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It’s been a very weird start to the football season here in Virginia and it continues. We’ve seen oppressive heat, flood threatening rain, played 13 minutes and 15 seconds of football and still earned a win, and had a game moved from a typical Friday night to a night more known for prayer meetings. Even with all these issues, changes and adjustments one thing remains unchanged….The Colonial Forge Eagles are unbeaten midway through the regular season schedule, and the defense has played a huge part.
On Friday night the Forge traveled to Riverbend to battle the Bears for the 14th time. On the wet and murky grass of the Bears home field, the Eagles took their 13th win in the series with a rather dull 35-0 victory. The Forge played well….but don’t let anybody tell you that this contest was anywhere near competitive.
During the pre-game warm-ups in a virtually empty stadium I heard the Bears break the huddle and head to the locker room. As they broke the huddle they said in unison…”Run it up”. Not sure what the reference was, but I can report that midway through the second quarter some of the huddled Forge fans in attendance were saying “RUN THE CLOCK”. The most excitement for fans of the home team in the first half was learning that their mascot of 14 years finally got a name. Yep, his name is Roberto and if you're reading about a mascot in a game story, it shows just how dull this one was.
The Eagles scored late in the first quarter when the offense put together a 16 play, 50 yard drive that was gift wrapped with three Riverbend offside calls and ended with Madden Lowe (12-18, 188 yds, 1TD) finding Zach Kindel over the middle on a crossing route from 5 yards away. Phillip Lovelace tacked on the point after and the Forge took a 7-0 lead with 4:12 left in the initial frame.
The Bears went 3 and out and when the offense took over inside Bear territory at the 48 it took the Forge 3 plays to cash it in. On third down Lowe took a shot from a Riverbend lineman but still threw a gorgeous pass to Josh Sarratt in the left corner of the endzone and the man they call “Cheese” pulled it in for ANOTHER Eagle touchdown. Lovelace’s extra point made it 14-0 “good guys” with 1:06 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles got the ball back midway through the 2nd quarter and the offense continued to trudge down the sloppy track to get back in the red zone late in the frame. They went 52 yards in 11 plays that was put on the board when Lowe threw another TD pass to Kindel to put the Eagles on top 21-0 with 3:48 until the halftime break. A lead that they would take with them to halftime locker room.
In the second half, the Riverbend offense continued to struggle getting out of its own way but the Forge had enjoyed their halftime snacks that gave them the energy to strike early. Josh Sarratt took a Riverbend punt and ran it down the the Bear 14 yard line. That field position was enjoyed for only one play when Lowe handed the rock to Olliejah Louissaint who did the rest and ran it in for a 28-0 Forge lead just 1:48 into the second half.
The score was lopsided on the board and the field conditions were falling quickly to the saturation of rain that Spotsylvania County received during the recent storms. The surface was a golf course full of divots which affected each teams running game, and during timeouts the field looked more like an easter egg hunt as representatives from both schools tried to put the field back together.
Later in the third the Eagles went on a 72 yard drive in seven plays and Lowe carried much of the load. The Forge was deep in Bear territory when the junior dropped back to pass and got popped square in the chest as he released a pass intended to Elijah Sarratt. The ball went up like a duck but when it came down it was a perfect strike to Sarratt who pulled it in in front of the Eagle sideline. Four plays later Lowe ran it in from 4 yards out to close out the Forge scoring, start that running clock and place the 5th Forge win of the year in the equipment bag heading back up to Courthouse Road.
The 5-0 Eagles now return home to Eagles Stadium next Friday as they host the Brooke Point Black Hawks. The Hawks suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, falling to Stonewall Jackson 21-17. The GREEN is clicking but now the schedule may get a bit tougher. The Massaponax Panthers will follow Brooke Point into Eagles Stadium and the Eagles still have to travel to North Stafford, the first weekend in November to close out the regular season. As crazy as this season has been schedule wise, the good news is that schedule is about to get real.