Agnolucci steps up for Manchester to take down James River
On Friday night, Manchester back-up QB C. J. Agnolucci wasn’t sure he would enter the game against James River, let alone play almost ninety percent of it. When the Lancers’ freshmen phenom, Brendon Clark, went down with an injury in the first quarter after a long run, Agnolucci was called upon to take over. When asked about his thoughts following Clark’s injury, Agnolucci responded, “I felt nervous, but I trusted in my coach, in my team and in myself.”
Agnolucci looked cool and collected as he racked up 100 passing yards on 18 attempts, while also throwing a touchdown pass. However, the real offensive production stemmed from Bryce Hall, a junior running back who rushed for 3 TDs and 170 yards. Before Clark left the game, he completed a 41 yard quarterback sneak, which ended in his injury. Agnolucci’s touchdown pass was caught by Jonathan Rose, who also finished with 74 receiving yards. Despite these offensive successes, Manchester’s head coach, Thomas Hall, was disappointed, as he quotes, “We’ve got a lot to work on before next week.” There was no information on the status of Brendon Clark and his injury by the completion of the game.
Despite the score, James River exhibited a growing offensive power to add to their already existing defensive machine. Junior Jack Dash started under center, as 1st-string QB Garrett Lucas was out with illness, and passed for 34 yards on 6 completions. Eric Walker and Jamarey Williams both rushed for 50 yards, while Williams added a TD. Defensive powerhouse Matt Duignam scored his first offensive touchdown of the season after punching in three from the other side of the line next week against Wythe.
Manchester improves to 3-1 and will face a lowly George Wythe team at home next week, while James River drops to 2-2 and will travel to Fredericksburg next week to face Chancellor.