AMERICAN STATESMAN: Stony Point blanks Manor 45-0 in bi-district matchup

AMERICAN STATESMAN: Stony Point blanks Manor 45-0 in bi-district matchup

It took longer perhaps than Stony Point coach Craig Chessher would have preferred, but the dam finally broke for the Tigers’ offense in the second half of their Class 6A, Division II bi-district shutout of Manor on Thursday night at The Pfield.

The Tigers (7-4) forced five turnovers and held the Mustangs to 167 total yards in a 45-0 victory. Stony Point led 17-0 at halftime but squandered several opportunities to put the game away. Then all at once, the points came flooding in.

“Our defense executed our plan as good as we could possibly imagine,” Chessher said. “We made big plays — interceptions, turnovers. I thought our kicking game played well sans our kickoff team.“Our offense, I just thought they were going to get untracked at some point and they did.”

Quarterback Zach Rangel threw back-to-back touchdown passes of 40 yards to Treshon Pickett and 46 yards to Tyler O’Bannon, separated by an interception by Anthony Sims — his second of the game for the Tigers.

Stony Point tacked on 14 more points in the fourth quarter, sending a message to its next opponent.

“We’re out here to play and we really want it,” said Tigers senior defensive end Ethan Pitts. “We’re trying to go as far as we can.”

The Tigers will face Klein Collins or Spring Dekaney in the area round, with the contest scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Reeves Athletic Complex.

Rangel completed 4 of 9 passes for 106 yards and the pair of scores in his first game back from injury. Chessher said the senior is still less than 100 percent, but “I’m just really excited we have Zach Rangel.”

Rangel split snaps with Donovan Rybachek, who started and ran for 36 yards and threw for 33 more. O’Bannon led the Tigers with 85 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Stony Point’s defense masked any shortcomings on offense, playing a nearly flawless game from the opening kickoff. Defensive back Keilin Bishop jumped a screen for an interception on the Mustangs’ opening possession. Manor starting quarterback Courtney Patridge-Lee completed only 3 of 13 passes before suffering an injury, and sophomore backup Nathaniel Jackson was 6 of 18 for 70 yards and three picks.

“I hadn’t had a pick all year, but I came out strong,” Sims said. “The balls were thrown up there, and I just went and got them.”

The Mustangs, who were playing without starting running back Tahj Brooks, showed impressive resolve in the second quarter as they held the Tigers to 10 points despite the ball not crossing midfield.

It was a disappointing finish for Manor, which bounced back from a 2-8 campaign in 2016.

“The program is moving forward,” said Mustangs coach Jimmie Mitchell. “We were pretty bad last year and now we’re a lot better. We’ve just got to keep building.”

“We’re out here to play and we really want it,” said Tigers senior defensive end Ethan Pitts. “We’re trying to go as far as we can.”

The Tigers will face Klein Collins or Spring Dekaney in the area round, with the contest scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Reeves Athletic Complex.

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