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Foxes debut new stadium with win over Cougars

It was a night to remember! On Friday evening, in front of a standing room only crowd, the Foxes gave the fan faithful a sample of what they have waited for. They opened the Battlefield District regular season with a resounding 21-10 victory over the Courtland Cougars (1-3, 0-1). More importantly, the win was also the beginning of a new era in King George High School (KGHS) sports. With the long awaited debut of the new stadium, fans witnessed a once in a lifetime experience. 

After spending most of his athletic career on the courts and fields associated with KGHS, Fox varsity head coach Jeff Smith is overjoyed to give Fox fans a program capable of going beyond district post-season play.

“This is something we’ve been looking for a long time here at King George,” Smith said. “Everybody including Alex Fisher, Mr. Conway, and the County came together to make this night happen. What better way to open the new stadium than to come away with a win.” 

Equally matched with an arsenal of athletes, both teams battled to a defensive stalemate in the first half. Although the Cougars scored first on a 25-yard field goal, the Foxes roared back at the start of the second quarter, as Jordan Estes scored from two yards out. “After scoring the first touchdown in the new stadium, the feeling is unbelievable,” Estes said.

In the third quarter, Fox quarterback Corey Henderson gave King George a 14-3 lead as he culminated a 32-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, with 10:39 left in the game, the Cougars cut the Fox lead to 14-10, with a four-yard touchdown. 

Later in the quarter, the Foxes capitalized on a Cougar fumble, and subsequently extended their lead to 21-10 on a Henderson to De’Shon Brown 25-yard touchdown.

With 3:37 left in the game, Jenkins gave the Cougars their last chance at hope, as he busted up the middle for a 21-yard run down to the Foxes seven-yard line. However, as fate would have it, Xavier James intercepted a Cougar pass to shut down the drive, and hopes for a miracle rally.

Collectively, the Foxes have put together a balanced attack on both sides of the ball. With Henderson at the center of the upcoming wars, as a middle linebacker and quarter, anything is possible. “I like being a part of the team for the whole time,” Henderson said. “I will do whatever it takes to win.”

Currently the Foxes and defending Battlefield District champion, James Monroe have identical 1-0, 4-0 records. The perennial foes have been traveling on parallel paths since the start of the season. On Sept. 28, at Maury Stadium, the showdown between the Foxes and Yellow Jackets will reach a breaking point. The river to the district championship flows through Yellow Jacket country.

On the following Friday (October 5th), the Foxes will celebrate homecoming as they host the Spotsylvania Knights.

 

Leonard Banks

Sports Editor

 

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