Colonels spoil homecoming for Trojans, 24-13
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.
Kent County head coach Dave Boyle speaks to linebackers Kolby Walters, left, and Donnie Forgan.