By Adolphus Ames –
The Nandua Warriors hosted the Colonel Richardson Colonels last Friday, Oct. 15. They lost 44-0.
The first quarter was scoreless. In the second quarter, the Colonels scored a rushing touchdown and made a successful 2-point conversion attempt to take an 8-0 lead. The Warriors responded with a strong drive. Quarterback Chayce Wayman threw a long pass to wide receiver Benjamin Stodghill that placed the Warriors on the Colonels’ 39-yard line. This play was followed by a 12-yard rush by Wayman, but the Warriors were unable to punch it into the end zone and turned it over downs. A fumble on their next possession and failure to recover an onside kick after the Colonels next drive placed the Warriors in a 32-0 halftime hole.
Despite the halftime deficit, the Warriors refused to surrender. They started off the second half looking to make a defensive statement. Jacob Meilhammer sacked the Colonels’ quarterback midway through the third quarter and the Colonels were forced to punt soon after. A couple turnovers prevented the Warriors from getting back in the game offensively, but the defensive unit still held its ground. Defenders kept the Colonels scoreless in the third quarter and held them to only 12 points in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Tom Rotkowski saw many positives in the game. “We did a better job executing offensive plays this week, but we need to finish drives and make them count,” he said. “Our open field tacking was better this week on defense, but we need to do a better job controlling the line of scrimmage. We’ll learn from our mistakes and be better next week.”
Wayman went 7-11 on passing attempts for 71 passing yards. Tyler Greene had four catches for 22 yards. Deshawn Johnson had two catches for 11 yards. Benjamin Stodghill had one catch for 36 yards. Kamari Harmon had one catch for 8 yards. Brandon Smith had one catch for 5 yards. On the ground, Johnson had 10 carries for 12 rushing yards. Isaac Stodghill had two carries for 3 yards.
I’kese Johnson had seven tackles. Makai Dorn had five tackles and three tackle assists. Greene had four tackles. Harmon had four tackles and two tackle assists. Deshawn Johnson had one tackle and three tackle assists. Alex Gibney had two tackles and two tackle assists. Hunter Rippon had two tackles. Brandon Adamos had one tackle and one assist. Meilhammer had one tackle and one sack. Dahleal Harmon and Caleb Chrisman each had one tackle.
The Warriors’ next game was Thursday, Oct. 21. They hosted the Arcadia Firebirds in a district rivalry game.