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Dragons fall to Surry in closing seconds
SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2013
Park View traveled to Surry County on Friday night and loss a heartbreaker of a game in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, 24-22. It was Homecoming at Surry.
Park View opened the game by scoring on its first drive. Brent Cliborne connected with running back Terry Pettus for the game’s first TD at the 9:35 mark. The PAT was good for the 7-0 lead.
Nearing the end of the first quarter, the Cougars took the lead. Surry returned the kickoff for a big return.
After a pass play moved the ball to the two, Surry’s QB Derrick Bailey ran in from two yards out for the score. The two-point conversion was good and Surry led 8-7
In the second quarter a Dragon fumble led to a Surry recovery and TD. The score was 16-7, with the conversion.
Surry picked off Cliborne as halftime neared, but the PV defense held and soon intercepted the Cougars in the end zone to end the first half.
Surry opened the second half, getting a safety on Park View. The Dragons, facing fourth down deep in Cougar territory, punted. The snap was high and this resulted in the ball being kicked out the back of the end zone for the 18-7 score.
Entering the fourth quarter both teams got hot on offense again, especially the Dragons.
Cliborne and another of his backs, Leroy Allen, hooked up for a nine-yard TD pass. PV made the two-point attempt and only down by three, at 18-15.
Cliborne scored again from the one after an interception led to great field position. With the PAT, Park View took the lead, 22-18.
As the quarter wore on PV faced another punting situation. This time the punter was called down by ground contact.
Surry took over and two pass plays later were taking the ball in from the one with 59 seconds remaining in the game.
Surry held Park View on its last drive and the Dragons turned the ball over on downs to end the game.
The Dragons are 5-3-0 after the loss to Surry.
Park View travels to Southampton High to take on the Indians in a Friday night match-up this week. Game time is 7 p.m.
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