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Park View falls 40-34 in double OT thriller

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Tomar Logan makes a Colonial Heights defender miss en route to the end zone in the Dragons’ double OT loss at PVHS Friday night. (Steve Hinzman photo) / September 15, 2021
Park View fell to Colonial Heights Friday night 40-34 in double overtime in its home football opener in South Hill.

Park View (1-1) fell behind early but rallied to tie the game, coming within a whisker of taking the win against their non-conference opponent.

Colonial Heights scored twice in the first quarter, feeding the Dragons a steady diet of quarterback keepers. Colonials QB Jaden Newby seemed unstoppable. The senior ran the ball six straight times and scored within the first two minutes of the contest.

After the Dragons’ opening drive stalled at the Colonials 33-yard line, Newby went to the air and the visitors scored again on a 55-yard pass play with 4:27 left in the opening stanza. But the Dragons were undeterred and after an extended drive, scored six points when Tomar Logan darted into the end zone from the 1-yard line, cutting the Colonials’ lead to 16-6.

After the teams traded possession a few times, the Colonials scored another touchdown thanks to a seven-yard scamper by running back Benjamin Holmes. The extra point attempt failed, giving the visitors a 22-6 lead as the teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime.

The Dragons received the kickoff to begin the second half and started at their own 35. After one positive running play and a personal foul penalty called on the Dragons, Park View was facing third-and-15 situation at their own 30-yard line. Tomar Logan took the handoff from QB Deandre Watson, squirted through an opening off the right tackle and broke free for a 70-yard gallop into the end zone. The two-point conversion was good and the Dragons found themselves trailing by just eight, 22-14, with 10:45 left to play in the third quarter.

The Dragons tied the game at 22-all with 5:38 left in the game when Park View’s Timothy Alexander broke another big run for a TD. Alexander showed a degree of power, shedding tacklers in the defensive backfield and breaking free for a 50-yard TD run. Watson then tossed a pass to Logan in the flat and Logan juked his way through the defense to complete the two-point conversion and tie the game at 28-28.

Colonial Heights threatened to seal the win by advancing all the way to the PV 10-yard line, but the Park View defense stood tall and stopped the Colonials on a fourth-and-7 play from the 10 with six seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime.

Overtime consisted of each team getting the ball at the opponent’s 10-yard line with four downs to score. After winning the coin flip, Park View elected to take possession first and scored easily when Logan took a pitch around the right side of the Colonials’ defense for a 10-yard TD run.

After the Colonials scored on their first play of their possession, the PV defense once again stood tall and stopped the two-point conversion attempt, forcing a second overtime with the score knotted at 34-34.

Park View once again got the ball first in the second overtime and running back Tylik Minor put his team in position to score with a couple of solid runs, staking the Dragons to a third down possession at the 1-yard line. But the Colonials defense stuffed the next two attempts by the Dragons, and then the Colonials regained possession needing just 10 yards to score the winning touchdown.

On third and 4, that’s exactly what happened as Colonials RB Benjamin Holmes took a handoff and found a hole in the PV defense for the game winner.

A disappointed yet pleased PV head coach Tony Whittingham Jr. said afterward, “I couldn’t ask for any more out of these kids. They really played for us tonight.

“We’re young, no excuses, but we’ll keep working with them and if we keep working hard and doing what we did tonight I think we’ll have a successful season.”

Next up for Park View is a visit to South Boston Friday to face Halifax County High School. The Dragons will hit the road again on Sept. 24, traveling to Southampton (0-1) to open Tri-Rivers District play against the Indians.

The next Park View home game will take place on Oct. 1 with Franklin in a TRD matchup.

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