Colts win 13-12 thrillers
The James City Jaguars might think again the next time they schedule the Middlesex Colts for their homecoming. The Colts Mites and Mighty Mites teams spoiled the Jaguars homecoming party last Saturday by winning two close games by the identical score of 13-12.
In the Mites game, the Colts fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Colts QB Thomas Roane broke loose around the right end, stiff-armed a Jaguar defender, and raced 56 yards to tie the game 6-6. The conversion failed.
In the second half, the Colts scored again on a 4-yard run by Xzavion Griffin. Roane then snuck across the goal line to add the all important conversion.
The Jaguars responded with another touchdown to make the score 13-12. With tension mounting on both sides, the Jaguars attempted the game-tying conversion. The young Colts defense stood strong and denied the attempt and escaped with the road victory.
Head coach Randy Redmon was proud of the team effort put forth by his players. Redmon noted, “The defense stepped up and played well when we needed a stop. I was particularly impressed with our gang tackling on the Jaguar conversion attempt. At least 6 of our guys were in on that crucial play. I also want to make special mention of Thomas Roane, who played his best game today. Xzavion (Griffin) and Geion (Reed) also played well, but it took all of our players to get the win.”
The next game between the Colts Mighty Mites and James City Mighty Mites proved to be just as exciting. In the first half the Colts scored first on a 4-yard run by Phillip Hart. Hart’s score was set up by a 31-yard run by Isaiah Uriri. The conversion attempt failed.
The Jaguars then scored a touchdown to tie the game 6-6 just before halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the Colts went ahead again on a scintillating 29-yard reverse run by Uriri. Jacob Marx then made his mark by bulling his way through a pile of Jaguars to score what proved to be the game-winning conversion. The Jaguars came storming back to score a touchdown and make the score 13-12. Once again, as in the earlier game, the Colts defense denied the Jaguars a homecoming victory by blocking the 2-point conversion attempt.
Mighty Mites head coach Mike Reed was proud of his entire team. “I told my players that we won as a team and they should all be proud, and it showed they were all proud by their smiles and their parents’ smiles. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I want to single out Darnell Robinson who stepped up and played great on the offensive line and Talon Cheatham, Isaiah Uriri and Jacob Marx who made crucial plays at crucial times,” said Reed.
In later action the Colts Midgets were defeated 19-8. Scoring for the Colts were Tyrell Key on a 42-yard run and Isaiah Burse who kicked a 2-point conversion.
The injury-plagued Colts Juniors were defeated 25-0.
This Saturday, October 5, the Colts will travel to Poquoson to take on the Poquoson Bull Islanders. Game times are Mites, 9:30 a.m.; Mighty Mites, 11 a.m.; Midgets, 12:30 p.m.; and Juniors, 2 p.m.