Stanley has tools in Colonel Richardson win
Senior runs for three first-half scores as CR runs clock on Warriors
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
— 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.
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.