There’s no truth to the rumor that North Stafford’s Devyn Ford just scored again, but it’s easy to see why county rival Stafford might think as much following Ford’s five-touchdown performance in Friday night’s Class 3 Commonwealth District matchup.
Ford, who is ranked as the nation’s top junior running back by Rivals.com, tallied four of his five touchdowns and 84 of his game-high 117 yards rushing in the decisive opening half as the visiting Wolverines jumped on the overmatched Indians from the onset for an easy 55–14 pasting of their county rivals.
Ford scored on runs of 3, 2, 10, 8 and 25 yards in less than three quarters of work as the Wolverines scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and five of their first six in the first half at Lloyd A. Busch Stadium. The Wolverines throttled the Indians for the ninth time in the schools’ last 10 meetings.
A stifling North Stafford defense did the rest in emphatically handing Stafford its first loss of the season.
“That was a complete game,” Wolverines coach Joe Mangano said after his team improved to 1–1 in district play and 5–1 overall.
The Wolverines, who are idle this week before hosting Mountain View on Oct. 13, had their way all night, chewing up 423 yards of total offense, including 313 on the ground, to spoil Stafford’s Homecoming festivities.
In what was a harbinger of things to come, they drove 61 yards in more than six minutes on the game’s opening drive before Ford capped the 12-play march with a 3-yard scoring scamper.
“That first drive always sets the tone of the game,” Ford said.
Stafford (5-1, 1-1) trailed 21–0 before finally managing as much as a first down early in the second quarter. The shell-shocked Indians never got on track against a North Stafford defense that recorded five sacks and an interception. Stafford produced just 67 yards of total offense.
Senior Eugene Richardson finally got the Indians on the board with a 98-yard kickoff return with 2:27 left in the third period that only drew the hosts to within 48–6.
Things won’t get any easier for the Indians, who host Riverbend this week before later dates with Colonial Forge (Oct. 13), Massaponax (Oct. 20) and Brooke Point (Oct. 27).
“I told [his team] that we’re just getting started,” Stafford coach Mo Hampton said. “They have to play tough. From here on out, we’ve got to muscle up our game.”
NS—Devyn Ford 3 run (Ben Camden kick).
NS—Channing Purvis 38 run (Camden kick).
NS—Ford 2 run (Camden kick)
NS—Ford 10 run (Camden kick)
NS—Ford 8 run (Camden kick).
NS—Ford 25 run (kick blocked).
NS—Isiah Watts 1 run (Camden kick).
S—Eugene Richardson 98 kickoff return (kick failed).
S—Sean Smith 15 pass from Jaylen Smith (Smith pass).
NS—Watts 37 run (Camden kick).
RUSHING: North Stafford— Devyn Ford 24-117, 5 TDs; Devin Ravenel 11-59; Isiah Watts 7-94, 2 TDs; Channing Purvis 2-43, TD. Stafford—Lovell Armstead 12-13; Jalen Smith 15-(-20); Justin Toler 1-24; Divyne Ford 1-3; Edan Harrison 1-1; John Koetter 1-10; Hayden Mesimer 1-4.
PASSING: North Stafford—Devin Ravenel 7-11-0, 110 yds. Stafford— Jalen Smith 5-13-1, 32 yds, TD.
RECEIVING: North Stafford—Chris Hicks 4-60; Javon Swinton 1-11; Ford 1-18; Purvis 1-21. Stafford—Toler 1-8, Anthony Adams 1-6; Junior Houston 1-0; Eugene Richardson 1-3; Sean Smith 1-15, TD.