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Dragon quarterback Brett Cliborne rolls out for the throw. (Robbie McMillan photos)
SoVaNow.com / September 12, 2012
The Park View Dragons are shooting for a season to remember. The Bluestone Barons want to make 2012 their season of redemption.

Both teams couldn’t have their way Friday night in the annual Kings of the County game, pitting the county high schools on the gridiron at Dragon Field in South Hill.

And so it was — advantage, Dragons.

And how.

Park View, which forced a turnover on Bluestone’s first possession of the game and took a 35-0 first quarter lead, dominated from start to finish in a 66-0 rout, the most lopsided outcome in the history of the King of the County game.

It was a bracing comedown for the Barons, who started the season under new head James Fowlkes with an encouraging performance against Chatham, a 21-16 loss the Barons let slip away in the waning moments due to a turnover. A few breaks the other way, and Bluestone could have snapped its five-year-plus winless streak.

But if the Barons are going to break into the win column this year, they’ll have to do so against a foe less powerful than Park View. The Dragons, under head coach Doug Allison, aspire to join the elite in Region 1 competition, which includes teams from the Bay Rivers and Battlefield districts. The Dragons made their point on Aug. 31 when they beat Jamestown 34-28 on their home turf.

In contrast to their first two games, bruising battles with Jamestown and Warhill, the Friday night contest was a lopsided affair. Dragon linebacker Vince Cliborne set the tone on Bluestone’s opening play, a handoff to Baron tailback Nuce Smith. Cliborne burst through the line and belted Smith, knocking the ball loose for a fumble.

A 13-yard run to the end zone, and the Dragons led 7-0 following Jacob Newton’s PAT – one of nine on the night. Newton, the Dragons’ All-District kicker, was perfect on his conversions.

Bluestone fumbled again on the kickoff, and Park View had the ball back at their own 35. A few seconds later, James Brown broke for the end zone on a 23 yard run to give Park View a two-touchdown lead.

Following a Baron punt on the next possession, Park View QB Brett Cliborne and tight end Geo Feggins got in the act, the pair combining on a 67-yard pass-run play for the third TD of the night. At that point, Park View led 21-0 with plenty of time left in the first quarter.

With just under six minutes in the quarter, Cliborne found Feggins again for a touchdown pass that staked Park View to a 28-0 lead.

On the next Park View drive, after a stalled Bluestone possession, Cliborne found the same receiver for two big plays — a 25-yard pass to wideout Noo Noo Patterson, followed by a 22-yarder into the end zone. Advantage Park View, 35-0.

It wasn’t much different in the second quarter as Park View scored on a Newton field goal, a Jason Baskerville nine-yard TD run, and a 23-year bolt by Brown.

The score at halftime was 52-0, and after the break it was just a matter of getting in time for the reserves.

The Barons will try to rebound from the shellacking when they play again this Friday against Rappahannock. The Dragons, meantime, prepare to take on Colonial Heights on the road. Both games start at 7 p.m.







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