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Fleming’s Jerome Hill rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown in the Colonels’ first loss.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
LYNCHBURG — It was fitting that at halftime of E.C. Glass’ game against William Fleming, Tyqion Stokes was crowned homecoming king.
The senior wide receiver sparked the Glass offense with two early touchdowns, caught a 26-yard pass from quarterback Donnie Morgan and the Hilltoppers rolled over Fleming, 28-7, at City Stadium on Friday.
“If you look at his stats, the kid rushes for over 10 yards a carry, so he’s a kid that we definitely want to get the ball in his hands in many different ways,” Glass coach Ben Martin said. “Coverage-wise, that’s what they were giving to us, was him on an out route.”
Stokes’ outing overshadowed an otherwise impressive game by Fleming’s Jerome Hill, who finished with 145 yards on the ground and caught all three passes completed by Colonels’ quarterback duo Tyrell Adams and Steven Jones.
It was the first time since 2009 that the two rivals were separated by more than single digits. With the win, the Hilltoppers earned their fifth straight victory over the Colonels.
Play for both sides was characterized by ground and pound in the first half, as they combined for 16 first downs and more than 250 yards rushing.
After Stokes ran in a 5-yard touchdown to give Glass an early 7-0 lead, Fleming responded on its first possession with a 14-yard run by Hill.
Fleming didn’t score again.
Following Stokes’ second touchdown and two-point conversion run, Glass led 15-7 at halftime.
That’s when Fleming’s real woes began. Adams exited with an injury and, although he reappeared, gave way primarily to Jones.
The Hilltoppers’ defense went on to hold the Colonels to 68 rushing yards in the final 24 minutes.
“It was partly us, partly them,” Fleming coach Bobby Martin said. “We had some guys get hurt and we didn’t quite execute the second half like we did in the first half. Glass picked it up a notch.”
Fleming (2-1) was off to its strongest start since 2009 after finishing 1-9 for three straight seasons.
The Colonels also played their second game without injured wide receiver Warren Craft. The Virginia Tech basketball commit caught eight passes for 240 yards in William Fleming’s Aug. 30 opener.
Morgan, who finished with more than 100 yards rushing for a fourth straight game, put the Hilltoppers in control with a 26-yard pass to Stokes in the third.
After Stokes was pulled late in the third following a particularly hard hit to the head near the E.C. Glass bench, Morgan solidified the win with a 1-yard run in the fourth.
“We just wanted to get out here and be fast,” Morgan said. “Like I said, if we just attacked, they weren’t going to be able to stop us and that’s what happened.”
William Fleming 7 0 0 0—7
E.C. Glass 7 8 7 6—28
ECG — Stokes 5 run (Bennett kick)
WF — Hill 14 run (Dolua kick)
ECG — Stokes 3 run (Stokes run)
ECG — Morgan 26 pass to Stokes (Bennett kick)
ECG — Morgan 1 run (kick failed)
First downs 11 14
Yards rushing 35-183 43-214
Passes C-A-I 3-14-0 2-7-1
Yards passing 35 70
Penalties-yards 10-64 4-30
Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-0
RUSHING — William Fleming, Hill 17-145; Adams 9-4; Jones 3-17; Johnson 2-4; Wade 1-5; Glenn 1-8; Team 1 (-3). E.C. Glass, Morgan 18-113; Polk 1-8; Deane 12-55; Stokes 8-41; Brown 0-1; Jones 1-2; Tucker 1 (-5); Bowling 1-0.
PASSING — William Fleming, Adams 1-9-0-14, Jones 2-5-0-21. E.C. Glass, Morgan 2-7-1-70.
RECEIVING — William Fleming, Hill 3-35. E.C. Glass, Stokes 2-70.
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