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Prep football: Burns saves Eagles
BY JIM SWING
Ryan Burns doesn’t receive copious amounts of playing time.
So when Colonial Forge starting defensive back Jeff Moore was forced to leave Friday night’s game with calf cramps, Burns was ready to take full advantage of the opportunity.
What was turning out to be one of the top games of Stafford quarterback Billy Bolinsky’s career, Burns quickly turned into turmoil.
The 5-foot-10, 145-pound junior intercepted Bolinsky on two consecutive drives in the third quarter to help the Eagles remain undefeated in a 21–16 win over the Indians.
“I was just excited to get into the game, Burns said. “They just ran the same play, they tried to test me, so I stepped up and made a big play.”
Friday night’s game proved to be a test of Colonial Forge’s mettle.
Bolinsky, who finished 18-of-27 for 312 yards and a touchdown, was nearly unstoppable. Penalties began to pile up on the Eagles. They were flagged 12 times for 160 yards, 115 of which came in the second half.
“We had to overcome a lot of penalties,” Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown understated.
Two touchdown runs by quarterback Damon Daniel and one by running back Remone Miller found the Eagles with a comfortable 21–6 lead late in the third quarter.
But it quickly began to diminish after Bolinsky threw a 37-yard dart to Brandon Williams for a touchdown.
After Colonial Forge went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, Bolinksy led Stafford downfield again, this time setting up Andrew Williams for a 28-yard field goal to cut the lead to five.
The Indians got the ball back with 3:20 to go on their own 7-yard line.
Bolinsky, who had completed five of his last eight passes, was sacked and threw two imcomplete passes to force a punt, which essentially ended the game.
“They’re a very fast, athletic team,” Stafford coach Chad Lewis said. “Defensively especially.”
The Eagles (4–0) face North Stafford (4–0) Friday in a battle of the Commonwealth District’s only remaining undefeated teams.
“We’re excited, Burns said. “Now it’s on to North Stafford.”
Colonial Forge 7 7 7 0 — 21
Stafford 0 6 7 3 — 16
CF-D. Daniel 18-yard run (M. Meyers kick)
CF-R. Miller 4-yard run (M. Meyers kick)
St-A. Williams 17-yard field goal
St-A. Williams 29-yard field goal
CF-D. Daniel 2-yard run (M. Meyers kick)
St-B. Williams 37-yard pass from B. Bolinsky (A. Williams kick)
St-A. Williams 28-yard field goal
First downs19 17
Rushing yardage40-231 16-17
Passing yardage91 312
Rushing:Stafford—Devin Stowell 6-16; Trey Spindle 2-16; Billy Bolinsky 6-(-2); Da’Shawn Harris 2-(-13). Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 22-116, 2TD; Remone Miller 10-62, TD; Daniel Ezeagwu 4-44; Justin Brown 2-11; Richie Nicolas 1-1; T.C. Burton 1-(-3).
Passing:Stafford—Billy Bolinsky 18-27-0 312, TD. Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 6-18-1 91.
Receiving:Stafford—Da’Shawn Harris 6-121; Evan Greening 6-109; Brandon Williams 3-58, TD; Trey Spindle 2-15; Dylan Lane 1-3. Colonial Forge—Daniel Ezeagwu 3-74; Richie Nicolas 2-19; Jeff Moore 1-(-2).
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