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Dragons fall short at Warren County, 35-23
SoVaNow.com / November 20, 2013
The Park View Dragons made the trip to Fort Royal on Friday night to take on Warren County High School in the opening round of the Class 3-A East Conference football playoffs and lost to the Wildcats, 35-23.
Park View was ranked ninth entering postseason play, Warren County was the eighth seed. The Dragons’ offense, which has been averaging 36 points per game, got off-track early and was not able to completely recover.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, scoring on their first possession.
Warren County got on the board after QB Austen Butler hooked up with Casey Stewart for an 80-yard TD pass, even as the team was facing a third and 10. The PAT was good and Warren was up 7-0.
Park View fumbled the ball on its opening possession, giving the Wildcats great field position at the PV 42-yard line. The Wildcats worked the ball to the PV 23.
On the next play, Demetrius Yates avoided several would-be-tacklers to score and pad the lead at 14-0 at the 6:39 mark.
Park View was able to score in the second quarter after Jaylen Bullock returned the ball to the WC 34-yard line. Park View moved the ball to the 23 for a first and 10.
Bullock ran to the 13 for another first down, and on the next play he burst up the middle for the TD. The Jacob Newton kick was good and the score was 14-7 with a little over six minutes left in the half.
After taking the kickoff, Warren County ran to the 22. The Wildcats soon faced a third and five at their own 27. Going back to the air, Butler was intercepted by Park View’s Nigel Stanley, who returned the ball to the Wildcat 18.
On the next snap, Matt Brown moved the ball to the 15. Park View was unable to get the first down and went for a field-goal attempt, which Newton connected from 34-yards out. Park View was within four points, 14-10, with 2:33 to go in the half.
A pooch kick by the Dragons on the next series was unsuccessful and the Wildcats started play at the PV 42. Warren County fumbled the ball on this possession and PV recovered at the Wildcats 40.
The Dragons ran three plays without making the first down but were able to call timeout with one second left in the quarter. The Dragons decided to go for the score on fourth down.
Dragon quarterback Brett Cliborne launched a ‘Hail Mary’ to seemingly end the quarter. But an alert play by WC’s Stewart resulted in an interception.
Stewart then returned the ball 92 yards for a TD, giving Warren County a huge momentum boost as play came to a pause for halftime.
Down 21-14, Park View opened the third quarter by receiving the ball, but punted after the drive bogged down. But the Dragon defense took a major stand and forced WC to turn the ball over on downs.
Park View started at its 30 and soon faced a third and four. The Dragons punted and Newton got off a great 48-yard kick.
The Wildcats began their drive at the WC 22. PV’s Hakeem Bennett sacked Butler on the next snap. Facing a second and 16, Butler hit his slot receiver, Jontae Rollin, for an 85-yard TD. With the PAT, Warren County was up 28-10.
The Dragons got the ball back and went to work. After a run by Brown, which also netted a block-in-the-back call, Allen ran the ball to the PV 22 for a first down. After Brown moved the ball to the 25, Cliborne and Noo-Noo Patterson set the visiting Park View contingent on fire with a 75-yard TD pass-reception.
Newton nailed the PAT and Park View was within striking distance at 28-17 with 4:31 left in the third.
Both teams scored in the fourth quarter. With 5:57 to go in the quarter, after an end around by Patterson and a run by Stanley, the Dragons had the ball at the WC 49.
Facing a fourth and 13 with 4:00 minutes to go, Park View went for the first down and made it on a Brown run to the WC 25.
Stanley took a pass route on the next play, caught the ball but fumbled as he was being tackled. The Dragons recovered and were first-and-goal at the four. Stanley took the ball into the end zone on the next snap. The two-point conversion attempt was no good and the score was 28-23.
Park View went for the onside kick but was unsuccessful. On second down Yates ran for a 52-yard TD to put Warren County in front, 35-23.
Without any timeouts left, the Dragons were completely shut down by WC on its next series of plays.
Warren County got the ball back with 52 seconds and ran the clock out to move on in conference postseason play.
With the loss, Park View saw its season come to an end.
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