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A Homecoming for the ages

PHS rewrites record book in 56-6 demolition of Orange on Homecoming nightPHS rewrites record bookin 56-6 winover OrangeBy Mike SchoeffelSports WriterHistory was made at the Powhatan High School Homecoming football game against Orange Friday evening.The home bleachers were packed 30 minutes before kickoff, and although the Orange motorcade didn’t show up until about 15 minutes before the opening whistle (the players came pouring off the bus  dressed in full gear), all those in attendance were treated to the most stunning offensive performance —yards-wise — in 64 years of Powhatan High School football.  By game’s end, two new marks were etched into the school record books: most team rushing yards in a single game (521) and total yards in a single game (643). Aided by that onslaught of yardage, the Indians pummeled an overmatched Orange team, 56-6.“You never go into a game expecting to break a record of that magnitude,” said Powhatan head coach Jim Woodson. “But for the guys to come out here tonight and play as well as they did in front of the Homecoming crowd, that was something pretty special.”The Indians’ (6-1) relentless rushing attack battered an undersized Orange (1-6) defense from the very first drive, toppling the single game team rushing record set back in 1991. After the Powhatan offense surpassed that landmark, it took aim at the total yardage record of 517, which was set in 2010 against Park View. The Indians obliterated it by more than 100 yards.“It was just one of those nights where it seemed like everything we did worked,” said Woodson. “As a coach, you hope for games like this every week.”A third record — the individual single game rushing yards record of 361 (set by Ray Brown in a playoff game against James Wood in 2011) — was in legitimate danger of being broken as well. By the five-minute mark in the second quarter, Logan Allen had already accrued 253 yards and four touchdowns, and he showed no visible signs of tiring or letting off the gas.  The only lingering variable was the score: Would it remain close enough to warrant Woodson keeping his star running back on the field?Ultimately, the answer was no. Allen was summoned to the sideline after Powhatan scored its fifth touchdown of the first half to push the lead to 35-6. The Richmond area’s second leading rusher wouldn’t return to the field.At one point, Woodson checked in with team statistician Charles Blankenship to get Allen’s rushing total. When Blankenship broke the news, Woodson responded with “Goodness. Well, either way, he’s done for the night.”Allen’s 253 yards tie him with Landon Bradley for fourth most in a single game in school history. Allen’s combined rushing yardage from his four touchdown runs alone — 49, 12, 30 and 74 — totaled 164.“The crowd kept me in it. The crowd, team, the line, everybody,” said Allen. “It just felt good to be out there doing big things and having the support of the fans and the county.”When Allen bowed out for the night, Johnathan Caporale became the go-to back. He picked up where his predecessor left off, carrying 10 times for 158 yards and two scores. He also caught a touchdown on the Indians’ first drive of the game.“Caporale is deceptively quick,” said Woodson. “He makes one cut and, boom, he’s through the hole and upfield. He’s done an outstanding job of relieving Logan so far this year and we’re expecting big things out of him the rest of the way.”Powhatan scored on six of its first seven drives and went into halftime with a commanding 42-6 lead that sent the capacity student section into permanent celebration mode.The second half was a mere formality that flew by at a turbo-charged pace thanks to the running clock initiated by Powhatan’s 30-plus point advantage.The only Powhatan touchdown not scored by Allen or Caporale was its final one, a 9-yard scamper by 5’5”, 145-pound Noah Newton. It was his first varsity touchdown.By the Indians’ final drive, the majority of the backfield consisted of junior varsity players — quarterback Bobby Oglesby and running backs Ross Lewis and Justin DeLeon — yet they continued to move the with kinetic efficiency, driving inside the Orange 15 before the clock finally expired.“It’s always a good thing when you can get some of those younger guys playing time,” said Woodson. “The more varsity experience, the better.”Though the offense stole the show, the defense turned in another lights-out performance, proving once again that it deserves to be ranked alongside Lake Taylor, Dinwiddie, and other top-tier programs as one of Group 4A’s best units. The Indians’ defense allowed only one touchdown against Orange  — an arguably fluky 47-yard touchdown dash by Kevon Smith — and have held opponents to seven points or less in five of seven games.Four different Indians tallied sacks on the night: Will Schwarz, Elijah Goode, Lamont Henderson and Nelson Sutton. Goode finished with eight tackles. Harrison King had nine tackles and two tackles for loss.“Tonight was a memorable win,” said Woodson. “But there are some tough games on the horizon and we’ve got to make sure we finish the season strong.The Indians travel to Fluvanna (1-6) on Friday , Oct. 24 before finishing the season with two straight home games against teams they lost to in 2013: Western Albemarle (6-1) and Charlottesville (3-4).

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