AMERICAN CORNER — Without their senior quarterback and without a kicking game, the Colonels kept it on the ground and kept scoring Friday evening against Snow Hill.
Cam Errickson rushed for 180 yards and scored four touchdowns as Colonel Richardson High’s football team improved to 2-0 with a 44-8 pasting of the Eagles.
Mason Lambert rambled for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Colonels amassed 439 rushing yards with freshman quarterback Cameron Lake running the show.
Errickson’s touchdowns included runs of 75 and 61 yards and he added a 52-yard fumble return.
The Colonels scored 14 points in the first quarter and tacked on 22 more in the second to take control.
Snow Hill (1-1) was limited to seven running yards on 22 carries.
“Defensively, we played outstanding,” Colonels head coach Dan Mangum said. “We had a little hiccup there at the end. The kid for them made a great play on a crossing route, but other than that we’re 2-0. I’m not sure that’s ever happened in the history of the school.”
Skylar Arsenault caught a 13-yard pass from Skylar Blank late in the third quarter for the Eagles’ only TD, which briefly stopped a running clock.
Errickson embarked on his 61-yard TD run to end the scoring with one second remaining in the third quarter.
“I thought we played a lot up from last week,” Mangum said. “I thought the penalties hurt us against Clear Spring and missing blocking assignments. We have a young offensive line. We worked a lot on that this week and they seemed to execute well.”
The Eagles’ lone TD was set up when the Colonels, without a viable kicker (one was playing soccer and the backup wasn’t dressed), attempted a pass on fourth-and-17 from their own 10-yard line with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Lake rolled right and was tackled, giving the Eagles the ball on CR’s 13. On a fourth-and-10 from the 13, Blank hit Arsenault cutting to the middle of the end zone to cut Colonel’s lead to 36-6. Darius Dale swept left for two points to complete Snow Hill’s scoring.
But the game was already over by that point.
Lambert found a hole off-tackle before running down the right side of the field for a 50-yard touchdown on the game’s third play. A two-point run failed.
The Colonels fumbled on their next possession but followed that with four straight touchdowns.
Midway through the first quarter, CR’s defense pinned the Eagles back to their own 1-yard line and, after a 24-yard punt, the Colonels were in the end zone two plays later. Lambert took a pitch right for 17 yards and Errickson scored from there, adding a two-point run to make it 14-0.
Snow Hill then produced its best drive but was stopped at CR’s 26-yard line when Jake Towers tackled Jonathan Brittingham one yard short of a first down.
CR runs went for touchdowns on Lake’s next two handoffs. The first one, though, was called back for a penalty, but the second counted — Errickson’s 75-yarder on a pitch left and a burst up the sideline. A two-point run failed, so it was 20-0 with 10:05 left in the first half.
Jackie “Zebron’s the normal quarterback. He was out this week,” Mangum said. “We had a freshman quarterback in there. We kind of changed our game plan a little bit. We kind of had to limit what we do, but he performed well. We kept the ball on the ground, we kept pounding, and we were able to get it done.”
On Snow Hill’s next possession, Errickson picked up a fumbled snap and outraced tacklers into the end zone. Elijah Stull added a two-point run to make it 28-0.
Towers intercepted a pass by Chris Waters to put CR’s offense back on the field. Six plays later, Lambert scored from 19 yards. Towers then bulled through the middle of the Eagles’ defense for two points to make it 36-0 with 4:27 left in the half.
“Cam and Mason and even Rakai (Jones) and Eli (Stull), they all did an outstanding job finding the holes, following their blocks, and our offensive line got a lot better this week,” Mangum said.
“I’m really happy with my guys,” Lambert said. “The one thing we always say is we’ve got to grind other teams down, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“I think we played good for the amount of people we had, considering we had to bring in our freshmen quarterback to play, put him under pressure like that,” Errickson said. “The offensive line and the other backs did good blocking, and I feel like our defense did good and became clutch.”
Snow Hill fumbled a snap again and Colonel’s Austin Alexander recovered the ball, but halftime ended CR’s ensuing possession.
With a running clock to start the second half, possessions were limited to three apiece.
Colonel Richardson travels to face Cambridge-South Dorchester next Friday, with the winner a good bet to finish the season with the Bayside Conference’s 1A football championship.
“The last few years it’s come down to either us or Cambridge,” Mangum said. “Cambridge has won that like 28 times in a row now. It would be nice if we could actually get it one year. … Cambridge is really, really good, and we’re going to have to step up and see if we can give them a game.”
The Vikings have won 11 straight Bayside titles.