Colonial Heights Can't Keep up With The Generals
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Sep 30, 2013, 08:07
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS—So far this season Dinwiddie has been an untested team. After Friday night’s 77-6 dismantling of Colonial Heights it’s hard to imagine when they might meet a team that can stop them.
One thing is for sure, the Colonials, missing four starters due to injury, couldn’t even slow them down. After holding the Colonials to a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, Ja’Quan Parch took the ensuing punt back 65-yards for the first of five touchdowns the Generals scored in the opening quarter.
Maybe the only flaw in the game for the Generals was missing the extra point attempt; even so Dinwiddie made up for it in short order. Rashad Stewart hauled in a 44-yard pass from Ronald Kearney for the second touchdown, and Kearney found Sadarius Williams in the end zone for the two point conversion to make it 14-0.
Williams found paydirt on the next offensive series for the Generals, running in from six yards, and Cody Bell converted on the kick to make it 21-0. Dakarai Wilson scored the next TD on a 15-yard run, and S. Williams topped off the quarter with a 25-yard TD bolt. Bell made good on the final 5 of his extra point attempts in the game. Playing against teams that have less talent can make it difficult to keep a team like Dinwiddie focused.
But Dinwiddie Coach Billy Mills said that he works on that very thing with his team every week.
“The schedule is what it is. The thing that we have been telling all of them (the players) is we had two really good teams Ocean Lakes and L.C. Bird in our preseason, but we really haven’t been tested this year. I told them it isn’t about the team that we play, it’s all about us and they really bought into it,” Mills said.
While the Generals are flying high with a 4-0 season mark, the Colonials have suffered from small turnout and numerous injuries. One projected starter tore an MCL before the season began, and several others have been injured during the season. Many of the players continue to play hurt, all you have to do is look and it’s obvious.
The 77-6 score is a prime example of why the Virginia High School League (VHSL) restructured all the schools so that schools of like-size would have a chance to win by playing against other schools their size. Where Colonial Heights used to stand a chance playing some of its former Central District foes in the past; that chance has long ceased to exist. In two years, it’s unlikely that the Colonials schedule will look anything at all like it does this season.
With about 800 students, the Colonials ought to be playing much smaller schools. Add to the low numbers the fact that there is absolutely nowhere for the city to expand in terms of housing the population and the result does not bode well for teams where you need a large number of athletes, like you do in football. The Colonials have tried to keep up with having players going both on offense and defense for decades, but the double duty takes its toll and the wear and tear leads to injuries. In the long run, it has a detrimental effect on the team.
Kearney hit Stewart, 27-yards, and Poarch, 20-yards, with long TD passes before the Colonials got a chance to score. Down 49-0, Isaiah Desima took a snap and rolled to his right. Downfield, James Faison had worked his way behind the defense.
The defense, which had seen all too much of Desima’s scrambles, let Faison go long. But that was just what Desima was waiting for as his long pass connected and Faison outran the Generals defensive backfield for a touchdown. The Colonials failed to convert on the two-point conversion run.
That was the only point of light for Colonial Heights.
Kearney hit Wes Reed for a 27-yard TD; Deon Beasley ran one in from one yard out, and Jakari Batts rumbled 48-yards with the final score.