, the Colonels’ quar­ter­back tak­ing a shot below the knee on a run play and stay­ing down for sev­eral min­utes. He even­tu­ally was helped off the field by team­mates.

The Colonels fin­ished that drive and capped the scor­ing with a 5-yard Gabriel touch­down run.

Kent’s fi­nal drive, which started with 3:25 left to play and the team trail­ing 2413, was at Colonel Richard­son’s 9, when Golds­bor­ough notched a yard on a fourth­down sneak. Golds­bor­ough sparked the drive with passes of 23 yards to Robin­son, 12 to fresh­man tight end Colin Futty and 9 to se­nior Tre Wright.

The pass­ing game was hum­ming late, giv­ing Boyle a point to pon­der th­ese com­ing weeks. The of­fense, how­ever, com­mit­ted more than a few costly penal­ties that took it out of scor­ing chances.

Golds­bor­ough got in some trou­ble on sec­ond down and goal to go.

Flushed out of the pocket and rolling right, Golds­bor­ough threw a pass in­com­plete to Wright. A ques­tion­able hold­ing penalty was called deep be­hind the line of scrim­mage, push­ing Kent back to the 44 with goal to go. Golds­bor­ough ran for 12, passed to Futty for 7 and hit Wright for 18, leav­ing Kent 7 short of the touch­down af­ter the turnover on downs.

“Thomas, he’s a sopho­more, and he showed a ton of po­ten­tial tonight,” Boyle said. “Ob­vi­ously, he’s got to be a big­ger part of what we’re do­ing, what our phi­los­o­phy is.

“It’s a process, though,” Boyle added. “You can’t just throw him in there.”

Kent was in the red zone four times and scored only once.

“We had so many op­por­tu­ni­ties. ... We failed to ex­e­cute,” Boyle said.

He was very pleased with the Tro­jans’ de­fen­sive ef­fort, which in­cluded three drives when the Colonels did not gain a yard and an­other when they were pushed back 20 yards be­hind the line of scrim­mage.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kent County head coach Dave Boyle speaks to lineback­ers Kolby Wal­ters, left, and Don­nie For­gan.

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