Blue Devils improve to 5-1
Walker, Allen score 3 TDs each in victory
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.