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KG Foxes demolish Spotsylvania Knights

A few words of advice and caution to King George High School’s football opponents: Try to avoid meeting the Foxes after they have suffered a disappointment as they can be a bit rabid.

Spotsylvania High’s Knights unfortunately served as a clear example of what can happen when the Foxes are mad. The result last Friday night was a 59-0 drubbing, courtesy of Foxes’ Corey Henderson, Alon Clipper, Jacob Baker, Deshon Brown, Jordi Estes, Xavier James, David Hutt, and Austin Fisk.

 

The victory seemed to immediately get the bad taste out of the Foxes’ mouths after they dropped a heartbreaking loss to Battlefield leader, James Monroe, in a game they were leading until late in the third quarter.

“All week long we were focused on what had happened to us (against James Monroe),” said King George coach Jeff Smith.  “It was a tough loss but it motivated us to do better and we got the job done tonight.  I’m really proud of the way the team performed, especially our seniors.”

To say the Foxes were like a well-oiled engine hitting on all cylinders would be an understatement; they were more like a jet engine on afterburner.  The team moved at will offensively and proved to be a stubborn holder of gridiron real estate on defense.  And, if there was any need for improvement in the Foxes game, it would only have to be in keeping yellow flags in officials’ pockets.

Smith eluded to that fact: “yeah, we made way too many unnecessary penalties but most of them were the aggressive type...and you want your team to be aggressive.”

King George scored on every one of its drives, except one which came late in the fourth quarter with the Foxes’ lone punt of the night.  

The first quarter began with a good runback by Brown to the 47-yard-line.  There, Henderson and company took over and moved quickly down the field on a seven-play drive to the Spotsylvania 29.  Henderson then arced a rainbow spiral to Clipper for the score.

The defense took over then as, after the ensuing kickoff, the Foxes, led by Juwan Parker, Xavious Tate, Chase Manard and T.J. Jenkins, squashed the Knights’ attempt to answer after giving up only one first down.

A punt to the King George 24-yard-line had the Foxes back in business and they moved relentlessly behind Henderson’s timely scrambling ability.  A personal foul penalty also helped in the drive and the Foxes eventually found themselves at the Knight’s 26-yard-line.  But the drive stalled there and King George went reaching for a 36-yard field for a 10-0 first quarter lead.

The second stanza began horribly for the visiting Knights.  Spotsylvania quarterback Ashten Dixon, who had been somewhat effective with a short passing game, went for a long completion which was picked off by James who went 64 yards for the “pick six” score.  Lindsey Armentrout, who later had the distinction of being chosen as the Homecoming Queen along with Clipper as Homecoming King, kicked the point after.

Again, any attempt by the Knights to get something going went for nought, and the Foxes took over after a Spotsy punt to the King George 39.

From there, Estes first went for six yards, then Henderson took the ball to the house on a 54-yard scamper after a botched handoff attempt and the rout was on.  King George scored twice more before the half as Henderson found Baker with a 21-yard pass for a touchdown and Clipper for another 20-yard pass.

Spotsylvania opened the second half with a muffed kickoff fumble and the Foxes quickly capitalized again after only two plays when Estes crashed in from the one-yard-line.   King George got another field goal later in the third quarter with Devon Haas connecting from 33 yards.

The last quarter saw the Foxes beginning to pull their starters but the second team showed it had just as much punch as the first stringers.  Fisk, who replaced Henderson, scored after being set up by a 23-yard run by Brown to the nine-yard line.  Then Hutt picked off Dixon and took it back 50 yards for the final Fox touchdown.
“This was a great win,” Smith said.  “We kept our minds on what we needed to do and did it.”

With the victory, King George moves to 5-1 and 2-1 in their Battlefield Conference.  They have an away game with tough Chancellor, a 35-2 winner, Caroline at home, and Culpeper left in October with Eastern View at home as the last regular game of the season before the playoffs.

 

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