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STORY: Denbigh 42, Gloucester 7
Denbigh starts fast, leaves Gloucester behind
By Chris Lancia | Correspondent
NEWPORT NEWS — Denbigh’s Willie Coleman had a lot of motivation Saturday.
His coaches stressed putting pressure on Gloucester quarterback Tommy Reamon Jr., Coleman’s dad was telling him he needed to push hard all game, and his mom was in town to see him play for the first time this season.
The junior defensive lineman pleased everyone, spearheading a defense that forced Reamon into a nightmare day — 0-of-8 with two interceptions — and held Gloucester to just 47 yards in a 42-7 Peninsula District victory at Todd Stadium.
"Our defense played very well, because any time you can limit a Tommy (Reamon) Sr. offense, you’ve done a good job," Denbigh coach Tracy Harrod said. "We knew (Reamon Jr.) was the key, so we focused on containing him and keeping him from beating us."
Coleman ended the Dukes’ first possession by dropping Reamon for a 4-yard loss on third down and teamed up with Brandon Tyler on back-to-back sacks in the second quarter that cost Gloucester 20 yards and led to another punt.
"We knew it was key to get out there and keep pressure on him," said Coleman, whose mom was visiting from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We almost had a shutout, too, but it felt good to just get some points on the board and get a win."
Marquis Frazier ensured Denbigh (2-6, 2-5 Peninsula District) wouldn’t get shut out for the third straight game by taking the opening kickoff back for a 78-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game.
"That was big for us," Harrod said. "We hadn’t scored in 10 quarters, and we’ve had some folks open the game like that against us this year, so we know how it felt to watch someone do that. It took the pressure off and gave us a big spark."
Juniors Jodey McNeill and Sam Franklin did their part to keep the Patriots ahead.
McNeill had 11 carries for 82 yards and a score and took Franklin’s first pass for a 78-yard touchdown.
Franklin finished 5-for-9 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
"Sam is a first-year varsity player, and he’s kind of young as far as football is concerned," Harrod said. "He’s going to be a pretty good quarterback if we can keep him healthy and let him learn the offense and get some experience."
Gloucester’s lone score came after Ray Harris returned a kickoff 51 yards and Reamon ended a six-play drive with a 1-yard plunge with just less than nine minutes left in the game.
The game was marred by an overabundance of yellow flags as the teams combined for 22 penalties.
Most of those came against the Patriots, who were flagged 17 times for 155 yards.
DENBIGH 42, GLOUCESTER 7
Gloucester 0 0 0 7 — 7
Denbigh 14 14 7 7 — 42
Den — Frazier 78 kickoff return (Jones kick)
Den — McNeill 16 run (Jones kick)
Den — McNeill 78 pass from Franklin (Jones kick)
Den — Hermann 4 pass from Franklin (Jones kick)
Den — Simmons 45 pass from Franklin (Jones kick)
Glou — Reamon Jr. 1 run (Williams kick)
Den — Gamble 39 run (Jones kick)
First downs 6 9Passing yards 0 160
Rushes-yards 30-47 30-195
Comp-Att-Int 0-8-2 5-13-1
Penalties-yards 5-43 17-115
Fumbles-lost 6-2 3-2
Punts-avg. 3-14.6 1-43.0
Last edited by Sonny Dearth : 10-21-2007 at 01:28 AM.