Monday, November 2, 2009


By the non-existent hair on their five-, six- and seven-year-old chinny-chin-chins, future UNC multi-sports star Toly Hansbrough’s FYF Colts escaped with a hard fought 8-7 (56-49) triple overtime victory over the FYF Falcons in the Instructional League Championship Game on Saturday at Liberty High School in Bealton, VA.

Toly’s Colts came out with a fast start scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Outside speedster Justin L (#11) scored a touchdown as did signal caller Clay G and all-star utility man J.T. D. The Falcons came roaring back in the second quarter though and scored four touchdowns of their own for a 4-3 halftime lead.

Faces were long on the Colts bench as the team had gone two regular seasons without losing a game and had never trailed at intermission. Needless to say, coaches Pearson, Pancione, Goff and Martin had a serious chin-orientation challenge. They must have said the right things as the Colts’ defense stiffened in the third quarter holding the determined Falcons to a lone score.

When the Colts got the ball back at the beginning of the fourth quarter trailing by two touchdowns, DaRonn J (#22) calmed the nervous players and fans by scoring on the first play of the second stanza with an impressive 40 yard scamper.

Two more touchdowns and a regulation victory seemed well within reach with over 14 minutes left on the clock, and the Colts needing just two more scores. However, the Falcons defense stiffened and the Colts could manage just one more touchdown on a run by J.T.D. (whose big brother Garrett D quarterbacks one of the local high school football teams).

The Falcons opened up the first overtime scoring from the ten to take a 6-5 lead. The Colts then faced fourth and goal from 15 in desperate need of a game-tying and game-prolonging touchdown. DaRonn J, who ended up with 1767 yards rushing for the day, answered the call with a clutch TD run to the delight of all the onlookers in blue and white. Colts 6, Falcons 6.

The Colts managed a touchdown by QB Clay G in the second overtime, and only had to stop the Falcons scoring juggernaut to end the game and pick up the hardware. Colts 7, Falcons 6. The Colts defense was staunch for several plays, but the Falcons and their wily QB Jackson E completed a pass for a touchdown to tie the game again. Yep, not a misprint, we said touchdown PASS! Colts 7, Falcons 7.

The Falcons got the ball to start the third extra period and Garret P, who was flying around the Falcon backfield all game, caused a loss on first down. The Falcons gained a few back on second down, but felt compelled to go to the air for third down. QB Jackson E overthrew his receiver on third down and offensive hero DaRonn J was on the scene to defend the fourth down pass. The Colts had held. Colts 7, Falcons 7.

All, and we use the term “all” rather loosely, the Colts had to do was muster enough strength in their weary legs and worn spirits to score one more touchdown. Amazingly on the one hand and quite obviously on the other, DaRonn J again came through with a fourth down touchdown run that sent Colts players, coaches, fans and parents into a well-earned celebration. Colts 8, Falcons 7. Bedlam ensued.

In the end, the Colts ran 45 plays and gained 322 yards, scoring 8 touchdowns – not bad on a 40 yard field. For the season, the Colts ran 287 plays and gained 3,632 yards. They averaged 403.5 yards per game and 12.6 yards per play. They scored 81 touchdowns averaging 9 TDs per game. Their stingy defense only allowed 16 touchdowns or 1.7 per game. The Falcons scored 9 of those 16 touchdowns – two in the first game, a 4-2, Colts win and 7 more in the championship tilt.

DaRonn J was the Colts' leading rusher with 1,148 total yards, averaging over 127 yards per game. Justin L turned in 1,043 yards, averaging 115 yards a game. Lawson was second in solo tackles with 28, following teammate Wyatt M who stacked up 45 solos, or five per game.

*This story depicts as accurately as possible what happened during this 2.25 hour epic battle between two very good and very well-coached young football teams. All the coaches, fans, parents and media members that contributed to this story were so involved emotionally, it is possible that some of the fine points may not be entirely accurate. But the final score is correct. We know that for sure ‘cause the big blue trophy is on the mantel at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters!


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