AMERICAN CORNER — Colonel Richardson High’s football team crushed Northampton (Va.) 46-8 on homecoming Friday evening.

Mason Lambert rushed for a team-high 115 yards and a touchdown. Cam Errickson added another 109 yards and a touchdown.

The Colonels improved to 5-3 and have a good shot at earning the school’s first-ever home playoff game in two weeks, enough though they still have to face unbeaten and county rival North Caroline in the regular-season finale.

The Colonels wasted little time by getting on the scoreboard 12 seconds into the game when Rakai Jones intercepted a Liam Flynn pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Jones added the two-point conversation for an 8-0 lead.

After a Yellow Jackets punt, Colonel quickly moved down the field on a 23-yard pass from Jackie Zebron to Elijah Palmer. Three plays later, Elijah Stull rumbled 28 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversation failed, and Colonel led 14-0.

The Colonels drove 65 yards on their next possession to begin the second quarter. Two 23-yard runs by Errickson moved the ball inside the red zone. Lambert capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown. Zebron added the two-point conversation for a 22-0 lead.

Northampton got on the board late in the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run by Dustin Splawn to cut the lead to 22-8 after the two-point conversation.

The Colonels came right back with a 65-yard touchdown drive. Lambert rumbled into the end zone from two yards out to put Colonel ahead 28-8.

Stull’s strong play carried over into halftime when he was named the school’s 2019 homecoming king. Soccer player Skyla Butler was crowned homecoming queen.

Colonel opened the second half with Lambert carrying three times for 53 yards. Stull capped drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone. A two-point conversation increased the lead to 36-8.

Errickson recovered a fumble on Northampton’s first play of the ensuing possession. Jones scored four plays later. His two-point conversation gave the Colonels a 44-8 lead. The scoring came to an end when Colonel recorded a safety after Northampton a fumbled snap in the end zone.

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