Colonels’ run ends in loss at No. 1 HDG

War­riors’ five TDs in the sec­ond quar­ter blow open re­gion semi

Times-Record - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

HAVRE DE GRACE — Hav­ing capped an his­toric reg­u­lar sea­son, which in­cluded earn­ing only its sec­ond play­off berth in school his­tory, the Colonel Richard­son High foot­ball team hoped to add to its legacy Fri­day night.

But the only thing colder than the breezy 30-de­gree con­di­tions at James R. Har­ris was the wel­come the Colonels got from host Havre de Grace.

The War­riors, who reached the Class 1A state cham­pi­onship in each of the two pre­vi­ous sea­sons, scored on all but one drive, and blew open a two-score game with five touch­downs in the fi­nal 8½ min­utes of the first half, rolling to a 56-6 vic­tory in a 1A East semi­fi­nal.

Top-seeded Havre de Grace (10-1) will host No. 2 seed Bo­hemia Manor (7-4) on Fri­day at 7 p.m. for the 1A East ti­tle. The Ea­gles de­feated No. 3 Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester on Fri­day, 35-21, to ad­vance.

Fourth-seeded Colonel fin­ished 6-5, the pro­gram’s best record ever af­ter 11 games.

“I do think they were a bet­ter team than us,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said, “but I don’t think that we played our best game, ei­ther, so that plays into it.

“And when you’re play­ing a team that good you have to grind, have to have your best game, and I don’t think that we had nearly that,” Mangum added. “I think that last week against North Caro­line, we played in­spired. I mean, good God, the first quar­ter and a half we were right there with ‘em the whole time.

“But (tonight) we just didn’t have that,” Mangum

said. “I saw this against Wi-Hi (a Week 3 road loss), and saw it again last night. We just didn’t play our best game. But again, that be­ing said, Havre de Grace was a bet­ter team.”

The Colonels lost the coin toss, and then the open­ing kick­off was bob­bled by its re­cip­i­ent at the 2-yard line. Though he re­cov­ered it, the re­turn made it to just the 12yard line.

Set­ting up shop from there, Colonel ran the ball on first down for no gain, and on sec­ond down, quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron threw in­com­plete. But on third-and-10, it looked like they had some­thing good go­ing, Ze­bron hit­ting Tyler Stan­ton over the mid­dle to the Havre de Grace 37-yard line — a gain of 51 yards.

But the gain was negated by an in­el­i­gi­ble re­ceiver down­field call against Colonel. The sub­se­quent third-and-15 pass by Ze­bron, in­tended for Dakota Wil­son, fell in­com­plete, forc­ing a punt.

Havre de Grace took over at Colonel’s 45 — the hosts started just one drive in their own ter­ri­tory all night — and quickly took the lead.

Ja­sai Stans­bury (seven car­ries, 32 yards) scored on a 5-yard run to make it 6-0. Place-kicker Clay Har­ris, who’s plan­ning to try out for the foot­ball team next year at the Univer­sity of Mary­land as a walkon, kicked the first of eight pointafter tries to make it 7-0, War­riors, with 7 min­utes, 58 sec­onds to go in the first quar­ter.

Colonel, which started just one drive out­side its own red zone, got a first down on its next pos­ses­sion, but af­ter a sack of Ze­bron on a pass play, and a 6-yard loss on a fum­bled hand­off the next snap, Colonel punted.

War­rior re­turner Jor­dan White re­ceived the punt at his team’s 33, and re­turned it al­most to the Colonel 20, but a penalty for an il­le­gal block in the back moved it to the Colonel 45 for the sec­ond straight drive.

Again, Havre de Grace punched it in, this time Stans­bury find­ing the end zone on a run from 12 yards out to make it 14-0.

Colonel, un­able to get much go­ing as the half went on, fell in a deeper hole as the sec­ond quar­ter wound down. Stans­bur y’s 4-yard touch­down run with 8:34 to go in the half made it 21-0, and a suc­ces­sion of Colonel three-and-outs, Havre de Grace drives start­ing in Colonel ter­ri­tory, and quick-strike scores led to 35 more home-team points.

