Bennett storms the Colonels
Game postponed 16 hours by thunder squall; Clippers run clock
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.
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.
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.
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.