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Full report: Colonial Forge/Massaponax
BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH
As the Colonial Forge players boarded their bus and fans scurried to their cars, cold and wet just like the night, Massaponax lineman Steven Sobczak’s smile was impossible to erase.
He was cold and wet, too, but he loved every second. The Panthers had just defeated the Eagles, 30–20, and their all-weather identity had taken the next step in its evolution.
“I love this rain,” Sobczak said as sweat and raindrops dripped down his face. “I think it gives us an edge.”
Massaponax fullback Kris Hurt had 20 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and he never let the ball slip from his arms.
Meanwhile, Massaponax’s defense was aggressive and opportunistic. The Panthers forced six turnovers—four fumbles and two interceptions—giving their offense strong field position time and again.
If the Massaponax players appeared comfortable in the biting rain, it’s because they were.
In previous years, like most other teams in this area, Massaponax practiced in its gym during bad weather.
But head coach Eric Ludden remembered too many playoff games in which his team was undone by rainy, muddy, or even snowy conditions.
So this season, for the first time, the Panthers (7–2) practiced outdoors, regardless of what was or was not falling from the sky.
“At first, I think they were kind of waiting to practice in the gym,” Ludden said. “But now they’re used to it.”
And that was evident last night.
Even though the stands were hardly full, and even though the air was cold enough to numb your fingers, the Panthers were at ease.
“We love this type of weather,” Hurt said. “We love the dirty stuff.”
With 42 seconds left in the third quarter, Massaponax quarterback Alphonzo Trice found Joey Foster down the right sideline for a 34-yard touchdown, making it 30–14.
Colonial Forge (5–4) cut into the deficit when quarterback Travonte Monteviro hit Pete Reed for a 42-yard score with 5:33 remaining. The ensuing two-point conversion run was stopped, however.
The Eagles forced a punt after three plays, and Colonial Forge recovered the errant snap at the Massaponax 22.
But three plays later, Massaponax pounced on a Colonial Forge fumble, ending the Eagles’ hopes of a comeback.
Colonial Forge 7 0 7 6 — 20
Massaponax 3 14 13 0 — 30
CF-T. Reed 8-yard run (M. Myers kick)
Ma-K. Phelps 29-yard field goal
Ma-K. Hurt 9-yard run (K. Phelps kick)
Ma-K. Hurt 6-yard run (K. Phelps kick)
Ma-A. Trice 5-yard run (kick failed)
CF-T. Monteviro 38-yard run (M. Myers kick)
Ma-J. Foster 34-yard pass from A. Trice (K. Phelps kick)
CF-P. Reed 42-yard pass from T. Monteviro (run failed)
First downs11 16
Rushing yardage33-191 46-223
Passing yardage78 77
Rushing:Massaponax—Kris Hurt 20-90, 2TD; Delonte Jefferies 13-78; Alphonzo Trice 8-34, TD; Joey Foster 2-17; Javontte Latney 3-4. Colonial Forge—Corey Hankerson 7-58; Travonte Monteviro 8-50, TD; Trey Reed 11-36, TD; Pete Reed 2-24; Akil Tweedy 2-11; Jeff Moore 2-9; Damen Daniel 1-3.
Passing:Massaponax—Alphonzo Trice 3-4-0 77, TD, Joey Foster 0-1-1 0. Colonial Forge—Travonte Monteviro 2-7-2 79, TD; Damen Daniel 1-2-0 -1.
Receiving:Massaponax—Joey Foster 3-77, TD. Colonial Forge—Pete Reed 1-42, TD; Dallas Driver 1-37; Trey Reed 1-(-1).