North Stafford 29,
Colonial Forge 13
North Stafford senior Cordarrow Thompson is best known as one of the Virginia AAA Commonwealth District's most feared defensive linemen, but in the Wolverines' 29-13 win over host Colonial Forge last night in Stafford, Thompson got to show off his offensive skills.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Thompson lined up in the backfield and rumbled in for a touchdown in the second half of the Wolverines' easy victory on the road.
"It's like all the adrenaline comes back to me when I'm back there," Thompson said. "I'm all hyped up -- I just want to truck someone like 'the Fridge.' "
Thompson, who will play at Syracuse next year, helped the Wolverines (2-0) past defending Northwestern Region Division 5 runner-up Colonial Forge (0-1). The game does not count toward AAA Commonwealth District standings. The teams will meet again on Nov. 5 -- the second-to-last week of the regular season -- in a district game at North Stafford.
The Eagles were Commonwealth champs in 2002 and regional finalists last season, but 26 seniors from last year's team graduated and they have only two players larger than 235 pounds. In last night's opener, they were overmatched by a North Stafford squad that has an offensive line averaging 280 pounds and a swarming defense led by big, quick players.
In two games, the Wolverines have outscored Chancellor and Colonial Forge 53-13.
"We're ready," said senior Mark Kratzer, who scored a touchdown and blocked a punt last night. "We've been preparing for this for four years, we want to go as far as we can."
Defensively, Kratzer, at linebacker, was in the middle of most of the plays, pestering Colonial Forge junior quarterback Trace Yates all night and picking up two sacks. Late in the first half, Kratzer burst through the line to block a punt, which was recovered by senior Jarvis Williams in the end zone to give the Eagles a 17-0 halftime lead.
Senior Raphael Bynum added a first-half sack while Thompson had several tackles against an offense that tried to mix up its plays and sets but found little success until scoring twice late in the fourth quarter. The rest of the line, including Sidaro Edwards and Josh Fink, hounded the Wolverines and opened up opportunities for the linebackers.
"I give all the credit to my linemen, guys like Sidaro Edwards and Josh Fink," Kratzer said. "They don't get enough credit, but they were important parts of everything I was able to do."
The Wolverines, in the past known for a passing-based, no-huddle offense, displayed a diverse but measured offense behind its powerful line. Agile junior quarterback Kyle Lloyd (5 for 8, 137 yards and one interception) was sharp, including one impressive 40-yard long pass to Williams. But the offense relied mainly on the running game, led by 6-foot-1 junior Kenny Randall (91 yards).