By Mike McClure

The Woodbridge varsity football team advanced to 2-0 with a 52-12 victory over Colonel Richardson last Thursday in the Raiders’ home opener.

“It feels great. We prepared all week for this,” said Woodbridge senior Quincy Risper. “It feels like everything it needed to be. It was a team effort.”

“This is my first time on the (home) field as a senior,” Raiders’ senior Traci Johnson added. 

INTERCEPTION RETURN- Woodbridge defensive back Ji’Kare Banks intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. Photo by Bernard W. Carr

Colonel Richardson started with the ball on its own 22 yard-line before Woodbridge’s Emmanuel Miles-Martin intercepted a pass on third and 17 from the 15 and returned it to the Colonels’ 34.

Risper had a 31-yard run and Johnson ran the ball in from the one out of the wildcat. Johnson added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 Raiders lead with 7:25 left in the first quarter.

Colonel Richardson’s Jazir Dickerson returned the kickoff to the Woodbridge 34. The Colonel’s Collin Brewer ran eight yards for a first down on fourth and three from the Raider 10. Derrick Mitchell scored on a two-yard touchdown run before Woodbridge’s Logan Moran made the tackle on the two-point try to keep the score at 8-6 (3:58).

Johnson galloped 66 yards for a touchdown and also ran in the two-point conversion for a 16-6 Woodbridge lead with 3:36 remaining in the opening quarter.

Colonel Richardson started the next possession on its own 46. Carter Turbitt picked up 22 yards on a toss, but the Raiders’ Ji’Kare Banks intercepted a pass on third and nine from the 14 and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was stopped to keep the score at 22-6 (1:10).

The Colonels got the ball back on the Woodbridge 43 following a Raiders’ punt. Brewer had a three-yard run on fourth and two from the 35 and Tarron Hammond completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Turbitt to pull his team within 10 with 1:57 left in the first half.

Woodbridge’s Tyler Eley had a 42-yard run to push the ball into Colonel Richardson territory. Risper added a 27-yard touchdown run on third and eight and also ran in the two-point conversion (1:06) as the Raiders took a 30-12 advantage into half-time.

Woodbridge opened the second half with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Johnson ran in the two-point conversion for a 38-12 Raiders’ lead with 11:45 left in the third.

The Raiders took over on downs on their own 39. Woodbridge quarterback Zachary Plummer completed a 12-yard pass to Darell Smith and had a nine-yard run on third and 10 from midfield. Johnson rumbled 12 yards for a first down on fourth and one from the Colonels’ 41 and Eley scored on a 15-yard touchdown run. Cotton Collins booted the extra point to put the Raiders up 45-12 with 4:24 to go in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Woodbridge’s Jacob Handley recorded a sack and Kam’Ren Johnson recovered a fumble. The Raiders’ Malachi Hayes had a 10-yard run off a pitch before scoring on a 15-yard run, Collins’ PAT ended the scoring at 52-12 (9:41).

Colonel Richardson had first and goal from the seven with under two minutes remaining when lightning struck and the game ended.

“All our running backs got a touchdown. It’s just a great night for us. It’s just the beginning,” said Risper. “We just need to stay humble, keep our heads down, and keep grinding.”

Col Richardson HS (MD)

6 6 0 0 – 12

Woodbridge HS

22 8 15 7 – 52

Scoring Summary:

First Quarter

WB- Traci Johnson one yard run (2pc Johnson run good)

CR- Derrick Mitchell two yard run (2pc run failed)

WB- Traci Johnson 66 yard run (2pc Johnson run good)

WB- Ji’Kare Banks 99 yard interception

Second Quarter

CR- Carter Turbitt 32 yard pass from Dylan Cecil (2pc run failed)

WB- Quincy Risper 27 yard run (2pc Risper run good)

Third Quarter

WB- Ji’Kare Banks 98 yard kickoff return (2pc Johnson run good)

WB- Tyler Eley 15 yard run (Collins kick)

Fourth Quarter

WB- Malachi Hayes 15 yard run (Collins kick)