Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Colonial Forge Football team captured their eighth straight victory of the season and seventh straight win over Stafford on Friday night with a dominating 49-14 win. The area’s top ranked squad took their road show to the Indians house and continued their offensive power that they showed against Massaponax just seven days earlier. It was the Eagles 4th District win of the year and sent them into a bye week they have earned and will enjoy before they get back to work on October 26 at home.
While the Forge offense continues to steam roll opponents, the defense has been outstanding in its own right. The Eagle defense came into Friday’s game having not given up a point to any opponent since Albemarle scored a single touchdown on them in Charlottesville back on the 31st of August. Yes, you could argue that the Forge gave up two touchdowns to Hylton at Eagles Stadium last month, but you must remember that both those Bulldogs scores were on turnovers, with the Forge defense sitting on their bench. One might put an asterisk on Stafford two scores on Friday as well. The two touchdowns the Indians put together were in the second half, long after Eagle Coach John Brown had given his starters the rest of the night off.
The Eagles took the opening kick and went on a methodical 66-yard drive on 11 plays ending in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Madden Lowe to Paten Rodier. Phillip Lovelace drove the point after through the uprights and the Forge was on top with 8:48 left in the opening stanza.
On Stafford’s first possession of the game, they drove into Eagle territory but the drive stalled at the 46 and the home team was forced to punt. Indian kicker Aaron Plonka pinned the “good guys” deep in their own territory at the seven-yard line but on the third play of the drive, the Forge coughed up the football on a screen pass at their own 19-yard line. That Eagle defense held the home team to a three and out and when quarterback Kharliq Richardson’s pass fell to the turf in the end zone, the Forge offense was in business from their own 22.
This time the Eagles took care of the pigskin as Ernesto Bowen started the drive off with a 25 yard run to the Forge 47 yard line. The next two plays Lowe made himself what we like to call a “CHEESE-STEAK”. The junior signal caller tossed it over the middle to Josh Sarratt (CHEESE) down to the 39-yard line, and then on the next play connected with brother Elijah Sarratt (STEAK) on a beautiful post route and the sophomore ran away from his defender for a 14-0 Eagle lead with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
On the Forge initial drive of the second quarter the Eagles started at their own 48. They went 52 yards on just one play as Bowen ran up the middle untouched for the Eagle touchdown with 10:55 left in the first half. Lovelace’s point after made the scoreboard read 21-0 and the BIG BLUE WAVE on the home side of the field started to regret scheduling the high powered Eagles on Senior Night.
The Indians went three and out again on their possession and had to punt it away. The punt was returned for another touchdown but a block in the back penalty against the Eagles took the score off the board and the Forge was forced to start at their own 49-yard line.
The penalty seemed to make the Eagles even more determined. As they were walking off the penalty, Coach Brown turned to his sideline and pointed at all his troops. “We’re going to score RIGHT HERE” said the Eagles 1st year bench boss. Score they did on the second play of the drive Lowe tossed it over the middle to Josh Sarratt and he made a highlight one handed snag of the football and kept going to pay dirt from 46 yards away for the Eagles 28-0 lead with 7:36 left until halftime.
When the Forge got the ball back late in the period, they started another scoring drive, this time from their own 32. Lowe handed the rock to junior running back Jamal Thomas who took the ball all the way down to the Indians 6 yard line. Thomas did so nice, he got the ball twice, and this time he took it down to the one where it was second and goal for the Forge. Lowe would go back again to Thomas on the next play and he found the end zone for the 35-0 Eagle lead and there was still 3:36 left until the halftime break.
The Forge offense would get one more crack before the halftime snacks and they gladly took advantage. Lowe on this last drive rode Zach Kindel all the way down the field for another Eagle score. Lowe had a 1st and 10 at the Indian 34 yard line and he tossed the ball to Kindel along the right sideline. Kindel only had to make one man miss, and after that, he was off to the races and took it in for the 42-0 Forge halftime lead.
In the second half, the running clock was in effect and the Eagle starters were ready to watch the rest of this one from the bench. The home team took advantage as they put together a 60-yard drive in eight plays ending with a 1 yard run by John Zemites for the Indians first points of the game. There was 6:20 left in the third quarter but the clock was running and the Forge was taking the air out of the football.
The Indians got the ball back late and on the first play of the final frame, they pulled off a double reverse pass for a score to cut the deficit to 28 points with 11:51 left in the contest. The Eagles responded to the trickery in just the right way. The Indians kick off went down to the 5 yard line and Josh Sarratt started to his right and found an open lane on the left sidelines in front of his bench. Surprisingly that is all he found and CHEESE took it 95 yards for the score to close out the scoring and give the Eagles a 49-14 win.
The Eagles now enjoy the bye week where they can concentrate on the final two games of the regular season. The Mountain View Wildcats are next up on the schedule and they will come to Eagles Stadium on October 26 for Senior Night and Homecoming.