GARRISONVILLE It’s not often that the Colonial Forge football team has worn an opponent down.
Colonial Forge fourth-year coach Karl Buckwalter kept the defensive pressure coming and now that everything has changed in the Commonwealth District, the Eagles can wear you down.
The Colonial Forge defense forced five turnovers and scored two touchdowns as the visitors soared to a 41-19 win over North Stafford on Friday in a non-district contest.
Though both teams are in the Commonwealth District, the game is considered a non-district contest. The second meeting, which will be played at Colonial Forge on Oct. 18, will count in the district standings.
According to Buckwalter, it is important that his team stays focused because it is only the second game of the season.
“We preached to the team day-in and day-out,” Buckwalter said, “that the only one that is going to beat us is us. The team came out of the win at Stafford mad and sad. We won by two touchdowns but the kids weren’t happy because we turned the ball over three times and had 85 yards in penalties.
“Tonight we started to gel. We came in prepared and proved we can win a big ball game. Was it do or die? Absolutely not, but it was extremely important that we proved we can beat North Stafford and we are an up-and-coming team.”
Senior defensive lineman Chris Corbin caused and recovered a fumble on North Stafford’s first offensive play a pass over the middle to Carl Baker. Five plays later, Mike Porter kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
To start the second quarter, the Eagles’ Corey Blue returned a Kevin Steckel punt 33 yards to the Wolverines’ 18-yard line. Three plays later, Porter converted a 30-yard filed goal but the Wolverines were flagged for running into the kicker. Rewarded with a first down, the Eagles Sean Hill scampered in from the 8-yard line on the next play as Colonial Forge went up, 10-0.
North Stafford responded with a nine play, 66-yard drive that ended on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Octavius Douglas.
The Eagles then got back-to-back interceptions by Kevin Chapman (39-yard return) and James Davis (28 yards) that were both returned for touchdowns.
With the scored 24-6, North Stafford put together a seven play, 62-yard drive that resulted in the second touchdown of the night for Douglas on a 2-yard run.
However, the Eagles put the game away with their third touchdown of the quarter. When faced with a long third down, quarterback Randy Hippeard flipped to Brandon McKenney on a shovel pass and the speedster went 63 yards around the right side for the score. Porter added the PAT for the 31-13 lead.
Porter, a senior kicker who also runs cross-country in the fall, accounted for 11 Colonial Forge points. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder hit a 36-yarder early in the fourth quarter with plenty of room to spare.
On defense, Corbin finished with 10 tackles, blocked a punt, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
“Right now we have no excuses,” Corbin said. “Our time has come and it is up to us to go out and play. We have a lot more balling we can do. It is just up to us to go out there and do it.
MANASSAS PARK 38, PAGE COUNTY 0: Price Ward rushed for 100 yards and quarterback Zach Terrell threw a pair of touchdown passes to lead unbeaten Manassas Park to a 38-0 victory over Page County on Friday night.
The Cougars improved to 3-0 overall as Terrell ran for 96 yards and completed 8 of 17 passes for another 129 yards.
Six players scored touchdowns for Manassas Park. Ivan Fitchett ran 60 yards to put the Cougars in front and A.C. Fitchett followed with a 48 yard TD reception from Terrell.
Terrell then sprinted 17 yards to extended Manassas Park’s lead to 18-0. Ben Pruitt’s 36-yard TD reception and a 19-yard scoring run by Price Ward extended the margin to 31-0.
Chris Tanks returned a fumble 70 yards for the final score.
A.C. Fitchett caught five passes for 74 yards.
QUANTICO 43, MODEL SCHOOL 7: Quantico scored on its first three possessions Friday night and accumulated 421 yards in total offense to extend its season-opening winning streak to three games. Shawne Hammond carried the ball 21 times for 138 yards and quarterback Garrett Keniry completed all seven of his passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors.
Hammond had three TD runs and Patrick Croffie caught a pair of scoring tosses from Keniry. Andrew Thomas picked up 71 yards on the ground and also scored a touchdown for Quantico.