Week 4 of the high school season was nothing short of amazing. An instant classic football game of the week between the Monacan Chiefs and the Manchester Lancers was the highlight of week 4.
Monacan started the game off with a fast-paced, no-huddle offense on their first possession. Within the first two minutes, running back Korey Bridy ran the ball in from three yards out to go on top 7-0 early in the game. For the rest of the quarter, both defenses did not allow any points to slip by. In the second quarter, Monacan scored within the first two minutes of the quarter again, when quarterback Syour Fludd threw a 49-yard bomb to wide receiver Izayah Reeves, which made the score 14-0. Manchester answered with a good drive that ended with running back Isaiah Todd pushing in for the score to make it 14-7 at the half.
Going into the second half, no one knew that this game was about to become a spitting image of what happened last year at Manchester for their homecoming game against Monacan. As the game went on, Monacan would continue to score over and over again until the fourth quarter came around.
Going into the fourth quarter, all momentum was on Monacan’s side. To start the quarter, they were up 28-14, and in the next play, quarterback and defensive back Syour Fludd scooped up a Manchester fumble and returned it 60 yards to the house to make it 35-14! Just as soon as you thought the game was all but over, here came the Manchester Lancers.
Manchester put together a series of drives to start making it a game again. When it mattered most, the Lancers made plays left and right to drive down the field and conserve time. Manchester scored on a 35-yard pass play to wide receiver Amiri Richardson-Keys to make it 35-21 Monacan with 10:24 to go. After the Lancers defense stopped Monacan, they got another chance to score. Marching down the field, quarterback Brendon Clark threw a short pass to running back Jaysen Glover which ended up turning into a 35-yard touchdown as well. The score was now within one possession 35-27 after Manchester missed the extra point with 7 minutes to go. Manchester then got another key stop and would receive the ball with a shot to tie the ball game. Driving down the field, Manchester then got inside the Red Zone. Quarterback Brendon Clark took the ball on a keeper and he scrambled 20 yards for the score! He then hit Jaysen Glover for the 2-point conversion the next play and the game was all knotted up at 35 a piece!
Going back to last year, Manchester was down by 17 points going into the fourth quarter against Monacan. They then set up a come-from-behind victory for the ages. They started making plays down the stretch and ended up on top, winning 36-35 in a thriller of a game. This game was as close to a repeat as you could imagine.
Monacan knew that Manchester had left too much time on the clock. From that point forward, senior quarterback Syour Fludd and head coach Jim Henderson went to work with 3:37 to play. Going down the field play by play, they drained a ton of clock in order for the Lancers to drain their last timeouts in the game. With 36 seconds to go, running back Korey Bridy took a handoff and ran 10 yards for the game winning touchdown! Monacan went up 42-35 and Manchester’s last attempt at a Hail Mary was incomplete.
“It was a lot more high scoring than I thought it was going to be,” said head Monacan head coach Jim Henderson. “I was telling everyone to take the under, but I guess I was wrong, I lost that bet. Our offense finally put it together, we started clicking, and you never count the clock out. They left too much time on the clock. I was not sweating at all. We could finally get back into our offense and try to score and win.”
When asked about game changers, Henderson mentioned Korey Bridy, but gave big props to his offensive line.
“I believe our offensive line in the best in the area. They come in, work hard, and set the example for others. They never miss practice, they never miss the weight room sessions. They are always busting their butts to get the job done and they’ve done an incredible job leading this team.”
Wide receiver Izayah Reeves accounted for two touchdowns in the game and his emotions were through the roof at the end of the game.
“My emotions are running high right now. We have a lot of history with that school and last year, they beat us in a real close game. It’s an emotional and deep, deep game. I am glad we came out on top.”
Izayah explained that their hard work in practice paid off in the long run.
“On our first drive, I felt that they were sleeping on us because of our struggles last week. This week, we put a lot of work in at practice. So, we came out strong and we put a lot of things together on offense to start scoring some points.”
“I haven’t gotten emotional in a minute, but when Korey Bridy scored the game winning touchdown, I was feeling some type of way. But Korey is my guy, we always rely on him to make plays for us, and he came through for us at the right time and I’m proud of him.”
With the win, Monacan moves to 4-0 on the season and will play conference-rival George Wythe at home next Friday at 7:30 p.m. Manchester falls to 2-1 and will play conference-rival Midlothian at home on Friday at 7 p.m.