Colonels blown out by the In­di­ans

Se­cond-quar­ter scor­ing ex­plo­sion cat­a­pults Wi-Hi

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

— 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.”

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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