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There was never a doubt in the mind of Foxes (7-2) varsity football coach Jeff Smith that last week’s 35-7 loss to Courtland represented a temporary stumbling block for the fortunes of a playoff-bound team. Not only did the Foxes find redemption in their 45-14 win over visiting Caroline, but they rediscovered their swagger along with a renewed confidence level.
“I thought we put a little too much pressure on them in terms of how important that game was,” Smith said. “The game was for the district championship, and if we won that game, it could have meant smooth sailing. Of course we would have to beat Chancellor, but it would have put us in a better position.”
If the Foxes are successful against the 1-7 Chargers, the will host a 4-A North Conference playoff game.
This week, Smith told his team to relax and focus on having fun. After hearing that, the Foxes shook off the memories of the Cougar loss, and simply played the game the way they know best. After an evenly played first half, they dominated the second half on both sides of the line.
Senior running back/defensive back, Jordi Estes scored on four different occasions, while finishing the game with 107 rushing yards. After their offense shifted into cruise control, 14 different players carried the ball from the backfield, totaling a combined 335 yards.
As for the Cavaliers, Rashaard Harris struggled with two crucial interceptions as he completed 16 passes out of 36 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. To his credit, there were six dropped balls that were potential touchdowns.
It took King George less than two minutes to march 90 yards down the field for the game’s first touchdown. Collectively, Corey Henderson and Kendall Harvey aided in the rushing effort that resulted in a two-yard touchdown by Estes.
The Cavaliers started the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Will Howard.
Sparked by an interference penalty against the Cavaliers (Reggie Twisdale), the Foxes sustained a 41-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Estes.
The Foxes began the third quarter with an injury to running back/defensive back Markiece Johnson. Johnson is essential to the Foxes’ defensive and offensive attack.
Midway in the third quarter, Estes broke the game wide open with a 45-yard jaunt over the right side of the Cavaliers defensive line. Estes’ efforts resulted in the Foxes extending their lead to 21-6.
With 3:35 left in the quarter, Estes continued to haunt the Cavaliers, as he returned a touchdown for 55 yards—extending the Foxes lead to 28-6.
Backup quarterback, Zach Johnson capped the Foxes’ third-quarter scoring frenzy with a three-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, after a botched punt attempt, the Foxes capitalized on the Cavaliers’ misfortunes with a Eian Chase 15-yard touchdown run.
With 7:02 left in the game, Harris found Howard wide open for a 28-yard touchdown. However, with time running out, along with a field goal by Jacob Perkins to finalize the Foxes scoring (45-14), the game came to a merciful end.