Colonels Roll

Dom­i­nate Kent Co. for home­com­ing win

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — On a day when Colonel Richard­son High cel­e­brated home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties, the school’s foot­ball team gave fans a lot to cheer for Satur­day with a dom­i­nat­ing 44-6 vic­tory over de­fend­ing 1A East Re­gion cham­pion Kent County.

The win moves Colonel back to .500 at 3-3, help­ing its play­off chances. The Tro­jans fall to 1-5.

Long be­fore se­niors John Carter and Maddy Christo­pher re­ceived their crowns as 2017 home­com­ing king and queen, the Colonels re­moved all doubt who would win with a 24-0 first quar­ter lead and 31-0 half­time ad­van­tage.

Robert Thomp­son III took the first play from scrim­mage around left end for an 85-yard touch­down run and an 8-0 lead af­ter a Dar­rion Speller two-point con­ver­sion.

On the next pos­ses­sion, Kent County drove to the Colonel 35, but a tackle for no gain by Carter on sec­ond down and a tackle for a loss by Tyler Stan­ley forced a punt.

Colonel’s de­fense ex­tended the lead on the Tro­jans’ next of­fen­sive play. Dakota Wil­son picked up a fum­ble and ran 25 yards for a touch­down. His team­mate Ma­son Lam­bert was the first to ar­rive at the fum­ble, but Lam­bert smartly pushed Kent County quar­ter­back Pey­ton

Tay­lor to the ground, which al­lowed Wil­son to scoop up the ball and run un­con­tested into the end zone. The of­fense added a two-point con­ver­sion to ex­tend the lead to 16-0.

CR’s de­fense stayed red hot on an af­ter­noon with tem­per­a­tures reach­ing into the up­per 80s when Karon Raikes in­ter­cepted a Tay­lor pass, re­turn­ing the pick 30 yards to the 10-yard line.

Two plays later, quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron plunged into the end zone from a yard out for a touch­down. A two-point pass from Ze­bron to Speller ex­tended the Colonel lead to 24-0 with two min­utes left in the first quar­ter.

The CR de­fense con­tin­ued its strong play with an­other three-and-out on the heels of a Lam­bert four-yard tackle for loss on third down.

The Colonel of­fense then me­thod­i­cally marched to­ward the end zone on a nine-play, 68-yard drive. Runs by Thomp­son (14 car­ries, 172 yards), Ty’mir Fos­ter (9 for 50) and Jor­dan Gabriel (5 for 39) kept the chains mov­ing. A 23-yard run by Thomp­son gave the Colonels a first-and-goal from the two. Fos­ter scored on the next play to give Colonel a 31-0 lead with Thomp­son’s ex­tra point.

“How about that ef­fort,” said Colonel head coach Dan Mangum. “You al­ways want to start fast, but 24-0 in the first quar­ter is some­thing re­ally spe­cial to see.

“This group works re­ally, and gets beat up a lot be­cause many play both ways,” he added. “They are su­per tough, and tal­ented. I’m very proud of them. This is a big win for us.

“It is re­ally spe­cial to do this on home­com­ing,” he con­tin­ued. “We al­ways have great sup­por t from the com­mu­nity. It is great for the com­mu­nity to get a chance to see all the hard work by the play­ers come to­gether to­day.”

Mangum said the first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half by the de­fense was a great state­ment. Kent County re­ceived the sec­ond-half kick­off, but the Colonel de­fense stuffed the Tro­jans to force a turnover on downs.

Six plays later, Thomp­son scored from seven yards out to give the Colonels a 37-0 lead and a run­ning clock.

The Colonel de­fense put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the day’s cel­e­bra­tion when Ja­cob Tow­ers in­ter­cepted Thomas Golds­bor­ough and ran 35 yards for a touch­down. The ex­tra point by Thomp­son gave Colonel a 44-0 thirdquar­ter lead.

“The de­fense played huge,” Mangum said. “When we scored on of­fense, the de­fense stopped Kent to get the ball back for the of­fense. Any­time the de­fense can score, it just gives you a huge ad­van­tage. We did that twice to­day.”

Kent County got on the board late in the fourth quar­ter to avoid be­ing shutout when Si­las Phillips sprinted 57 yards for a touch­down.

The Colonels are sched­uled to host Nan­dua (Va.) at 6 p.m. Fri­day. Kent County trav­els to 2A power North Caro­line with a 7 p.m. sched­uled start the same night.


Colonel Richard­son’s Robert Thomp­son III sprints through a hole and goes 85 yards for a touch­down on the game’s first play from scrim­mage against Kent County on Satur­day.

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