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Foxes end era at Hunter Field with W&L 41-0 shutout

 

A varsity football era has come to an end. 

Fox varsity football head coach Jeff Smith stepped onto Hunter Field, a.k.a. “The Pitt” for the last time, focused with the goal of defeating longtime Northern Neck rival, Washington & Lee. 

Defensively, the Foxes shut down the Eagles running game. 

In the first half alone, King George yielded zero passing yards, and 23 total yards. “Defense has always been our strong point,” Smith said. “If you look back at our scrimmage, and the first game against Manassas Park, our defense showed up.”

When the dust finally settled, the fans witnessed one of the most dominating performances against the Eagles in school history. In the last eight seasons, the Eagles have defeated the Foxes six times; however, the 41-0 shutout marked an end to a four-year drought. 

Fans also witnessed a memorable moment in the Foxes 60-year history, as 124 varsity football alumni, and 33 varsity cheerleaders stepped on to the field during a special ceremonial coin toss. 

Among the sports legends who made the historic event were: Moose Dobson, Wayne Williams, John Mikzsewski, Gary Butler, John and Jonathan Parker, D.J. Lewis, Stevie Gray, Issa Rishmawi and Jermon Bushrod.

In addition, three members of the first football team, from 1952, joined the Foxes captain in the center of the field to officially start the coin toss. During the early days of Fox football, many teams throughout the area played six-man football.

On Sept. 21, the Foxes will play their first game in the new KGHS stadium, on 10100 Foxes Way.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Foxes gave the fans in the packed stadium the game they had longed for. Fox middle linebacker/quarterback Corey Henderson started the second quarter with a 17-yard interception. During the ensuing drive, Henderson led the Foxes on a 57-yard drive that was set up with a 20-yard pass to Jordi Estes, and punctuated with a six-yard Estes touchdown. 

The Foxes ended the first half with a 34-yard field goal (Ean Chase), and a Austin Fisk fumble recovery that culminated in a 16-yard touchdown.

The Foxes started the third quarter with a 75-yard scoring drive that ended in a five-yard Jacob Baker touchdown run.

Midway into the third quarter, with their defense in full gear, the Foxes capitalized on a Xavier James interception, which eventually led to a De’Shon Brown five-yard touchdown. At this point in the game, the Foxes were comfortably ahead 28-0.

As the Eagles offense continued to struggle, without a sustainable drive, the Foxes opened up their vertical attack with a 72-yard pass from Henderson to Baker. “It wasn’t the return to The Pitt I expected,” Eagle varsity football head coach Antron Yates said. “The way I look at it is that I didn’t prepare my team well enough to come here, and play a good King George football team.” Last season, Yates served as an assistant coach for the Foxes varsity football team.

With a little over two minutes remaining to play, the Foxes closed out the game with a 14-yard touchdown from Fisk.

 

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