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King George celebrates homecoming win over Knights

A decision by Spotsylvania to remove a three-point field goal and the initial lead on a fourth down play would prove to be a harbinger of a thorough beat down as the King George Foxes seized the momentum after snuffing out the visiting Knights’ try for a touchdown and went on to post a 37-7 homecoming victory Friday night.

The Foxes’ defense was so dominant that Spotsylvania was held completely scoreless until the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when both teams were substituting their benches.

Leading the way for King George was running back Jordi Estes, who notched a pair of touchdowns and recorded almost 80 yards in running real estate.  Foxes’ quarterback Cory Henderson and receiver Jacoby White also got into the scoring.

Henderson’s first score came on a 27-yard rainbow spiral to White on a hook pattern that left Knight defenders looking like beached mackerels sucking air.

The Foxes scored in every quarter of the game. And every drive, except for two, which were thwarted by penalties and required a punt, was a successful one.

With the victory, King George moved into contention for the title in the AAAA Battlefield District crown.  The game also was the second one of the week. King George met and defeated arch rival James Monroe last Monday night in what was a make-up contest due to a weather-related postponement.

The Spotsylvania game began with the Knights first showing signs of a contest as the Knights moved steadily from their opening kickoff reception at the 40-yard line.  And two first downs later, it was the Knights threatening in the red zone at the 26-yard line.

But the bid ended behind a wall of blue Foxes jerseys, and the Knights lined up for a field goal try.

The attempt was a good one, as the scoreboard flashed the three-point lead, but the field goal also resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the Foxes for roughing the kicker and the Knights opted to take the points off the board and try for a touchdown instead. It was a wrong decision.

Knights’ quarterback Blair Lawson was first sacked and then picked off by Foxes defensive back Antwan Brown and King George was in business for its initial drive.  That drive quickly saw six plays to the 27-yard line on the Foxes’ side of the field where Henderson hooked up with White for the game’s first score. From that point on it was all King George. A Spotsylvania fumble put the Foxes in threatening position again in the second quarter, and Henderson threw for his second touchdown, finding Markiece Johnson on a fade pattern in the left corner of the end zone from the 15-yard line.

Estes took over the scoring for the Foxes at that point as he recorded his two rushing touchdowns on an initial 24-yard scamper and 16-yard burst up the middle.

King George also scored on a safety as the Foxes’ defenders got in the act when Lawson was pulled down in the Knights’ endzone by Foxes’ defensive end Juwan Parker.

Doug Davant

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