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Prep Football: Victory proves Trojans’ wait was well worth it
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Essex and Washington & Lee entered Wednesday night’s Northern Neck District football game dealing with unusual circumstances.
The game was scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed with Hurricane Sandy approaching. Neither team could practice all week because school was canceled.
Essex handled the situation better than the Eagles, who were routed at home, 39–0.
The Trojans (9–0, 4–0 Northern Neck) kept their perfect season intact. They and the Eagles (5–4, 2–2) have qualified for the Eastern Section, Division 2 playoffs.
“It was very difficult to organize and get ready with these last two days off,” Eagles first-year head coach Antron Yates said. “But we can’t make excuses because both teams dealt with the same elements.”
Essex sophomore quarterback Domenik Broaddus passed for 272 yards and five touchdowns. He connected with junior receiver Dartanious Jones for 106 yards and three scores.
And when Broaddus wasn’t hooking up with Jones, he was taking advantage of the size mismatch his receivers had over the Eagles’ defensive backs.
He hit Alonzo Tompkins (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) for a leaping 7-yard touchdown grab to give Essex a 27–0 lead 1:55 before halftime.
“They always do good things when they get the ball,” Broaddus said of his receivers.
The Trojans were averaging 54.3 points per game entering Wednesday night’s contest. They showed why from the start. When their wide receivers weren’t getting open deep, they were running a long way with short passes. And when Essex needed to run the ball, it turned to bruising 233-pound running back Raheim Rolling, a senior transfer from Henrico High School.
“Offensively, they’re awesome,” Yates said. “You can’t cover down because [Rolling] will punish you in the middle. And when you stack the box, those four wideouts will give you trouble.”
The Essex defense allowed 96 total yards, many after the outcome was decided. W&L standout running back Kwame Gray was held to minus-6 yards rushing.
“We knew we had to stop Kwame because he’s fast and quick,” Essex linebacker Tyrell Ware said. “I have to give credit to the defensive line. They did a good job beating blocks, the linebackers flowed down into the holes and stuffed them.”
The Trojans will return to school today for the first time since last Friday and will conclude their regular season at home against Rappahannock on Saturday. The Eagles will find out today if their trip to Colonial Beach will be Friday night or Saturday.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Essex coach John Fulks said. “To take all those days off and to look that sharp, it looks good heading into the postseason.”
Essex 14 13 12 0 — 39
Washington & Lee 0 0 0 0 — 0
Es-D. Jones 5-yard pass from D. Broaddus (J. Compton kick)
Es-D. Jones 54-yard pass from D. Broaddus (J. Compton kick)
Es-K. Bundy 40-yard pass from D. Broaddus (J. Compton kick)
Es-A. Tompkins 7-yard pass from D. Broaddus (kick failed)
Es-D. Jones 25-yard pass from D. Broaddus (kick failed)
Es-R. Rolling 13-yard run (kick failed)
First downs 16 8
Rushing yardage 18-82 40-100
Passing yardage 294 16
Passes 17-20-1 3-13-2
Punts Avg.1-14.0 4-27.0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 9-1
Penalties-yards 4-40 4-57
Rushing: Washington & Lee—Marion Pollard 5-48; JaQuan Ball 1-22; Dexter Thompson 11-20; D.J. Weldon 3-19; Eric Mason 1-2; Dwayne Cherry 13-(-5); Kwame Gray 6-(-6). Essex—Rahiem Rolling 11-96, TD; George Pierce 1-1; Dartanious Jones 3-(-4); DeAndre Baylor 3-(-11).
Passing: Washington & Lee—Dwayne Cherry 3-13-2 16. Essex—Dominek Broaddus 16-19-1 272, 5TD; Anthony Jones 1-1-0 22.
Receiving: Washington & Lee—Davon Hamilton 1-10; Eric Mason 1-4; Kwame Gray 1-2. Essex—Dartanious Jones 5-106, 3TD; Tyrell Ware 1-42; Keith Bundy 3-39, TD; Rahiem Rolling 1-32; Alonzo Tompkins 3-32, TD; William Kelly 1-22; DeAndre Baylor 2-21.
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