- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:33
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Coach Jeff Smith’s King George Foxes, a powerful team that began the season with six wins in their first seven games, lost in the first round of the 4A-East playoffs Friday night as they went down at the hands of Eastern View 42-14.
Eastern View running backs Justin Pollard and Trey Holmes keyed the Cyclones’ victory, scoring five touchdowns and rolling up 281 yards. Eastern View moves on with an 11-0 record while the Foxes returned home with a 6-5 mark for the season.
The Foxes were forced to play the game without star quarterback Deon Williams, who suffered a concussion in the regular season finale against James Monroe. “Without him, we had to simplify our wing-T offense,” said Smith.
The Foxes played the playoff game with running back Jordan Aley and junior varsity quarterback Chase Scott. “We were hoping to get the ball as much as we could to Aley,” Smith said. The Foxes failed to score on two attempts from the one yard line late in the first half.
“That was a momentum changer,” said Smith. “If we could’ve scored … .” Aley, who has powered the King George attack all year, ended up with 81 yards. He was one of 24 King George seniors playing his last game.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:27
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The young Washington & Lee Eagles lost Friday night in the first round of the 1A-East playoffs to Goochland 49-7.
W&L couldn’t muster a touchdown until the fourth period, when junior quaterback Carson Bell threw a 43-yard scoring pass to receiver Montavious Johnson.
Bell, who has been the Eagles leading player all season, finished the game with only four completions on 12 attempts for just 54 yards. He had one touchdown and two interceptions against the stout Goochland defense.
“Looking at the scoreboard does not say the half of it,” said W&L Coach Josh Wild. “Our guys worked hard all game and fought right to the end. They never gave up and, most of all, had fun.”
Because of injuries, the Eagles were missing key players J.J. McNeil and Damhad Hyde. “We had to place some new faces in positions which played a role in the team chemistry on the field,” said Wild. But, the guys banded together and fought their tails off.”
“I am very proud of how these guys came together in a difficult situation and played as one team,” Wild said. “It’s hard to have fun and play football when looking at the scoreboard, but we picked each other up and walked off the field with our heads held high.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:24
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The Colonial Beach Drifters, a scrappy single wing team that is the No. 3 seed in the 1A-East VHSL football playoffs, will play Charles City at home Friday at 7 p.m. in the playoffs second round. Coach Jeremy Jack’s team, 8-2 for the regular season, earned a bye in the opening playoff round.
The Drifters, powered by the running of Lamar Lucas and Anjai Lewis, defeated Charles City, which comes into the game with a 6-5 record, 20-14 in September at Charles City. Charles City upset favored Franklin in the opening round of the playoffs last week.
Colonial Beach closed out their regular season two weeks ago with a 44 to 6 pounding of cross county rival W&L. In addition to their powerful running attack, the team is led by a stout defense and the passing and running of quarterback Alonzo Turner.
“I can’t express how proud I am of our players,” said Jack. “They have played together for many years through rec and high school and can be a great team to coach.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:55
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The Colonial Beach High School Drifters, behind the offensive play of Alonzo Turner, Lamar Lucas and Anajai Lewis and a stout defense led by Quniton Napper, pounded Washington & Lee High School’s Eagles 44-6 Friday night to earn a first-round bye in the 1A-East VHSL playoffs.
The Drifters will enter the playoffs as a No. 3 seed and after sitting idle this week will play the winner of Friday's clash between Charles City and Franklin.
"I can't express how proud I am of our players for their effort and their determination," said Drifters Coach Jeremy Jack.
"There are very few words for it: Awesome, fantastic," said Jack. "What a great statement by our seniors and without question the contributions of our underclassmen. So many different players contributed and got a piece of the action."
Colonial Beach, now 8-2, was paced by the running of seniors Lucas and Turner and the tough defense led by Napper, also a senior. "Our seniors have all helped share the load of the success in our regular season, they are the first group to be able to claim winning a Northern Neck District / Conference 43 title," said Jack.
"They've played together for many years through rec and high school and can be a great group to coach," Jack said. "They have all chipped in and everyone has contributed in some manner, offensively, defensively, special teams, and that kind of total effort is what it takes."
Lucas had 138 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. Turner, the Drifters’ quarterback, rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score. Junior Anajai Lewis rushed for 29 yards and a score and had a 75-yard kick return for another touchdown.
For W&L, now 4-6 for the year, running back Damhad Hyde rushed for 69 yards and junior quarterback Carson Bell passed for 67 yards and had a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Eagles' only points of the game.
"Hats off to Colonial Beach for a job well done. They were prepared and it showed," said W&L Coach Josh Wild. Despite the loss, W&L will get a shot in the 2A-East playoffs, playing at undefeated, 10-0, Goochland Friday.
"For a second week in a row I do not believe that the score was indicative of how good our team really is," said Wild. "We are much better than we have shown. These guys work hard throughout the week but as we have talked about we must show it when the lights come on."
"We are excited to be playing next week and will be prepared," Wild said. "Our game is a winnable one but we must stick together as a team and minimize penalties as well as turnovers. If we do that this will be a game the guys will remember forever."
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:53
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King George will play at Eastern View in the first round of the 4A-East VHSL playoffs after a frustrating 35-13 loss at home Friday to James Monroe. The Foxes fumbled four times and had two interceptions in an uncharacteristic mistake-prone effort against the Yellow Jackets.
"You can't make the kind of mistakes we did against a good team that knows how to win," said King George Coach Jeff Davis. The Foxes’ usually steady quarterback, junior Deon Williams, was picked off twice and their powerful running game could only notch 77 yards on the ground.
By contrast, James Monroe had 276 yards rushing and 16 first downs. The Yellow Jackets scored in every quarter including two touchdowns in the fourth period. King George scored in the third quarter on a five-yard run by senior running back Jordan Aley and again in the fourth on a pass play by Deon Williams. The attempt at a two-point conversion failed.
Foxes’ senior cornerback Devin Williams intercepted a James Monroe pass on the Yellow Jackets first possession and returned it to the James Monroe one-yard line. Unfortunately, the Foxes fumbled on the next play and the Yellow Jackets recovered.
"If we could have punched in the first one in, it might have made a difference," said Smith. King George ends the regular season 6-4 after rolling up six wins in their first seven games early in the season. The Foxes concluded regular season play with three straight losses and now play at Eastern View which is undefeated at 10-0.