Collecting four interceptions and allowing just 127 total yards of offense, the Fork Union defense is coming together at just the right time. As they traveled to face Benedictine, the Blue Devils needed a win over the Cadets to remain in a favorable position to make the post season. Coming off of a big time win over defending VISAA Division 1 Collegiate last week, the momentum carried over for FUMA as it earned a 34-7 win over its host.
“We needed this one,” said Blue Devil coach Micky Sullivan. “I hope this puts us in good position, but we still can’t afford to take the day off.”
Ka’ra Stewart managed to outscore Benedictine on his own with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, his first coming in the second quarter a 17-yard return to put FUMA up 13 followed by an 80-yarder in the third quarter to make it 20-0.
“We were very aggressive and played very hard today,” Sullivan said. “There were only a few mistakes and we played with emotion and effort all day.”
The Blue Devils watched another running back come to life this week as Keeven Allen followed up Richard Dyer’s crazy performance against Collegiate with a 6-touch 82-yard and two-touchdown day. Allen ran for a 33-yard score in the first quarter to put FUMA on the board. And after Benedictine scored its only touchdown of the game, Allen answered with a 43-yard scamper to wrap up the game.
Allen’s backfield teammates Dyer and Andre Parker had 37 and 49 yards respectively, each accumulating yardage in their own way and offering the Blue Devils a bevy of options.
“Andre gives us power, Richie is a speed back and Keeven is more of a water-bug kind of guy that makes people miss,” Sullivan said. “They give us a little bit of everything right now so we’re rotating them in and out.”
The Blue Devils (4-4, 2-1 Prep League) wrap up their regular season at home against Valley Forge on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.