Colts capture three homecoming wins
|Members of the Middlesex Colts Midgets are, front from left, Donovan Soloman, Michael Barney, Wyatt Brown, Alex Bullock and Casey Jones; second row, Neaven Johannsen, Frederick West, Matthew Hart, Landon Norwood, Hunter Snyder, Darnell Mundin, Matthew Wilson and Logan West; third row, Nathan Shaw, Cole Ruark, Isaiah Burse, Jo’Mari Gonzalex, Tyrell Key, Brandon Ward, Adam Smith, Cameron Cutler and Austin Jenkins; and back row, coaches Darren Norwood, Lee Johannsen, Eric Smith, Richard Love and head coach Fred West. (Photo by Larry Chowning)|
A successful football program has a way of bringing small communities together. This togetherness was never more evident last Saturday at the Middlesex Sports Complex in Locust Hill as the Middlesex Colts, with a large homecoming crowd watching in the rain, won three games against the Gloucester White Knights.
The Colts, in their third year playing in the highly-competitive Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization (PYFCO) league, are amazingly fielding playoff-caliber teams. “Middlesex County residents should be proud of their young Colts,” said team official Tom Hamilton.
The homecoming celebration began early as the Colts Mites (6-7 year olds) crushed the White Knights 19-0. The Colts Mites were led by Xzavion Griffin who scored two touchdowns on runs of 50 and 51 yards. Both conversion attempts failed.
In the second game, the Colts Mighty Mites won a hard-fought battle over Gloucester 14-7. The Colts were led by the rugged running of Jacob Marx, who scored two touchdowns on runs of 14 and 2 yards. Quarterback Phillip Hart added both conversions on short runs.
In the third game, the gritty Colts Midgets won 18-6. Isaiah Burse stole the spotlight by making a crucial interception near the Colts goal line and then raced, juked, and weaved 94 yards to paydirt. Also scoring for the Colts was Tyrell Key on a 2-yard run, and quarterback Adam Smith on a 2-yard sneak.
After the game, Colts head coach Fred West stated, “We are hitting on all cylinders—offense, defense and special teams. This was by far our best team performance. I want to single out Casey Jones and Darnell Mundin who repeatedly made big plays tackling big number 34 all by themselves. We have a lot of enthusiasm after this win, but now we need to get ready for West Point.”
In the fourth game, the injury-plagued Colts Juniors lost 34-13 to a talented first-place Gloucester team. The Colts were led by quarterback Logan Snyder who threw a 15-yard laser to a leaping Anthony Pullman for one touchdown. Snyder sneaked into the end zone for the conversion. Thomas Diggs scored the second touchdown for the Colts on a 33-yard run.
This Saturday, October 19, the Colts travel to West Point to take on the Tri-River Titans. Game times are Mites, 9:30 a.m.; Mighty Mites, 11 a.m.; Midgets, 12:30 p.m.; and Juniors, 2 p.m.
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