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Foxes rally past Cougars in barn-burner

altThe Foxes’ (1-0, 3-1) latest 43-28 win over Battlefield District rival Courtland (0-1, 0-4) on Friday night at their home field, “The Pit,” is a solid indication that they are unquestionably for real. The victory propels the Foxes into a second place tie with James Monroe (1-0, 3-1), and a showdown with division leading Eastern View (2-0, 3-1).
The Foxes travel to play the Cyclones on Friday, Oct. 9 — game time is 7:30 p.m. The Cyclones are known for their offensive attack; most recently they defeated Chancellor (0-1, 2-2) 39-27.  King George will need everything, including the kitchen sink, when they battle the suffocating Cyclone defense. As for Courtland, they will face a team with an identical record next Friday, in the form of Spotsylvania (0-1, 0-4).
The Foxes’ next home game will feature their homecoming against Chancellor, on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Do the Foxes have the right stuff to overtake first place this week? Now that district competition is a reality, every week from this point will be interesting. Given the fact that the Foxes’ latest victory over the Cougars is their first since 2001.
Fox varsity head football coach Jeff Smith and his coaching staff have every reason to be optimistic about a possible run at the coveted district title.
“This is one team that has worked from Aug. 2, until now; day in and day out,” Smith said. “Two weeks ago against Goochland, when we lost that game, I felt that we were the better team. We’ve started to rally around what know as a team — all we do as coaches is coach, and let the players do the work — and tonight it showed how well our team can play.”
During the first quarter, n spite of falling behind by two touchdowns, and turning the ball over two times in their first two possessions, the Foxes never lost their poise or did the intangible associated with the 12th man (partisan packed stadium of Fox fans) abandon them. In fact, the Foxes jumped right back in the game with a 68-yard scoring drive. Courtesy of a 13-yard pass from Tevin Jones to Wayne Wyatt, the Foxes cut the Cougar lead to 12-7.
On the ensuing possession, Michael Bailey gave the Cougars some breathing room by capping a 70-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown. However, in the second quarter, the Foxes bounced back on their next possession with a 30-yard touchdown from Jones to Kelsey Monroe. Jones would later finish the game with 13 completions on 21 attempts for 230 yards, including three touchdowns.
After the Cougars took a commanding 28-14 at halftime, the Foxes fought back in the third quarter with a DJ Lewis 7-yard touchdown, and 12-yard touchdown pass to De’Shon Brown to tie the game at 28-28.
Seizing the opportunity to put his team ahead, multi-athlete/kicker Steven Cocke bolted down the sidelines during an apparent punting situation for a 70-yard touchdown. Cocke finished the night with a touchdown-saving tackle, an interception, five point after kick scores and a two-point conversion.
“He is simply unbelievable,” Smith said about his resident all-around athlete (soccer, basketball, football). “He is our special teams man, and our defensive ball hawk — his presence gives our team a lot of confidence.”
The Foxes would complete their scoring on a DJ Lewis 37-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

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