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NW Region, Division 6 Football: Blocked kick lifts Eagles
BY NICK ST. DENIS
MANASSAS—There were at least half a dozen defining moments in Colonial Forge’s Northwest Region, Division 6 playoff bout with Stonewall Jackson.
The last one was the most definitive.
It didn’t seem possible things could get any more climactic than when the Eagles’ Jeff Moore returned a punt 61 yards to the 4-yard line to set up a go-ahead touchdown with just over a minute to go.
Then overtime was a near-guarantee when Stonewall Jackson drove all the way down the field in less than a minute to score as time expired.
But the Eagles had one more regulation-time play in them—a blocked extra-point attempt by Troy Washington to lift Colonial Forge to a 31–30 win. The Eagles advance to play Hylton next week at a time to be determined.
“I knew my teammates would come through,” Eagles quarterback Malik Shabazz said.
Shabazz came through a bit himself.
The junior signal-caller took over full time behind center when quarterback Damen Daniel was lost to injury midway through the game.
Shabazz threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Ezeagwu and fit in seamlessly to the Eagles’ well-rounded offensive attack.
“We have a lot of faith in what he can do,” Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown said.
Daniel had 14 rushing attempts before injuring his leg, and threw a touchdown pass of his own to Ezeagwu, who finished the game with 128 yards on just four grabs. Ezeagwu was especially impressive on his yards-after-catch.
Mike Campbell made big contributions with a 42-yard interception return for a score, and he also carried in the team’s final touchdown.
Also, Colonial Forge couldn’t have done it without Matt Meyers, who was good on all four of his extra-point attempts and made an important 38-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Eagles did everything they could to try to slow down Stonewall Jackson quarterback Greg Stroman, but they knew it would be an improbable task.
Stroman was in on every one of the Raiders’ touchdowns as he rushed for three in amassing 75 yards, and he also connected on 20 of 29 passes for 261 yards and another touchdown.
“Our game plan was not to give him huge running lanes,” Brown said. oach Bill Brown said. “We had to compress it, and the only way you can compress it is with pressure. There was no way in the world that we felt like he wasn’t going to make plays tonight. We just wanted to limit him as much as we could.”
The teams traded scores three times in the first half, going into the break at a 17–17 deadlock.
Stroman found the end zone for the third time on a 43-yard run midway through the third quarter to give his team its second lead of the night.
The Eagles scored on consecutive touchdowns in the second half of the fourth quarter, but Stroman drove his team down the field and threw a touchdown pass as time expired before Washington blocked the extra-point attempt.
Colonial Forge 7 10 0 14 — 31
Stonewall Jackson 7 10 0 13 — 30
CF-D. Ezeagwu 40-yard pass from D. Daniel (M. Myers kick)
SJ-G. Stroman 10-yard run (J. Vargas kick)
CF-M. Myers 38-yard field goal
SJ-G. Stroman 16-yard run (J. Vargas kick)
CF-M. Campbell 42-yard interception (M. Myers kick)
SJ-J. Vargas 33-yard field goal
SJ-G. Stroman 43-yard run (J. Vargas kick)
CF-D. Ezeagwu 35-yard pass from M. Shabazz (M. Myers kick)
CF-M. Campbell 4-yard run (M. Myers kick)
SJ-R. Osei 4-yard pass from G. Stroman (kick blocked)
First downs12 11
Rushing yardage40-177 29-113
Passing yardage179 261
Rushing: Stonewall Jackson—Greg Stroman 14-75, 3TD; Keenen Boyce 7-56; Javon Purvis 4-0; Ekoue Aziaba 3-(-6); Reuben Osei 1-(-12). Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 14-54; Mike Campbell 6-42, TD; Jeff Moore 4-25; Daniel Ezeagwu 4-20; Malik Shabazz 6-19; T.C. Burton 3-12; Richie Nicolas 2-5; Justin Brown 1-0.
Passing: Stonewall Jackson—Greg Stroman 19-26-0 261, TD. Colonial Forge—Damen Daniel 5-16-2 106, TD; Malik Shabazz 5-9-0 73, TD.
Receiving: Stonewall Jackson—Justin Baird 4-58; Reuben Osei 6-54, TD; Markell Bates 3-45; Kaleb Prejean 2-33; J.R. Washington 2-31; Keenen Boyce 1-30; Javon Purvis 1-10. Colonial Forge—Daniel Ezeagwu 4-128, 2TD; Jeff Moore 4-35; Ryan Burns 2-16.
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