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Warren Craft caught a TD pass on the opening play from scrimmage and the Colonels pulled away.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
William Fleming’s players and head coach were thrilled to run post-game wind sprints Friday.
The sprints were the Colonels’ way of celebrating the end of a six-game losing streak, in the form of a 34-7 victory over visiting Rockbridge County. William Fleming (3-6, 1-5 Blue Ridge District) was consistently able to move the ball, and never trailed against the Wildcats (2-7, 1-4).
Colonels running back Jerome Hill ran for 195 yards on 12 carries, scoring three touchdowns. Like several Fleming starters, he spent much of the second half savoring the impending victory on the sideline.
“This feels really good,” Hill said. “I’m doing this for my seniors, doing this for my team. We’re building a foundation here. We’ve been working really hard.”
William Fleming scored on its first play from scrimmage, when Warren Craft caught a long pass from quarterback Tyrell Adams in full sprint and sped into the end zone, untouched, for an 80-yard touchdown.
“That’s always big [to open with a touchdown],” William Fleming coach Bobby Martin said. “You’re fighting like a dog every week. It’s good to get that score.”
The Colonels made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when Adams found Michael Gravely for a 13-yard touchdown.
From there, Hill took over.
Hill ran for a 45-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, pushing the lead to 21-0.
Rockbridge County got on the board with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, getting a 21-yard touchdown reception by Tyler Swisher to cap a 69-yard scoring drive. The Colonels came right back with another score, this one a 60-yard run by Hill with 17 seconds remaining.
“I told the guys, ‘We’re not going to throw it; we’re going to run it and see what happens,’ ” Martin said. “We’ve had about four games where teams scored before the half on us, and it carried over to the third and fourth [quarters].”
Hill capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 37-yard touchdown run. The Colonels forced Rockbridge County to punt five times, and Travon Wade snuffed out a fourth-quarter Wildcats drive with an interception in the end zone for a touchback.
“Football’s blocking and tackling,” Rockbridge County coach Jason White said. “Fleming did better at both of those tonight. They’ve got some great athletes, got us out here on this fast field, and we couldn’t make the plays when we needed to.
“It’s frustrating. They brought their A game tonight and we didn’t.”
Rockbridge County 0 7 0 0— 7
William Fleming 7 21 6 0—34
WF — Craft 80 pass from Adams (Dolue kick)
WF — Gravely 13 pass from Adams (Dolue kick)
WF — Hill 45 run (Dolue kick)
RC — Swisher 21 pass from Wood (Ramirez kick)
WF — Hill 60 run (Dolue kick)
WF — Hill 37 run (kick failed)
First downs 11 14
Yards rushing 111 330
Passes C-A-I 12-22-1 6-10-0
Yards passing 95 128
Penalties-yards 3-30 7-70
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Punts-average 5-41 3-27
RUSHING — Rockbridge County, Merchant 10-46, Wood 11-37, Pooley 6-16, Friedman 1-11, White 1-1. William Fleming, Hill 12-195, Adams 4-49, Jones 7-44, Fayette 4-19, Johnson 4-10, Jones 1-3.
PASSING — Rockbridge County, Wood 12-22-1-95. William Fleming, Adams 5-9-0-125, Jones 1-1-0-3.
RECEIVING — Rockbridge County, Swisher 3-42, Colliton 1-24, Friedman 2-15, White 6-14. William Fleming, Craft 2-89, Gravely 2-27, Robinson 1-9, Wade 1-3.
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