Colonels blown out by the Indians
Second-quarter scoring explosion catapults Wi-Hi
— The Colonels couldn’t have opened their game Thursday evening any better.
Tyler Stanley took advantage of blocking in the middle of the field on the opening kickoff and ran for a 90-yard touchdown to give Colonel Richardson’s High’s football team a 6-0 lead over Wicomico.
Remy Mangum then kicked the ball through the uprights to make it 7-0 with just 14 seconds off the clock.
After Wicomico countered with an 80-yard touchdown drive and a two-point conversion on its second offensive series, the Colonels answered with a 60-yard scoring drive culminating with a 37-yard field goal by Mangum for a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But there were three more quarters to play. Wicomico’s D.J. White carried the ball on the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Colonel Richardson 17-yard line. On the next play, Ronnie Satchell took the ball on a pitch left, picked up some yardage, broke two tackles at the 6-yard line, and rolled into the end zone, and the Indians led the rest of the way in a 38-10 victory.
Andre Matthews broke more tackles on a pitch right for a two-point conversion to put the Indians ahead 16-10.
Colonel Richardson’s offense, despite continuing to move the ball, didn’t score again.
The Indians improved to 2-1 while Colonel Richardson fell to 1-2.
“We started out well and then we faded,” Colonels head coach Dan Mangum said. “We didn’t make the adjustments at halftime like we needed to offensively. We had some stupid things happen. We fumbled the ball and they ran it all the way back. We just kind of shot ourselves in the foot, didn’t build on that early momentum.”
The Colonels drove to the Wi-Hi 10-yard line with a 10-play drive on their first possession of the second quarter. The drive included a 12-yard counter run by Mason Lambert on a fourth-and-9 to the Indians’ 17. But they could only pick up seven yards on the next three plays and then a snap was bobbled on a field-goal attempt allowing the Wicomico to regain possession. Four plays later, the Indians were in the end zone again.
Indians senior quarterback Khalil Evans connected on three passes for 70 yards, including two for 54 yards to junior wide receiver Joshua Shockley, the second one a 20-yard TD catch in the middle of the field. Wicomico also showcased junior fullback Cameron Kodua, who powered inside for a two-point conversion to make it 24-10.
The second half featured sputtering offenses by both teams stifled by yellow flags except for a 10-play drive by Wicomico to open the second half.
Facing a third-and-25 on the opening possession of the second half, White took a counter right and sped around defenders and up the right side of the field for a 50-yard gain to the Colonels’ 5. Three plays later, Kodua sidestepped a tackler at the 4-yard line and strolled into the end zone to make it 30-10. Evans then hit Shockley for a two-point conversion, with Shockley tipping the ball up and grabbing it while falling down deep in the end zone for a 32-10 lead.
On Colonel’s next possession, an eight-play drive, Satchel stripped the ball from a runner and returned the ball 77 yards for a touchdown to end the scoring with 2:12 left in the third quarter. The Colonels only produced one more first down the rest of the game.
“We had them third-and-forever, two or three times, and they end up getting first downs,” Coach Mangum said. “That’s just a breakdown of our assignments at that point. On the one pass, we don’t cover the flat on third-and-25, those are the things that hurt. That’s what we talked about after the game. We’re not a bad football team. If we clean things up, we could give Cambridge-(South Dorchester) a game next week hopefully and then we go into a five-game stretch. “Last year we won five in a row and that’s when that stretch started and then you’ve got North (Caroline) High at home. Could we go out there a beat Cambridge? Yeah, I believe so. You have to play four quarters.”
Colonel Richardson High’s Mason Lambert is brought down by Wicomico defenders, from left, Joshua Shockley, Donyae Johnson, and Dylan Allen during the first half Thursday evening.
Colonel Richardson High’s Tyler Stanley runs up the middle of the field during his 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the Colonels’ game against Wicomico on Thursday evening.