Blue Devils trounce CH 49-0
Hopewell remains unbeaten at 6-0
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The blue and gold of Hopewell (5-0) came out 49-0 winners in a dominant performance against Colonial Heights (2-3). The undefeated Blue Devils came into the game after a tough win against a Matoaca team that threatened until the final drive.
“Last week I didn’t think we played very well,” Hopewell head coach Ricky Irby said. “Matoaca had a lot to do with that, but we had a lot of mistakes, especially on special teams. We gave away good field position inside the 10-yard line, so that was an emphasis today: to make them have to drive the long field to score.”
Coach Irby’s team was already up 6-0 before it had a chance to test itself defensively. A 30-yard run from Kaiveon Cox got Hopewell into Colonial Heights territory, then a 25-yard throw from Daniel Grier found Sean Allen in the corner of the endzone. The kick was missed to make the score 6-0. “We started off fast, we ended fast and came up with the victory,” said Allen, who scored two touchdowns during the game. “I push my teammates to do better and the scoreboard shows it at the end of the game.”
The game went to 8-0 after Colonial Heights was forced to a three-andout. A high snap fell in the endzone where the punter covered the football and took a safety.
Hopewell came charging back for another score after the kickoff. A screen to Treveyon Henderson and a handoff to Allen netted 46 yards. Grier ended the drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Henderson, who made a diving catch past his marker in the endzone to go up 14-0. The kick this time was missed.
The first quarter ended 21-0 when Cox scored his first touchdown of the night from 10 yards out. He broke through two tackles, sidestepped another and ran through a last tackle on his way in.
The Blue Devils dominated the line of scrimmage through Keyon Williams and Reggie Ruffin, who got three sacks in the game. The line routinely pressured quarterback Hunter Spence and made it difficult for the Colonials’ run game to gain any traction.
“It all starts up front,” Irby said. “Offensive and defensive line is where you want to try to win the football game. We’ve got a great coaching staff at putting kids in a position to be successful and a lot of praise goes to those guys.” The Colonial’s offense was able to muster a few first downs at the start of the second quarter but were eventually stood up 30 yards from the goal line with Ruffin and Williams creating pressure on fourth down.
The next drive went 70 yards for a touchdown after a screen pass went to Kadarius Singleton. He started on the right and cut across the field dodging tackles until he was eventually wrestled out at the Colonial’s 18-yard line. Two plays later, Grier lobbed a pass to Travonte Jones at the back of the endzone. He became the team’s fourth scorer on the night to make it 28-0.
Hopewell kept its foot on the gas, relentlessly running offense at its opponent. From 44 yards out, Sean Allen took a screen pass down the left sideline. The secondary was no match for his speed as he powered past them to hit 35-0 with Allen’s second TD of the game.
The tireless defense was rewarded with points on a missed screen pass by Colonial Heights. The high pass hit the receiver’s fingertips and gingerly fell into the eager hands of Travonte Jones, who ran it back 43 yards for a touchdown.
“I saw the screen right there so I ran to it. I really didn’t know I had the ball until I looked down and I just ran,” Jones said. “Then I saw the quarterback coming, so I just had to go. It felt great - I was hoping to have [an interception] this year and I got it.”
The Blue Devils added only one score to their 42-0 halftime lead. The team finally scored when Cox rolled left on a handoff and had enough blockers in front to make it into the endzone on fourth down after stopped three times by Colonial Heights.
“I still feel we can get better,” Irby said after his team’s 49-0 win. “That’s what we have to stress to the guys: is don’t worry about what our record is. Each and every day at practice, we have to work on getting better, and the guys have bought into it.”
Hopewell will play Prince George (3-3) for homecoming next week in search of stretching its season to 6-0, while Colonial Heights heads to Matoaca to face a hungry 0-6 Warriors unit seeking its first win of the season.