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Dragons scorched by Bulldogs, 42-26

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Quarterback Brett Cliborne rolls out for the Dragons. (Robbie McMillan photo) / October 24, 2012
The Park View Dragons are now 7-2 this season after a tough 42-26 loss to the Brunswick Bulldogs Friday night. The Dragons are 2-1 in the Southside District.

“I think they just did a better job blocking and tackling,” said Coach Doug Allison. “They played a tough schedule and that really helped them get ahead. Our kids realize now that we need to raise the level of our game and now they see that we always need to be improving.”

The Dragons drew first blood, scoring in the early minutes of the game and were up 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Park View scored one more touchdown in the second quarter but the Bulldogs answered with two of their own. The score was 14-13 at the end of the first half.

The Bulldogs had an offensive explosion in the third quarter, scoring two more touchdowns to make the score 28-13 at the end of the frame.

Park View scored two more touchdowns in the final quarter and at one point the score was 34-26. But the Dragons lost momentum in the final minutes when Brunswick scored a touchdown with just two minutes on the clock and tacked on the two point conversion.

Brett Cliborne had two touchdown passes — one to Geo Feggins in the first quarter and another to Matt Brown.

Feggins also scored a defensive touchdown in the first half.

“If we get a chance to play in the postseason, we have to raise our level of play,” said Allison. “

Coach Allison said that the Dragons are looking forward to a tough game Friday night and are “saying we have a one game season and it’s Greensville.”

“The schedule got very tough here at the end. Southampton away is going to be strong, then you go to Brunswick and they have a great team, and now we face Greensville for the second time. We played them away and won, but they had several players that were out and now they’re playing with a full squad,” said Allison. “The struggle now is for our young men to realize that it’s a different game with different results from one Friday night to the next. We just really have to control Park View right now and find out how can Park View improve on the basics.”

Friday night is also Senior Night at Dragon Field.

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