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Error-prone Park View jayvees fall to Greensville / October 09, 2019

The Park View jayvee football team hosted Greensville County Thursday night at PVHS. The game, pushed back an hour to 7 p.m. due to excessive heat, was a mistake-ridden affair and the Dragons came up short, 18-8.

Penalties, fumbles and other various miscues proved to be the undoing for the young Dragons. One very costly mistake early in the second quarter proved to be a pivotal moment. With the ball at their own 34 yard line and score tied at 0-0, Park View running back D. Alexander took a handoff, squirted through the line and galloped 66 yards for a touchdown only to see it called back for a holding penalty. To make matters worse, the hold was not what broke the play.

By the time the first half ended, the teams had combined for 11 penalties, two turnovers and numerous other miscommunications and errors. Both teams had to feel fortunate to see a scoreless tie on the board as the second half began.

Greensville drew first blood when, with 4:40 gone in the third quarter, an Eagwles RB broke free for a 28-yard scamper into the Park View end zone. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0 in favor of GCHS.

On the ensuing drive Park View started with excellent field position on the Greensville 30 yard line thanks to an impressive kick return by the Dragons’ T. Thomas. The Dragons capitalized a few plays later when QB T. Turman called his own number and drove in from the three yard line for a TD to tie it up. The two-point conversion succeeded and Park View had their first, and only, lead of the game.

Midway through the fourth quarter another costly mistake nullified a Dragon interception when the defensive back was called for pass interference. The Eagles took advantage and scored just a few plays later. The two-point try failed, leaving Greensville with a 12-8 lead.

With 5:07 left in the fourth quarter the Dragons had possession of the ball when disaster struck in the form of a botched pitch-out between the QB and the RB. Greensville picked up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone for their third TD and held a 18-8 lead with time rapidly reeling off the clock.

The Dragons couldn’t get anything going and with 1:35 remaining to play the Dragons threw three straight incompletions and turned the ball back over to Greensville on downs. Greensville would run out the clock for the victory.

With the loss the Jayvee Dragons fall to 1-3 and will travel to Lawrenceville on October 17 to face the Brunswick Senior High JV Bulldogs.

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