Ben­nett storms the Colonels

Game post­poned 16 hours by thun­der squall; Clip­pers run clock

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

J.M. Ben­nett 48 — CS-D 6

SAL­IS­BURY — With thun­der­storms forc­ing a 16-hour post­pone­ment of the game’s sec­ond half from Fri­day night to Satur­day morn­ing, James M. Ben­nett High’s foot­ball team was strong on both days, run­ning most of the sec­ond-half clock in a 48-6 rout of Colonel Richard­son.

The Clip­pers held a 29-0 head­ing into Fri­day’s sec­ond half, when light­ning in Fruit­land, a few miles south, was fol­lowed by thun­der. By rule, a 30-minute de­lay, which re­sets upon each au­di­ble thun­der­clap, be­gan. Af­ter nearly an hour of wait­ing, the re­main­der was post­poned un­til 9:30 a.m. Satur­day.

On the team’s first play from scrim­mage in the third quar­ter, Ben­nett made it 35-0 to set up the run­ning clock. Colonel scored on a 54-yard pass from Lorenzo Turner to Ryan Stan­ton with just un­der four min­utes left to play to foil the shutout bid.

“I think we did play a bet­ter first half than the sec­ond one,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “I think we looked pretty good early on; with about six min­utes left in the half, we were down 10-0, and that’s all the points they scored on us last year (Ben­nett won 10-8). And even down 16-0, we got a drive, came down close, and just coughed up the ball.

“Turnovers re­ally just took our feet out from un­der us,” Mangum added. “If we had scored then, make the two-point con­ver­sion, and you’re down 16-8. That’s a one-score game. In­stead, things just went the wrong way and the mis­takes added

up. I think they scored two times in the last four or five min­utes, and the sec­ond came with no time on the clock.”

With its de­fense forc­ing a Colonel three-and-out to start things, Ben­nett got what looked at first to be a 22-yard touch­down run by SaQuan Cot­ton (13 car­ries, 186 yards) on the en­su­ing drive, but a hold­ing penalty negated the play. Two snaps later, Brad Board­man banged home a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0 mid­way through the first quar­ter.

Cot­ton’s 10-yard touch­down run and Board­man’s point-af­ter kick made it 10-0 at the end of the first quar­ter. Micah Red­dish’s 33yard touch­down run made it 16-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. The PAT sailed wide right.

Colonel’s of­fense, mean­while, of­fered only lim­ited re­sults. With 11 yards on the ground, 17 by air, and an in­ter­cep­tion on its first three pos­ses­sions, Colonel got some mo­men­tum late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Back-to-back 19-yard com­ple­tions by quar­ter­back Turner moved the ball into Ben­nett ter­ri­tory. A pair of Jor­dan Gabriel runs brought Colonel to the Ben­nett 13, but the drive stalled, and Colonel turned the ball over.

Jahryn Long then re­turned a Colonel punt 52 yards for a score to make it 23-0, and John Lowe, a lanky ju­nior, made it 29-0 on the last play of the half, catch­ing a 45-yard pass from Bran­don Scholl.

In Satur­day’s con­tin­u­a­tion, Ben­nett re­ceived the sec­ond-half kick­off, which Long brought out to his 39yard line. Scholl then found Cot­ton for a 61-yard touch­down pass on the next snap, mak­ing it 35-0, set­ting up the slaugh­ter clock.

Cot­ton scored again in the third quar­ter on a 33yard toss, and Lowe, whose score on Fri­day was his first ever on var­sity, added a sec­ond. Play­ing cov­er­age in the end zone on a Colonel pass, he picked it off and re­turned it 103 yards for a score, to make it 48-0.

Turner hit Dakota Tow­ers on a 54-yard score with 3:53 to go to give Colonel all its points. Ben­nett out­gained Colonel 290-96 on the ground, while Scholl was 4 for 8, for a pair of touch­downs, one in­ter­cep­tion, and 110 yards. Turner was 4 for 10 for 90 yards and one score, as well as one in­ter­cep­tion.

“This was good for us, in par­tic­u­lar how we came ready for the game in both halves,” Ben­nett head coach Glenn Gibson said. “That’s what we worked on all through pre­sea­son, was ‘be ready to go at ev­ery game, al­ways be ready.’ And the kids re­ally were.”

Colonel hosts Snow Hill at 6 p.m. Fri­day for Week 2, while Ben­nett vis­its Kent Is­land an hour later. Snow Hill lost to Kent Is­land, 490, on Fri­day, the game be­ing called with one minute left in the sec­ond quar­ter, and Kent Is­land hold­ing a 49-0 lead.

Notes: Of the seven games fea­tur­ing Bay­side Con­fer­ence teams slated for Fri­day, only six kicked off, and only two — Stephen De­catur’s 59-20 de­feat of host Ar­ca­dia, Va., and North Caro­line’s 35-8 win at home over Wi­comico High — were com­pleted. Eas­ton at Wash­ing­ton was post­poned more than 24 hours due to thun­der­storms. Kent Is­land’s game was ended early by mu­tual agree­ment of the coaches. Colonel-Ben­nett, and Queen Anne’s at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, both re­sumed Satur­day and fin­ished then, while Park­side’s game at Kent County, which the Rams lead 20-0 half­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, fin­ished Mon­day in a 53-0 Rams win.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/ DWAYNE CHMIELEWSKI

Colonel fresh­man line­man Lesly Fleuris­saint (75) blocks Ben­nett’s Matt Auk­ward dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day night’s first half in Sal­isury, as team­mate Ma­son Lam­bert (22) streaks in for a hit on an­other player.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/ DWAYNE CHMIELEWSKI

Colonel run­ning back Tyler Stanlty (6) takes the toss from quar­ter­back Lorenzo Turner dur­ing the first quar­ter of Fri­day’s game at James M. Ben­nett.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/ DWAYNE CHEMIELEWSKI

Colonel Richard­son quar­ter­back Lorenzo Turner (2) turns to block for team­mate Ma­son Lam­bert dur­ing the first quar­ter of Fri­day night’s game at James M. Ben­nett.

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