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Park View back in win column / October 30, 2019
Park View traveled to Surry County High School on Friday night in desperate need of a win to improve their prospects for advancing to the regional playoffs.

After two disappointing losses in the past two weeks, to Greensville and Brunswick, the Dragons found a measure of redemption against Surry, taking a 37-20 road victory.

Going into the game, the Dragons were ranked 11th in the VHSL Class 3 East Region with only the top eight teams making the playoffs. The first task for Park View is to win the final three games of the season and hope that some of the teams above them lose.

The Dragons took the first step towards that goal with a solid performance at William Miller Field in Dendron.

The Cougars won the toss and elected to receive, and for the second week in a row the Dragons allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown. Unlike last week’s opening TD by Brunswick, however, Surry’s scoring runback was nullified by a penalty. Undeterred, the Cougars went on to score six plays later to take a 6-0 lead with 9:10 left in the first quarter.

Park View had an answer on the offensive end. Six minutes after starting their first possession, Dragon quarterback Josh Boyd hit Tyler Turman for a 14-yard TD pass. Adam Crabel kicked the PAT and with 3:23 left in the first quarter Park View owned a 7-6 lead.

The ensuing drive for Surry started on the Cougar 45-yard line and ended five plays later with a fumble recovered by Park View.

Park View went on to eat up the clock with a solid drive, featuring runs of 7, 6, 29, 15, 8 and one yard, resulting in the second TD for the Dragons. Crabel’s kick sailed through the uprights and with 10:15 left in the first half, the Dragons led 14-6.

The Cougars would be forced to punt once again on their next drive and Park View took over deep in their own territory. The Dragons put together another strong drive and burned seven minutes off the clock before J. Boyd hit L’Anthony Joyner for a 19-yard TD pass with 0:35 left in the half. This time Crabel couldn’t get the kick away due to issues with the snap and the holder ,so the Dragons settled for a 20-6 lead at the half.

Park View opened the second half with another successful drive. Highlights of the drive included an 18-yard run by Tomar Logan and a 25-yard run by Daivon Robinson. The drive was capped off by T. Logan’s 4 yard TD run. Crabel’s kick was good and PV led 27-6 with less than nine minutes left to play in the third.

The third quarter was an interminable affair that seemed to last forever. Multiple penalty flags required long discussions by the referee crew.

A drive by Surry led to a touchdown after Cougar QB K. Drakeford hit his receiver K. Batten for a 44-yard pass to the Park View six-yard line. The pair hooked up again on the next play for the TD. The two-point try was good and Park View’s lead was cut to two touchdowns, at 27-14.

The Dragons were able to put together another time-eating drive aided, in part, by a personal foul call on Surry. Facing fourth and 10 at the Surry 23, Adam Crabel came on to attempt a 39 yard field goal. The kick was good but a pair of offsetting penalty flags resulted in a re-kick from the exact same spot. The second kick sailed through with room to spare and Park View improved their lead to 30-14.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Dragons caught the Cougars unawares with an onside kick and were able to recover it. The Dragons started in great field position. Park View once again held onto the ball and ate up serious time off the clock before A. Crabel came in as QB and tiptoed his way into the end zone for a one-yard TD run with 9:52 left in the fourth. The kick was good and Park View had the lead, 37-14.

The last of the scoring came with 7:58 left in the game. Surry QB K. Drakeford hit K. Batten for another TD pass, this one for 44 yards. Batten had got behind the secondary and PV defensive back T. Turman closed the distance and was in position for the interception, but Batten caught the ball and took it to the house for six points. The two-point try failed and PV led 37-20.

The teams continued to trade punches but the scoring was over for the night and the Dragons escaped with the hard-fought 37-20 finale.

With the win, Park View improved to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Tri-Rivers District. The victory also moves Park View up one spot in the regional rankings to tenth.

Regional rankings as of Monday have Phoebus in first place, York and Hopewell tied for second, Lafayette in fourth, I.C. Norcom in fifth, Tabb in sixth, Booker T. Washington in seventh and Petersburg and Southampton tied for eighth. That makes next week’s matchup against Southampton in Courtland a must-win for the Dragons if they’re to have any chance of making the regional playoffs this season.

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