Stone Bridge 49,
It took the Stone Bridge offense four games to find its groove, but the Bulldogs exploded at the right time.
Stone Bridge made a fantastic first impression in its AAA Liberty District debut Friday night, scoring seven touchdowns and piling up 551 yards of offense in a 49-20 win over Jefferson at home. The Bulldogs, who averaged 14.7 points a game before Friday, ran their offense the way they knew they could.
"We got back to basic Stone Bridge offense -- just running the ball, trying to power it and using a little misdirection," senior running back Shamar Knight-Justice said. "That's what we do best, and that's why we were successful."
The Bulldogs' single-wing offense was extremely effective. Their fake handoffs and constant misdirection kept the Colonials (3-1, 2-1) off balance all game.
"We threw a lot of misdirection plays in there at them, a lot of reverses and stuff like that," quarterback Terrence Glenn said. "Being new to the district, they weren't really used to the single-wing offense. I think that caught them off-guard a little bit."
As the Bulldogs' offense clicked for the first time this season, a triple backfield threat emerged. Along with Glenn, Knight-Justice and sophomore Kevan Walker combined for six touchdowns and 321 rushing yards. Afterward, each player talked about how the others' presence in the backfield allows Stone Bridge to wear down defenses.
"It makes our offense even better because we're real diverse, and they don't know what's coming to them," Knight-Justice said. "All I've got to do is carry out my fakes the best that I can to help the other players out and hope they can make a big play."
Stone Bridge's defense harassed Jefferson quarterback Matt Wong all game. Wong entered the game averaging more than 100 yards rushing and passing per game. He maintained those averages with 142 rushing yards on 25 carries and 129 passing yards, but it didn't come easily. He was forced to pick himself up off the ground after most of his passes, and his white jersey was completely brown after the game. Stone Bridge intercepted four passes, including three by senior Tony Mazur.
"We're getting better [on defense]," Bulldogs Coach Mickey Thompson said. "We've got a lot of young guys playing and just understanding what we're doing in the secondary, lining up and that kind of stuff."
Aside from making a statement in their district debut, the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0) were ecstatic after the win because of Jefferson's recent history in the Northern Region. The Colonials went to the Division 5 regional playoffs last season, so Friday's victory is likely to build confidence.
"This is a huge win for us," Thompson said. "I think they are a very good football team, well coached. To get a win here is a great confidence booster for us."