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Fox JV football finishes an extraordinary season


Saturday at 10 a.m.:  The King George High School Junior Varsity Football team hopes to be busy playing football at that time this week in a rematch of the Foxes only District loss against undefeated James Monroe (8-0, 6-0 in Battlefield District) this past week, 8-26. The Foxes are just a game away from advancing to that championship game, which will be held at the Battlefield District leader’s home field (Maury Field) on Saturday, Nov. 14.   The Foxes will remain the Battlefield District’s number two seed if they win on Wednesday night in their regular season finale against Caroline at home (Hunter Field).

Thursday’s physical game at James Monroe may have had a different outcome lest the first quarter game-ending injury of freshman quarterback Xaiver James, along with a couple of other key-player injuries throughout the game.  In spite of not playing the entire game, freshman running back DeShaon Brown led the Foxes in rushing for 64 yards in 14 carries.  Sophomore running back Trey Graham rushed for 33 yards in seven carries and scored the lone King George touchdown, with sophomore Delonte Chisley scoring the extra points.   James completed his only pass of the game to freshman Mark Johnson, who went seven yards.  Freshman Joshua Grant took the field as offensive director when James was injured, completing one of five passes with one interception.  Coach Lyburn praised the backup quarterback for his fine play in a tough situation.  Fortunately, the injured Foxes are probable for this week’s game(s).
It has been an extraordinary season for the Foxes, 5-2-1 (4-1-1 in Battlefield District play).   Head coach Neil Lyburn said it was great being so successful this year as he returned to coach the Foxes after a two year stint at Courtland.  Coach Lyburn has coached football in various capacities at King George High School from 1997 to 2007.
“The whole team has stepped up and played well,” coach Lyburn said. “Several players had to change positions to fill in for players who couldn’t be [at games] due to sickness or disciplinary reasons.” Sophomores Kordell Strauss and Mike Bewick, along with D. Brown, have been inspirational leaders for the team.
Running has been the name of the game for the Foxes.  D. Brown leads the team with nearly 1,000 yards in more than 120 carries for the season, with 13 touchdowns.  The Foxes have not passed much this year, but Brown and sophomores Matt Jersen and Chisley have each intercepted two or more passes during the season.  In their Spotsylvania game, Chisley also recovered a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.
Fox defense has held up their part of the game throughout the season. Lyburn praised his defensive linemen, freshmen Nate Jackson and Trey Graham, and sophomores George Bechtold and Shawn Hughes for their competency.
“Jackson is a very versatile player for us and will play anywhere we put him,” Lyburn said.  Chisley and D. Brown have stepped up on defense as well for the Foxes.
This week is your last chance to see the JV Foxes in action.  Wednesday night the Foxes will battle Caroline to stay alive and advance to Saturday’s championship game.  Game time is 7 p.m.  Go Foxes!

Teri Priebe
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