The good, the bad and the win: Matoaca overcomes 14-point deficit, wins by 19

For Matoaca last Friday, it was the best of times and the worst of times. After fumbling through the first quarter and trailing 14-0 to Clover Hill, the offense was ignited by senior quarterback/running back Khalil Coleman, who electrified the Matoaca crowd scoring five touchdowns (one passing), rushing for 232 yards and passing for 83 more. Matoaca defeated Clover Hill 33-14.

“Khalil picked up the slack we had today, and he picked up my slack,” said junior wide out Trevion Armstrong, who muffed two kicks on special teams. “Tonight was his night to shine, he’s an amazing athlete.”

Armstrong also helped to redeem his mistakes as he caught a 28 yard touchdown pass from Armstrong that made the score 14-12 Clover Hill. This touchdown pass was on the tracks of a 54-yard run touchdown dash by Coleman.

Matoaca gained the lead going into the half on a SportsCenter worthy play by Khalil Coleman. Taking the snap at quarterback, Coleman rolled left, then right, escaping three defenders in the backfield before cutting up the sideline, dodging three more defenders on the way to the score. The play looked like something off of Madden, the play an opponent would make that would make someone want to throw the controller.

“I can’t explain that run,” said Coleman. “It’s my job to score when I touch the ball,” he continued. “I couldn’t have made the run without my line and my wide outs blocking for me like they did.”

The Warriors cruised through the second half and got interceptions from both Anton and Khalil Coleman as their defense clamped down on the Cavaliers. Coleman added touchdown runs of nine and 74 yards to put the Cavaliers away for good.

“We have to get the small stuff right in these games,” said Coleman. “We can’t come out sluggish; we learned our lesson last week when we did that against Cosby.”
Last week, Matoaca held a 21-14 lead on the Titans at halftime, but fell 49-21. Quarterback Blake Bowen went down in the second quarter, and the Warriors were without him against the Cavaliers as well.

“We dug in and made some big stops on defense [against Clover Hill],” said Matoaca Head Coach Pat Manuel. “We could have laid down and quit, but we came together and kept fighting.”

For the best of times, the blocking was crisp.

The offensive line has been a strength for Matoaca the past few seasons, receiving strong play from seniors Joe Cheatman and Ardel Christian this year, in addition to developing several lineman who play at the next level including Virginia State starting center Ronnie Ransome, Temple offensive tackle Jaimen  Newman and UVA’s John Pond.

 “Coach Chisholm does a super job every off-season,” said Manuel. “He really develops these guys and gives us a strong foundation on offense.”

The development of players like division one prospect and junior Trevion Armstrong is also a concern. The 6-4 210 pound wide receiver already has a couple of offers on the table from D-1 AA schools in James Madison and Old Dominion. Both Coleman and Cheatham also figure to get interest from division two and three schools according to Manuel. For the Warriors, the functioning of these parts together will be essential to keep the best of times rolling.

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