Blue Devils im­prove to 5-1

Walker, Allen score 3 TDs each in vic­tory

The Progress-Index Weekend - - SPORTS DESK - By Kate Gib­son Staff Writer

HOPEWELL - The Hopewell Blue Devils foot­ball team ended their home­com­ing week on a high note this Fri­day, dom­i­nat­ing the vis­it­ing Colo­nials and se­cur­ing a 55-6 vic­tory.

This win brings the Blue Devils to 5-1 on the sea­son.

“The first half, we had a few plays go against us,” said Hopewell Foot­ball head coach Ricky Irby. “But you know what? We stayed with it, and I’m proud of our kids.

“We bat­tled through ad­ver­sity and we had a lot of dif­fer­ent play-mak­ers make plays tonight.”

Hopewell se­nior run­ning back Ronnie Walker Jr. dom­i­nated the first quar­ter, scor­ing two touch­downs and

set­ting the tone for the rest of the game.

The Colo­nials at­tempted to rally in the sec­ond quar­ter. Just eight se­conds in, Colo­nial Heights’ se­nior wide re­ceiver An­drew Daisey caught an 11-yard pass from Hunter Spence for his team’s only touch­down of the night. The team then at­tempted a two-point con­ver­sion but was un­suc­cess­ful.

The Blue Devils re­sponded in kind. Three min­utes later, Walker ran 75 yards, dodg­ing sev­eral de­fend­ers and blast­ing through a scuf­fle, scor­ing yet an­other touch­down for his team.

Half­time al­lowed a brief break from the ac­tion, and Hopewell’s Home­com­ing Court took the field. Se­nior wide re­ceiver Nyvon King was crowned Home­com­ing King, and Walker won first run­ner-up.

The third quar­ter be­longed al­most en­tirely to Hopewell ju­nior wide re­ceiver Sean Allen, who ran four yards for his first touch­down of the night, caught a 42-yard pass for his sec­ond, and snatched a 34-yard pass from the sky for his third.

Fresh­man run­ning back Robert Briggs also ran 16 yards to score in the third quar­ter.

The last touch­down of the night be­longed to Hopewell’s fresh­man wide re­ceiver D.J. Pow­ell in the fourth quar­ter.

Walker at­trib­uted much of the night’s suc­cess to the of­fen­sive line.

“They ex­e­cuted,” he said. “It was click­ing tonight. They did ev­ery­thing great in prac­tice, and it re­ally showed out on the field.”

Af­ter the game, Irby con­grat­u­lated his team on a “great team ef­fort” be­fore im­plor­ing them to keep up the mo­men­tum as they go into Prince Ge­orge’s (3-3) home­com­ing game next week.

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