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Dragons topple Lafayette to advance

SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2012
By John Harvey 
The Virginia Gazette
Reprinted with permission


JAMES CITY— George Feggins is an offensive playmaker for Park View’s football team as the starting tight end.

The 6-foot-3 senior made an impact on special teams and on defense Friday night, leading the No. 4 Dragons to a 19-14 victory over Lafayette in the Region I Division 3 semifinals held at Sanford B. Wanner Stadium.

Feggins scored a 58 yard touchdown run on a fake punt in the first half. Defensively, he sealed the win with an interception and a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter as the Dragons avenged a 57-21 loss to Lafayette last year in the regional quarterfinals.

Lafayette (9-2) struck first, marching 86 yards on seven plays, all on the ground. Jahlil Green did most of the work with 63 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run with 6:00 left in first quarter. Alex Webb’s extra point was good and the Rams led 7-0.

The Rams struck again on its next possession, as Jacob Braeutigam rumbled 65 yards to give Lafayette a first and 10 from the Park View 14. Three plays later, Brendan McGinty rumbles two yards around left end on a keeper for a 14-0 lead.

The Dragons answered on their next possession as Terrie Pettus raced 58 yards for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 with 1:11 in the first quarter. Park View played the game without leading rusher Jason Baskerville, who missed the game with a shoulder injury.

The big plays continued in the second quarter as Coach Doug Allison reached into his bag of tricks. On fourth and 6 from his own 42, the Dragons called for a fake punt. Feggins rolled to his right, found a hole and then cut back 58 yards for a touchdown to pull Park View within a point.

Lafayette’s special teams answered, as Peter Hurst burst through the center of the line and blocked Jacob Newton’s extra point as the Rams maintained a 14-13 lead with 7:11 left in the half.

Park View (10-2) had a chance to take the lead, as Garry Jones recovered a fumble at the Lafayette 28. The Rams’ defense held firm, forcing a field goal attempt. Newton’s kick sailed wide left.

After racking up 246 total yards of offense in the first half, Lafayette really struggled to get things going offensively in the second half. Penalties, fumbles and bad snaps in critical situations seemed to pop up time and again.

The Rams turned the ball over three times in the second half and committed 12 penalties for 102 yards.

Park View-South Hill seized momentum midway through the fourth quarter thanks to some clutch plays from QB Brett Cliborne. The sophomore hooked up with a Le-Tazorius (Noo Noo) Patterson on a 54-yard completion down the right sidelines. Three plays later, Cliborne plowed in from a yard out. The two-point conversion failed as the Dragons led 19-14 with 6:59 left.

Lafayette had two possessions during the final seven minutes, but was unable to capitalize. The final drive started nicely, as McGinty hit Parker Kindley for a 46-yard catch-and-run to give the Rams first and 10 from the PV 13. Schekel Wallace was stopped for no gain and a bobbled snap forced a third and 15 from the 20-yard line.

On the next play, the shot-gun snap got passed McGinty. The sophomore picked up the loose ball and tried to hit Kindley, but his pass didn’t have enough on it and Feggins was there for the interception to seal the win

Green finished with 103 yards on 15 carries to lead Lafayette. The junior had just three carries in the second half after tweaking his injured ankle. Braeutigam added 99 yards on eight carries and Wallace finished with 72 yards on 15 carries.

Park View will meet James Monroe next Saturday in the regional final in Fredericksburg. Game time is 1:30 p.m.



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