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Prep football: Eagles pitch a shutout
BY KURT NICOLL
Mike Campbell heard some trash talking from the opposing Forest Park players during pregame warmups last night at Colonial Forge. Big mistake Bruins.
Angered by their comments, Campbell scored a pair of touchdowns for the first time in his career, teammate Daniel Ezeagwu added a second defensive TD on a long fumble return and the Eagles opened the season with a shutout, their offense exhibiting tantalizing glimpses of what could be a potent attack en route to a 19–0 victory.
“In the first half, the defense just locked it down. We were prepared,” Campbell said. “I think we should have done better, especially in the first half, but it was a good opening.”
Taking the advice of one of his defensive teammates, Campbell slid over into the left flat midway through the second quarter and followed the eyes of Bruins quarterback Joe Walker. The 5-foot-11 senior linebacker hauled in the errant pass at the Bruins’ 24 and had a clear path to the end zone for the lone score of the first half.
The Eagles limited the visitors to 53 yards and two first downs through two quarters.
On the Eagles’ second possession of the third quarter, Colonial Forge put together a 95-yard scoring drive on four plays. Bruins Ebenezer Agyemang made a TD-saving tackle after a 37-yard run by quarterback Damon Daniel, but Campbell broke loose for a 51-yard scoring run on the very next play, plowing the final 12 yards with Bruins’ defender Mustaqueem Williams futilely clinging to his body.
After missing out on a potential TD reception in the first half, Ezeagwu closed out the scoring with a 66-yard fumble return on Forest Park’s next possession.
“I try not to put pressure on my receivers—I try to take some of the blame,” said Daniel, who passed for 105 yards and rushed for 62. “I just had to stay focused and not worry about the last play. It was exhaustion and lack of focus, but we will fix it.”
Coach Bill Brown praised the team’s overall effort, but was concerned over the number of offensive mistakes and missed scoring opportunities.
“It’s a new offense for us, but at the same time, we can execute it better than we did.”
The Eagles open their Commonwealth District season next Friday against Albemarle.
Forest Park 0 0 0 0 — 0
Colonial Forge 0 6 13 0 — 19
CF-M. Campbell 24-yard interception (kick failed)
CF-M. Campbell 51-yard run (run failed)
CF-D. Ezeagwu 66-yard fumble recovery (M. Meyers kick)
First downs10 12
Rushing yardage44-113 35-228
Passing yardage38 105
Rushing: Colonial Forge—Mike Campbell 4-62, TD; Damon Daniel 14-62; Justin Brown 4-20; Remone Miller 5-9; Troy Washington 1–7; Malik Shabazz 2-6; Zach Shannon 3-2; Daniel Ezeagwu 2-(-8). Forest Park—Joe Walker 16-37; Nathan Gaines 6-28; Christian Brown 10-21; Cameron Marouf 1-20; Shayne Daniels 4-7; Allhajie Jalloh 2-4; Cephus Reddick 1-2; Kevin Norcutt 1-1; Mustaqueem Williams 3-(-7).
Passing: Colonial Forge—Damon Daniel 8-18-2 105. Forest Park—Joe Walker 5-16-1 38.
Receiving: Colonial Forge—Daniel Ezeagwu 5-60; Jeff Moore 2-42; Justin Brown 1-3. Forest Park—Christian Brown 2-22; Ricky Morgan 1-11; Shayne Daniels 1-5; Mustaqueem Williams 1-0.
Kurt Nicoll: 540/374-5440