Stan­ley has tools in Colonel Richard­son win

Se­nior runs for three first-half scores as CR runs clock on War­riors

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

ONLEY, VA. — Tyler Stan­ley ex­em­pli­fies the old say­ing, “it’s the quiet ones you’ve gotta watch.”

The con­stantly smil­ing se­nior tail­back wasn’t very chatty Satur­day af­ter­noon, but his deeds spoke vol­umes.

Stan­ley ran for three first-half touch­downs, caught a two-point con­ver­sion pass, and ran for a con­ver­sion to have a hand in more than half of Colonel Richard­son High’s points in a 40-0 rout of Nan­dua.

“Oh, it’s not all about me. The line did a lot of work to make it hap­pen,” Stan­ley said humbly. “We’re just try­ing to play our game, make it count. If we want to make play­offs again, we’ve got to get it done.”

Stan­ley’s three scores ac­counted for most of Colonel’s 32-0 half­time lead. Colonel re­cov­ered a Nan­dua fum­ble early in the third and scored mo­ments later to set the run­ning clock in mo­tion.

Colonel im­proved to 4-3 and stayed alive in its hunt for back-to­back play­off berths.

“Re­ally, it’s a two-game sea­son from here, maybe re­ally a onegame sea­son,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “I’m pretty sure we’re gonna win our home­com­ing game (Week 9 against Wash­ing­ton). Wash­ing­ton hasn’t won yet, and they’ll be up for home­com­ing. Hon­estly, if I have to be a rah-rah guy to get you up for home­com­ing, you’ve got big­ger prob­lems.

“But next week, we’ve got to go back down here, an­other 25 min­utes fur­ther south, and play Northamp­ton,” Mangum added. “And they’ve got some­thing like 17 se­niors on their team. Shoot, we dressed 18 kids to­day for our game.

Those 18 made it count, hold­ing the War­riors (3-5) to mi­nus-2 rush­ing yards in the sec­ond quar­ter, and only 45 to­tal yards af­ter half­time while con­trol­ling the ball for 34 of the game’s 48 min­utes of play.

Stan­ley’s 14-yard touch­down run with 10 min­utes, 6 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter capped a quick open­ing drive which went 44 yards on six plays. The Colonels made it 8-0 thanks to Stan­ley’s two-point con­ver­sion run.

The War­riors seemed poised to re­spond on their first pos­ses­sion, driv­ing from their 26 into Colonel’s red zone. The 13-play pos­ses­sion took just over four min­utes, and was punc­tu­ated by a 16-yard pass by Joe Teasley to Xza­yv­ior Snead, a 19-yard pass to Jay Bai­ley, and a 5-yard run by Da­mani Baines on fourth-and-4 from the Colonel 36.

A first-and-10 from the Colonel 11 was fol­lowed by a pair of Baines rushes which put the ball on the 5. But the War­riors only went back­ward. Baines was dropped for a 2-yard loss on third down, and Teasley was sacked at the 12 on the next play, forc­ing a turnover on downs.

Colonel’s sec­ond drive yielded an­other Stan­ley touch­down. Driv­ing 88 yards on 14 plays, Jor­dan Gabriel and Ma­son Lam­bert joined forces with Stan­ley to take turns push­ing the War­riors back. Stan­ley’s 5-yard carry on thir­dand-goal, fol­lowed by a 2-point Lorenzo Turner pass to Gabriel, put the Colonels up 16-0 two plays into the sec­ond quar­ter.

Colonel, which didn’t punt un­til the fourth quar­ter, scored on its third pos­ses­sion, this time from 18 yards out on a Stan­ley jaunt around left end. Lam­bert’s 2-point run made it 24-0 with 5:27 to go un­til half­time.

Mean­while, the Colonel de­fense was strong on the ground. Af­ter al­low­ing just 31 yards on nine first-quar­ter car­ries, it held the War­riors to mi­nus-2 in the sec­ond

STAN­LEY

— in­clud­ing a 12-yard Bai­ley run as the half drew to a close.

A shanked punt on the third Nan­dua pos­ses­sion led to the fi­nal score of the half, a 1-yard Gabriel run. Gabriel caught an­other pass from Turner for the fourth suc­cess­ful Colonel 2-point play in as many tries, with 53 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“The de­fense did a great

job for us,” Mangum said. “Tyler and Jor­dan, Ma­son, they all did well run­ning the ball, and the line stayed on its blocks. We’ve got to keep play­ing like this, though, or else we’re not gonna make the play­offs. The next game might come down to it. Just a mat­ter of us play­ing, us pos­si­bly play­ing a game at home if things go just right, or us not play­ing at all in the post­sea­son. But I’m proud of what they did to­day. This is the kind of play they’re ca­pa­ble of.”

A Bai­ley fum­ble on Nan­dua’s sec­ond snap af­ter

half­time was re­cov­ered by Colonel’s Rakai Jones at the War­rior 36. Four plays later, Lam­bert bolted in from three yards out to make it 38-0, start­ing the run­ning clock. Stan­ley’s re­cep­tion of a Turner 2-point pass made the Colonels 5 for 5 on con­ver­sions, and put them up 40-0, with 9:14 to go in the third.

Colonel out­gained the War­riors 175-37 on the ground. Stan­ley car­ried 10 times for a game-high 83 yards.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Colonel Richard­son’s Tyler Stan­ley (6) dashes around left end dur­ing the first quar­ter of Satur­day’s game at Nan­dua (Va.) High with a block from team­mate Ryan Stan­ton (10) and sup­port from quarterback Lorenzo Turner.

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