A 17-yard pass from sopho­more quar­ter­back Alex Gre­sock to Jor­dan Day, then a 21-yarder, ac­counted for the next two scores, en­abling the sec­ond-half slaugh­ter clock. But Havre de Grace kept com­ing, a 26-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn by Sean Greely mak­ing it 42-0 with 2:49 left in the half.

White’s 18-yard TD run with 35 sec­onds to go be­fore in­ter­mis­sion capped the War­riors’ fu­ri­ous sec­ond-quar­ter surge.

Havre de Grace got its fi­nal score with about 10 min­utes left, Gre­sock hit­ting Devin Morse for an 18-yard touch­down pass.

Colonel busted up the War­riors’ shutout bid in the fi­nal min­utes, TyMir Fos­ter (14 car­ries, 92 yards) dash­ing 44 yards for a score to make it 56-6 — giv­ing the se­nior a mem­ory few have: scor­ing a touch­down in the play­offs on his last of­fen­sive play. Havre de Grace blocked Remy Mangum’s PAT, and the War­riors took a knee to kill the fi­nal sec­onds left to play.

“I was glad to see TyMir score on that,” Dan Mangum said. “He played hard last night; of course he plays both ways. He re­ally left it all out there.”

Colonel will grad­u­ate eight play­ers, but sev­eral play on both sides of the ball, leav­ing 11 holes in the team’s 22 start­ing po­si­tions head­ing into the 2018 cam­paign, most on of­fense.

“I think de­fen­sively we’ll be solid next year. Our de­fen­sive line is back, our ends and our cor­ners are back. I think all we need on de­fense is maybe a line­backer and a free safety,” Dan Mangum said. “Where we’ll have the big ques­tion mark will be on of­fense.

“We lose both wings on of­fense,” said Coach Mangum, whose team has run the dou­ble-wing for decades. “And, yeah, we lose our quar­ter­back, and a cou­ple of of­fen­sive line­men. ... So that’s where we’re re­ally go­ing to feel it more next year. ... I think de­fen­sively we’ll be fine. I just think our of­fen­sive side of the ball is where we’re go­ing to feel the sting more. “It’s been great to do this, this year,” he added. “It’s odd, though; for the base­ball team, if they don’t make the state [playof fs], it’s a down year and they’re mad. For foot­ball, if we make the play­offs it’s a big, big thing. And I’d like to do some­thing about that.

“We took over this pro­gram four years ago,” Mangum said. “And the first year it was about es­tab­lish­ing us as com­pet­i­tive. The next year (2015) we were 4-6 and just missed the play­offs. Last year we were 4-5 and just missed; I think if we didn’t have that last-minute drop[ped game against Regi­nald Lewis], we might have made the play­offs. ... We just have to start to es­tab­lish this pro­gram the was they’ve done with base­ball for so many years, years be­fore I was even there.”

“Here as a cul­ture, as far as Colonel’s cul­ture, win­ning 6 games and mak­ing the play­offs that’s just the best year ever,” Dan Mangum con­cluded. “We want to do more. Our at­ti­tude should be not glad that we just made it, it should be, ‘We’re here now, let’s play, let’s play in­spired, let’s make a run.’ We put up a lot of points this year, had two shutouts; when you’re talk­ing about a team that had 22-24 kids on our ros­ter, that’s pretty im­pres­sive.”

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Colonel Richard­son quar­ter­back Jake Ze­bron rolls right on a pass play dur­ing the third quar­ter of Fri­day night’s game, while line­men John Weiss (55) and John Carter (56) pro­vide pro­tec­tion.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Colonel Richard­son’s Karon Raikes (11) brings down Havre de Grace re­ceiver Jor­dan White dur­ing the third quar­ter of Fri­day night’s game.

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