Colonel rum­bles, stays in con­tention

Times-Record - - SPORTS - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — The cold, rain and wind may have been the only thing that didn’t pro­vide co­op­er­a­tion for Colonel Richard­son High’s homecoming game Satur­day af­ter­noon.

As for Colonel’s foot­ball team, one only needed to zero in on two plays by Jackie Ze­bron to know just how good of a day it was.

The ju­nior quar­ter­back turned a busted play into a 36-yard touch­down run, then re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 96 yards, fum­bled near the goal line, but quickly fell on the ball for an­other score to help the Colonels roll to a 60-12 vic­tory over Washington.

“I’ve never seen him move so fast to get in the end zone in my life,” Colonel Richard­son head coach Dan Mangum said, laugh­ing about Ze­bron’s near end-to-end in­ter­cep­tion re­turn. “Then he fum­bles it. Then he re­cov­ers his own fum­ble. I don’t know how you draw that up.”

What Mangum did know is that yes­ter­day’s vic­tory kept Colonel (5-4) in con­tention with Bo­hemia Manor and Per­ryville for the third and fourth spots in the Class 1A East play­off race be­hind Havre de Grace and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

“It was a big win for us,” Mangum said. “It was homecoming. The kids are pumped up. I thought we did some good things. But you look at that and the health of the team and you start to worry a lit­tle bit.”

Colonel may have lost de­fen­sive end/tight end Ryan Stan­ton to a season-end­ing an­kle in­jury, when he was tack­led while re­turn­ing an in­ter­cep­tion 45 yards for a touch­down with a lit­tle over three min­utes re­main­ing in the first half.

“We won but we lost in the sense we had 19 var­sity kids com­ing in,” Mangum said. “You lose one to­day, pos­si­ble bro­ken an­kle, you’re down to 18. You got an­other kid with his knee, you’re down to 17.

“You’re try­ing to get through, you’re try­ing to get clean, you’re try­ing to stay healthy,” Mangum con­tin­ued. “And you know you have an in­jury here and there, and we still have an out­side shot at the play­offs with Per­ryville, Bo Manor and us all vy­ing for that three or four seed.”

Colonel took a lead in never re­lin­quished on the game’s first play from scrim­mage, as Tyler Stan­ley slipped around left end and blazed 50 yards for a touch­down with the game all of 12 sec­onds old. Jor­dan Gabriel’s two-point con­ver­sion run made it 8-0.

After a Washington three­and-out, Colonel moved from its 48 to the Jaguars’ 22, where Gabriel (8 car­ries, game-high 93 yards rush­ing) found a crease through the mid­dle, crashed into one of his own line­men, then picked up an­other five yards with Washington’s Lavon­tay Tind­ley cling­ing to his back. Ma­son Lam­bert scored from one yard out on the next play, and Gabriel again pow­ered through for the two-point con­ver­sion for a 16-0 lead with 7:10 left in the open­ing quar­ter.

Washington (1-8) an­swered, as Gavin Fon­taine re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off to the Colonel 35-yard line. On the next play, Jaguars quar­ter­back An­thony Sny­der (6 of 15, 76 yards) hit a wide-open Keionte Nut­ter for a 35-yard touch­down pass, shav­ing Colonel’s lead to 16-6 with 6:43 still to go in the first quar­ter.

“I thought we ex­e­cuted well of­fen­sively,” said Mangum, whose team scored on all five of its first-half pos­ses­sions while build­ing a 53-6 half­time cush­ion. “De­fen­sively, we had some let­downs. You had the long pass for a touch­down. They came out in the sec­ond half, we had a big lead, but we’re mov­ing in slow mo­tion and they score right away. We kind of got it to­gether and we ended the game.”

Though Washington’s Ty’Trelle Jones broke loose for a 58-yard touch­down run on the first play from scrim­mage in the sec­ond half — earn­ing Colonel’s de­fense a mini-lec­ture from its head coach — it wasn’t a big enough spark to stir a sec­ond-half come­back or stop the running clock.

After the Jaguars closed

within 16-6, Colonel re­sponded with two more first-quar­ter touch­downs, and three more in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Gabriel got the rout in gear, slant­ing off left tackle for a 13-yard touch­down. Stan­ley’s two-point run made it 24-6. After an­other Washington three-and-out, Colonel drove from its 43 to the Jaguars’ 36. On sec­on­dand-three, Ze­bron ap­peared to try hand­ing off twice, got no tak­ers, then tucked the ball away at raced around right end for a 36-yard score. Cam Er­rick­son ran in the two-point con­ver­sion for a 32-6 bulge.

Then six plays into the sec­ond quar­ter, Sny­der floated a pass over the mid­dle that Ze­bron in­ter­cepted. The ju­nior line­backer weaved through a crowd, broke left down the far side­line, had the ball jarred free near the goal line, but fell on it for a touch­down. The first of Remy Mangum’s four ex­tra­point boots made it 39-6.

Stan­ton ended Washington’s next two pos­ses­sions with in­ter­cep­tions, the first set­ting up an 8-yard touch­down run by Gabriel with a lit­tle over five min­utes re­main­ing in the half. Stan­ton re­turned the sec­ond pick 45 yards for a touch­down, but in­jured his an­kle while be­ing tack­led near the end zone.

Colonel added one sec­ond­half score, of­fen­sive line­man John Weiss plow­ing in from two yards out on the fi­nal play of the third quar­ter.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s John Weiss cel­e­brates after he scored a rush­ing touch­down on of­fense against Washington Satur­day, Oct. 27.

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