Colts trample Saints; capture three games
|Members of the Middlesex Colts Midgets are, front row from left, Justin Kincade, Rodney Head, Bryan Diggs, Colby Mitchum, Casey Elliott, Dylan Price and Colby Williams; second row from left, Jeffrey Bristow, Matthew Ilson, Anthony Pullman, Brent Hart, Landon Norwood, Matthew Stamm, William Jones, Cameron Cutler and Kian Cheatham; third row from left, Lindsey Hudson, Isiah Burse, Dylan Wells, Cole Ruark, Jaden Reed, Jomari Gonzalez, Brian Frey, Tyrell Key and Brandon Ward; back row from left, assistant coach Rufus Ruark, assistant coach Rob Kincade, head coach Lee Walton and assistant coach Darren Norwood. Not pictured are Dere’onta Redmond and Logan Snyder.|
|Members of the Middlesex Colts Juniors youth football team are, front from left, Garrett Blanchette, Demarcus Doggett, Zack Bristow, Elijah Darnell, Jack Ruark, Cameron Morgan, Isaac Hudgins, and Jared Lawson; second row from left, Clayton Chandler, Zack Burch, Dante Roane, DeAndre’ Jessie, Cole Radabaugh, Codi Nerschl, Camden Kirby, Tyler Radabaugh, Thomas Diggs, Thomas Redmon, and coach Jack Lawson; third row from left, coach Bob Boxley, coach Russell Radabaugh, Kaleb Bristow, Jordan Blake, Thomas Hamilton, Austin Bullock, Tim Wilson, Justin Lawson, Jerry Lindsey, Michael Epps, Jr., Tanner Barrett, Monte Sutton and Darius Reed; back row from left, coach Wayne Jessie, head coach E.J. Blake, coach Stan Gresham and coach Randy Redmon.|
When the Middlesex Colts Youth Football Association was formed in April 2011, one of the goals was to eventually be competitive in the tough 51-year-old Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization. Team coaches and board members realized that being competitive against the established city teams would take several years.
This past Saturday the unheralded Middlesex Colts served notice to these city schools that the future is now. Three games were won by the Colts against the Golden Saints from Newport News. The fourth game was a loss, but the Colts were once again competitive.
In the Junior game (12-14 year olds), the Colts defeated a Saint team that made the playoffs in 2011. In the first quarter the Colts began the scoring with a breathtaking 41-yard punt return for a touchdown by Monte Sutton. Jared Lawson ran for the conversion to make the score 7-0.
In the second quarter, Mike Epps intercepted a Saints pass and the Colts then went on a five-minute drive culminating with a 5-yard Lawson run for a touchdown. Jordan Blake then steamrolled his way for the conversion to make the score 14-0.
At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, Colt kicker Jack Ruark successfully kicked an onside kick, which was recovered by Thomas Hamilton. The Colts then capitalized with a 21-yard touchdown run by Sutton. Blake then trampled over several Saints to put the Colts ahead 21-0.
After the Saints added two late touchdowns and one conversion to make the final score 21-13, the Colts sealed the game late in the fourth quarter with another Mike Epps interception as time expired.
Colts head coach E.J. Blake expressed gratitude to the Colts’ parents and fans who turned up the volume in the fourth quarter and “gave me goose bumps. I also want to commend Mike Epps who intercepted two passes and Monte Sutton who is not only an outstanding football player but who has also become our leader on the field.”
Blake also extended a special thank-you to the team moms and to his outstanding coaching staff “that always puts the children first.”
In the Midget game, the Colts shut out the Saints 7-0. The Colts’ lone touchdown came in the 1st quarter on a sizzling 63-yard run by Iny Redmond. Jomari Gonzolez then bulled his way into the end zone for the conversion.
The final score was not indicative of the total dominance the Colts displayed throughout the contest. The Colts had a beautiful 51-yard TD run by Kian Cheatham called back because of a questionable holding call, and were victimized several other times by penalties.
The Colt defense dominated the game. Head coach Lee Walton stated, “Everyone as a whole stepped up. We tackled better and controlled the game. It was a great game to watch and I want to thank the children and parents for their support. I feel that this win will catapult this team to future successes.”
The high-scoring Colts Mites once again showed the large crowd at MHS that they are a force to be reckoned with by defeating the Saints 27-15. The Colts were led by Xzavion Griffin, Kalob Knight and Isaiah Uriri. Griffin scored a 41-yard touchdown run and three conversion attempts. Knight scored on a 28-yard TD run, and Uriri scored twice on touchdown runs of 52 and 38 yards. Jayden Kidd also scored on a conversion.
On defense the Colts were led once again by Knight who recorded several tackles, and Marcus Billips and Kidd who made several open field tackles. While Billips and Kidd contained the outside, Cameron Bunns made his presence in the middle of the Colts defense with several bone-jarring tackles.
Head coach Michael Reed thanked “the parents and fans for their support and understanding.” He also stated, “I feel we are growing together as a team and I am very proud of all my players.”
In the Mighty Mites (8-9 year olds) game, the Colts were defeated 27-13. Scoring for the Colts was Adam Smith on a 12-yard TD run, Jacob Marx on a 9-yard TD run, and Demetri Pullman on a conversion.
This Saturday, October 6, the Colts travel to Poquoson to take on the Back River Panthers. Game times are 9:30 a.m., Mites; 11 a.m., Mighty Mites; 12:30 p.m., Midgets; and 2 p.m., Juniors.