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NW Region, Div. 6 Football: Eagles hold off Patriots
BY NATHAN WARTERS
STAFFORD—Colonial Forge junior Damon Daniel wanted to show Patrick Henry’s David Prince that there were two elite quarterbacks on the field Friday night.
Daniel rushed for a game-high 120 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27–20 victory over the Patriots in the Northwest Region, Division 6 quarterfinals.
“I was very motivated because I wanted to show him that he wasn’t the only nice running quarterback out there,” Damon said.
Daniel actually out-played Prince, a Virginia Tech commit who led a late rally try that fell short deep inside Colonial Forge territory.
The Eagles (9–2), who advance to play at Stonewall Jackson next week in the region semifinals, held Prince in check for most of the game, but he had 54 of his team-high 85 rushing yards in the fourth quarter and scored on a 1-yard run with 2:13 left.
After a successful onside kick, Prince and the Patriots (8–3) drove to the Colonial Forge 19-yard line, but four straight Prince pass attempts fell incomplete as the Eagles held for the victory.
“We fought our butts off tonight. Everybody played well,” Prince said. “We stepped up when we needed to. We just fell short,” Prince said.
The Eagles gave the Patriots, who were making their first playoff appearance since 2000, several different looks on defense and held Patrick Henry to only 225 yards.
“It was a heck of a challenge,” Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown said of the Patriots multiple offense, which at times ran out of a wing–T formation and other times ran out of the spread. “I couldn’t be prouder of the defense.”
For as well as Colonial Forge’s defense played, it had trouble stopping the Patriots in the fourth quarter as Prince moved his team down the field on one touchdown drive and almost did it again in the closing seconds. The Eagles held up at the end with their season on the line.
On third-and-10 from the Colonial Forge 19, Patriots receiver Brandon Robinson was open in the end zone, but Eagles defensive back Richie Nicolas closed in behind him and leapt into the air to swat away the pass.
“It was just in the moment, and I knew I didn’t want my season to be over with, and I had to make a play,” Nicolas said. “I didn’t even realize [how high I jumped]. I just tried to make a play to help my team.”
Daniel rushed for all three of his touchdowns in the second quarter to turn a six-point deficit into a 20–6 Eagles’ lead.
But Patrick Henry grabbed a bit of the momentum back with 1:38 left before halftime when defensive back Tevon Mike scooped up a Colonial Forge fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
“That was huge, because if they had scored right there before the break, it would have been tough,” Patriots coach Alan Fiddler said.
The Eagles were impressive in many areas, but Daniel said they have room for improvement as they try to move closer to a state championship.
Penalties were Colonial Forge’s biggest Achilles Heel against the Patriots, as the Eagles were whistled for 12 infractions, including four straight procedure penalties during the same extra point attempt.
“We’ve got to stop hurting ourselves. We’ve got to pull that up and perform better knowing that we’re at the next level now,” Daniel said. “We’re in the playoffs, so it’s time to step up.”
Pat. Henry-Roanoke 6 7 0 7 — 20
Colonial Forge 0 20 7 0 — 27
PH-A. Harried 15-yard run (kick failed)
CF-D. Daniel 1-yard run (M. Myers kick)
CF-D. Daniel 3-yard run (pass failed)
CF-D. Daniel 1-yard run (M. Myers kick)
PH-T. Mike 65-yard fumble recovery (J. Otterman kick)
CF-M. Campbell 3-yard run (M. Myers kick)
PH-D. Prince 1-yard run (J. Otterman kick)
First downs16 14
Rushing yardage45-164 46-251
Passing yardage61 52
Rushing: Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 26-120, 3TD; Mike Campbell 12-88, TD; Jeff Moore 3-20; Daniel Ezeagwu 4-17; Justin Brown 1-6. Patrick Henry-Roanoke—David Prince 18-85, TD; Antwaun Harried 7-38, TD; Xavier Whorley 17-24; Tevor Mike 2-9; Rasheed Whorley 1-8.
Passing: Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 4-11-1 52. Patrick Henry-Roanoke—David Prince 4-14-0 61.
Receiving: Colonial Forge—Daniel Ezeagwu 2-45; Mike Campbell 1-5; Jeff Moore 1-2. Patrick Henry-Roanoke—Rasheed Whorley 2-37; Brandon Robinson 1-19; Cortez Ogden 1-5.
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