Blue Dev­ils trounce CH 49-0

Hopewell re­mains un­beaten at 6-0

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - By Sean Jones Staff Writer

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.

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