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Park View falls to York in region first round

South Boston News / November 14, 2018
After surrendering the first score and falling behind by as many as 11 points, the Park View Dragons put forth a valiant effort to close to within three points, but they couldn’t finish the deal Friday night in losing to the York Falcons 17-14 in the first round of the VHSL Class 3A East Region playoffs.

Following the opening kickoff, the Falcon running game appeared to be hitting on all cylinders as York picked up two first downs with long gainers by the running duo of J. Cassidy and J. Flood-Brown. The third play from scrimmage went the Dragons’ way, however, as the ball popped out of the Falcon running back’s hands and the Dragons were able to recover. It was an omen that seemed to portend good things as Park View took over first and 10 on their own 27-yard line.

After running the ball seven times in a row and taking advantage of a Falcon penalty, the Dragons had the ball with a second and 9 at the York 24-yard line. Dragon senior QB Joshua Jones dropped back and hit a wide-open RaSean Coates at the York 1-yard line. Unfortunately, there was a flag on the play and the pass was called back for an ineligible receiver downfield. The drive would then stall and Park View turned the ball over to York on downs at the Falcon 28.

The Falcons would use an effective ground game to move deep into Dragon territory. With 2:41 left in the first quarter, York junior QB Luke Gatz bulled his way into the end zone from two yards out for the first points of the game. The PAT was good and with just over nine minutes gone in the game, York led 7-0.

The next Park View drive ended when a Dragon running back had the ball punched out from behind and the Falcons recovered to take over on their own 18-yard line. As the second quarter began, York running back John Cassidy carried the ball six times up to midfield and then down into Dragon territory. After a flag for delay of game, the Falcons found themselves with first and 10 at the Park View 25 where the Dragon defense would stiffen and Park View would take over on downs.

On the Dragons’ ensuing drive, Jones delivered a strike to Kion Gilliam for a 20 yard gain and a first down. It was the start a long drive that would result in the Dragons’ first score of the game. With the ball on the York 1-yard line, Jones called his own number and forced his way into the end zone behind a determined effort by the offensive line. The PAT failed and with 3:16 left in the half Park View trailed 7-6.

On the ensuing kickoff Falcon junior kick returner Jayden Flood-Brown fielded Adam Crabel’s kick near the York 25-yard line and ran to his right where he found a seam and beat the Dragons for a 75-yard TD return. The PAT sailed through the uprights and York found themselves in possession of a 14-6 lead as the half came to a close.

The Dragons received the kick to open the second half. Beset by penalties and mistakes, Park View lost possession on a fumble and the Falcons recovered with five minutes expired in the third.

The Falcons moved smartly into the Dragons’ red zone but after a false start penalty forced them into a fourth and 9 at the Dragon 10, York had to settle for a field goal that would ultimately be the difference in the game.

After a series of back-and-forth possessions with no scoring, Park View lined up with first and 10 at midfield. On the first play from scrimmage, the York defense penetrated into the backfield and dropped Coates for a loss. Facing second and long, Jones hit Dragon RB T. J. House for a five yarder to get back to the original line of scrimmage.

The Dragons would attempt another pass play and it appeared that Jones was going to be sacked by York defenders. He avoided the pressure, however, and scrambling to his right found an opening. Jones made two Falcon defenders miss as he scampered 50 yards into the end zone for a Dragon TD.

The 2-point conversion was good as R. Coates took a direct snap and crossed the goal line practically untouched. So, with 4:07 left in the game, the Dragons trailed by a field goal, 17-14.

After Adam Crabel’s onside kick failed to produce the result the Dragon faithful were hoping for, the Falcons were able to gain a couple of first downs, maintain possession and run out the clock to seal the victory.

With the loss, the Dragons ended what has been a very respectable season with an 8-3 record. With the victory, the Falcons will move on to face the winner of the Phoebus/New Kent first round East Region contest.

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