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Prep Football: Eagles avoid a letdown in romp
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
The final score of Friday’s game between the Commonwealth District’s first- and last-place team mattered little to either’s head coach.
Both Colonial Forge’s Bill Brown and Orange’s John Kayajanian found something satisfactory out of the Eagles’ 48–0 homecoming rout.
Colonial Forge (7–1, 5–0) can win its third district title in four years with wins over Massaponax and Riverbend in the next two weeks. Brown was hoping to avoid a letdown and see execution.
“That was the biggest thing for us,” Brown said, “to have a good week of practice, which we did, and play good football—not sloppy, not a lot of penalties.”
Mission accomplished. The Eagles scored twice in the game’s first 3 minutes to remove all suspense. They never punted, and their starters drew one illegal shift flag in just over a half of action.
The Eagles got a pair of touchdown runs from junior Daniel Ezeagwu and held the Hornets (1–7, 0–6) to minus-6 yards rushing.
But it was also a night for players who don’t normally see as much playing time to shine. Most notable was senior defensive back Jim Harris, who intercepted two passes (one of which he returned for the game’s first touchdown) and forced a fumble, which teammate Mike Campbell recovered.
“It felt amazing,” Harris said, “probably because it helped my team win.”
Success has been fleeting for Orange, which hasn’t won a district game in a two-year stay in the Commonwealth that will end after the season. But Kayajanian was encouraged that his team didn’t quit and drove to the Colonial Forge 17 in the final minutes before turning the ball over on downs.
“One of my young men told me he left it all on the field,” Kayajanian said. “If that’s the case, I’m happy with it. [Losing] doesn’t make me happy. But we’re down to 20-some players, and we’ve had injuries. But if we compete the best we can, I’m OK with it.”
Orange 0 0 0 0 — 0
Colonial Forge 14 13 14 7 — 48
CF-J. Harris 21-yard interception (M. Myers kick)
CF-D. Ezeagwu 15-yard run (M. Myers kick)
CF-D. Ezeagwu 1-yard run (run failed)
CF-D. Daniel 4-yard run (M. Myers kick)
CF-T. Burton 3-yard run (M. Myers kick)
CF-K. Norgren 24-yard interception (B. Smith kick)
CF-M. Shabazz 1-yard run (B. Smith kick)
First downs7 21
Rushing yardage22–6 34-254
Passing yardage104 85
Rushing: Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 12-79, TD; James Tyler 1-37; Malik Shabazz 5-34, TD; Dewayne Baltimore 2-33; T.C. Burton 7-28, TD; Joel Miller 1-21; Daniel Ezeagwu 3-18, 2TD; Matt Collier 3-4. Orange—Mikael Wallace 10-26; Taiquan Jackson 3-7; Dominique Ellis 4-(-3); Garrett Johnson 5-(-36).
Passing: Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 5-9-0 85; Malik Shabazz 1-1-0 0. Orange—Garrett Johnson 10-17-3 104.
Receiving: Colonial Forge—Richie Nicolas 2-38; Daniel Ezeagwu 1-24; Joel Miller 2-23; Jeff Moore 1-10. Orange—Cameron Rickett 3-41; Mikael Wallace 2-28; Matthew Thurston 3-16; Christian Clore 1-12; Brian Hudson 1-7.
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