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Park View gets taste of first competition of 2021

SoVaNow.com / August 18, 2021
The 2021 Park View football team got its first test Thursday night when the Dragons visited Central High School in Lunenburg County for a scrimmage. While there were some positives for the Dragons, the contest revealed key areas where the team needs to improve.

With temperatures hovering in the mid-80s and the heat index over 94 degrees, the start time for the scrimmage was moved back from the scheduled 6 p.m. start time to 8 p.m.

The scrimmage format consisted of each team getting the ball at their own 30-yard line and having ten plays to try and reach the end zone. Turnovers did not result in a change of possession, but if the offense did turn the ball over they were forced to restart at the 30-yard line.

Offensively the Dragons weren’t able to score but there were some big plays executed and the team showed the ability to move the ball with their running game. Park View attempted just two passes with one falling incomplete and one being intercepted.

Defensively, the Dragons allowed the Chargers to score on their first possession due to early jitters and missed assignments. After that the defense settled down and played well until the Chargers scored again late when they got a player into the secondary and he was able to make some Dragon defenders miss and scampered 40 yards for a TD. The Dragons forced and recovered a pair of Charger fumbles and intercepted one Central High pass.

Coach Tony Whittingham said the team needs work but he was satisfied overall with the scrimmage performance.

“For the first time in pads, against a quality program, I felt like we held our own. It has been extremely hot all week and we have been practicing in shorts and tee shirts. This is the week we were supposed to put equipment on but the heat just didn’t allow it. Are we where we need to be? No. Do we need to improve? Yes. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Asked about potential starters who will fill key roles, Whittingham said, “We haven’t started to think about that yet. We’re still trying to put the pieces together and we’re working with the kids mentally.”

Despite the uncertainty with the Dragon lineup, Whittingham said he’s eager to head into the King of the County game with Bluestone on Aug. 27, the season opener for both county teams. “Forty years ago [as a player] I looked forward to the Bluestone game and I still do. It’s always an opportunity for both teams to come out and play well”

Park View will travel to Bluestone High to face the Barons in the last King of the County game before the schools come together at the new Mecklenburg County High School complex in Baskerville. After the Aug. 27 opener, the Dragons have a bye week before they play Colonial Heights on Sept. 10 in the home opener in South Hill. The balance of the schedule is as follows:

Sept. 17 – at Halifax

Sept. 24 – at Southampton

Oct. 1 – Franklin

Oct. 8 – at Greensville

Oct. 15 – Sussex (Homecoming)

Oct. 22 – Brunswick

Oct. 29 – at Surry

Nov. 5 – Windsor

All games start at 7 p.m.





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