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W&L upsets King George with OT triumph

They didn’t use finesse or any degree of misdirection to defeat their crosstown rival, but on Aug. 28, the Washington & Lee Eagles ended a two-year drought by beating host King George.

“Washington & Lee ran three plays, and they executed them to a T,” Foxes’ varsity football Jeff Smith said. “Although we made some adjustments at halftime, we didn’t stick to those adjustments as a team.”

After Eagles’ running back Dexter Thompson ran through would-be tacklers for a 22-yard gain, the crowd at King George High Stadium went into a state of silence. However, on the Foxes’ second drive, quarterback Will Clift faked a handoff and bolted up the middle of the field for a 70-yard touchdown.

Thirty-five seconds later, Foxes’ lineman K.C. Matherly recovered a fumble on the Washington & Lee 19-yard line. Clift helped his cause two plays later with a 13-yard touchdown.

Jacolby White extended the lead to 21-6 after faking a punt and racing up field for a 70-yard score. After White’s big play, it appeared the Foxes were in the driver’s seat.

However, the Eagles bounced back on a nine-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown by Dejon Weldon. The Foxes soon would become familiar with the Eagles’ jet sweep play as the night continued to unfold.

After Chas Parker’s 45-yard field goal was called back due to a penalty, the Eagles marched 67 yards down the field for another Thompson touchdown, this time from two yards out. The tension soon began to mount as the Eagles converted the two-point conversion to take the lead, 22-21.

With seconds remaining in the first half, Parker successfully converted a 40-yard field goal, giving the Foxes a 24-22 lead.
A rejuvenated Eagles’ defense started the third quarter by stopping the Foxes’ offense on their two-yard line. However, on the Foxes’ second possession, Jordan Aily busted up the middle for a 56-yard touchdown and a 31-22 lead.
The Eagles responded in the forth quarter, as Marian Pollard blasted up the field for a 58-touchdown run. After a successful two-point conversion, the Eagles were breathing down the Foxes’ neck again and trailed 31-30.

Later in the quarter, with less 6:17 remaining, Linwood Newman intercepted a pass that halted a potential Foxes’ scoring drive. The Eagles methodically used 12 plays, and five and a half minutes on a drive that ended with Weldon’s four-yard scoring run. The subsequent two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 38-31 lead.

However, with seven seconds remaining, White completed a 65-yard pass to Willie Galloway that tied the game.
After the game went into overtime, the Foxes scored on their first attempt from 10-yards out on a White to Deandre Reynolds three-yard touchdown pass, but the extra-point attempt was blocked.

With the crowd screaming from every part of the stadium, the Eagles scored on Weldon’s one-yard plunge, and Thompson’s two-point conversion gave them the win.

On Sept. 5, the Foxes are scheduled to host Stafford, while the Eagles will host Windsor. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

Leonard Banks
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