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Foxes edged in a 13-12 squeaker

 

The torrential morning rain last Friday that turned Thomas Lomax Hunter Field into a quagmire and marred King George High School’s planned homecoming festivities put the Foxes in a foul mood and they were ready to take it out on visiting Chancellor in the Monday rescheduled joust. Unfortunately their guests, led by one of Virginia’s top 20 high school quarterbacks, was able to nip their hosts as the Chargers edged King George in a 13-12 hard-fought defensive battle.

The game was every bit as even as the score. King George more than took the measure of the arm of highly-rated Derrin Jackson, stuffing all but two of the Chancellor drives into the red zone with crisp smash-mouth takedowns.

Leading the way for the Foxes on both sides of the ball was De’shon Brown. The 5-10 junior was a dynamo in the defensive backfield and amassed more than 80 yards of offense as the main offensive weapon when staring as the King George running back.  
The defensive line and backers also shined brightly, anchored by stalwarts Blake Sparks, Josh Jenkins, Matt Myers, Shawn Hughes,

Xzavius Tate, Nate Jackson, Corey Henderson, Jon Brinson, Jordan Estes and Jahon Penn.

King George head coach Jeff Smith said he was proud of the way the Foxes stymied nearly every opportunity Chancellor had to score but he also pointed out the lack of points on the board at the end of the contest.

“I’m always proud when we play a good defensive game,” Smith said,  “but we’ve got to put points on the board. We played hard and it’s great to get the good defensive effort…we always seem to play well defensively. We just can’t seem to put a lot of points on the board. But we’ll go back and sort this out and try to get better offensively.”

The game started out with the two teams trading touchdowns in the first quarter.  Jackson, who is rated the 18th best high school quarterback in the state by MaxPreps (a CBS Sports.com site), moved the Chargers on a late drive that was aided by a couple of costly Foxes’ penalties to a 13-6 score as the half ended. It turned out to be all that the Chargers would get the rest of the way.

A fumble on the second play of the second-half kickoff put the Foxes in business on the Chargers’ 35-yard line. From there Brown carried the load and King George, helped by two Chancellor penalties, marched steadily down to the 2-yard line.  Brown took it into the end zone on a second-and-goal thrust and the Foxes tried a two-point conversion to make up for their missed extra-point in the first half but were stopped just short of making it.

From that point onward the two teams seemed content to see which could sport the best defense. The Virginia High School League referees also helped keep it a defensive struggle as Hunter Field became yellow flag-friendly through much of the third quarter and most of the final one.

King George got the ball for a final try with under two minutes left and tried hard to pass its way into decent field position for a hoped for walk-off celebration. But each of the aerials went for nought and Chancellor took over on downs then went into a victory formation to kill the clock.

“It was like this last year,” Smith said of the game.  “We had a tremendous defensive game but just couldn’t seem to score. We’re going to go back to work this week and find a way to put more points on the board.”

Doug Davant

 

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