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Foxes clip Stafford Indians in gridiron classic

The last four seconds of the game showed the character of the King George High School varsity football team. Whether it was senior place kicker Jacob Perkins kicking the winning 35-yard field goal, or the team overcoming a host of potential game-ending penalties, the factor that boldly sticks out about King George is team character—and how it played a role in defeating 6A South Conference 4 triple-A power Stafford, 20-17.


Elated with the outcome of the game, Fox varsity head coach Jeff Smith praised his team’s poise and ability to focus with a winning attitude.

“There were so many kids jumping up and down after the game—it felt as if we had won the state championship,” Smith said. “Right now we’re thinking we can win every single game.”

With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Fox senior quarterback, Corey Henderson lunged in from three yards for the first touchdown. The score was set up by a 27-yard run, courtesy of Markiece Johnson.

Throughout most of the second quarter, the game transitioned into a defensive standoff; however, with 1:19 left in the half, the Indians managed to clear the uprights with a field goal, cutting the Fox lead to 7-3.

On the ensuing Fox possession, Henderson was intercepted by Hunter Endler on the Indians’ 26-yard line with 1:06 left in the half. Moments later, the Indians took the lead, as Steven Cropp connected with Taurus Carroll for a 72-yard touchdown.
At the start of the third quarter, in a twist of fate, the Foxes were stricken with two costly holding penalties that wiped out two touchdown runs by Jordi Estes. However, the Foxes refused to bend, as Perkins tied the game (10-10) with a 23-yard field goal.

After runs of 16, 10, and seven yards, in the first minute of the fourth quarter, Jacoby White scored from 14 yards out to put the Foxes ahead by a touchdown.

The Foxes defense, led by an interception by Estes, stopped a potential scoring drive by the Indians on their first possession of the first quarter. However, the Indians rallied to tie the game at 17-17, after a tipped ball, thrown by Cropp, landed in the hands of Jacob Magill, for a 55-yard touchdown.

Instead of settling for overtime, the Foxes, lead by Henderson, methodically marched down to the Indians’ 19-yard line, where Perkins put the game in the record books.

With four seconds remaining in the game, Perkins kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal. “When I was going up for the kick, I was trying not to think of any pressure,” Perkins said. “I was thinking as if it was just another kick, and when I kicked it, the ball slowly went over the upright—and everything was crazy there.”

While the non-conference win will serve as a motivational tool for the 2-0 Foxes, there will be no rest for the weary, as they prepare to host Riverbend on Friday, at 7 p.m. Last week, the Bears defeated Courtland 35-26.

 

Leonard Banks
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