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Park View loses to Surry, dooming hopes for football playoffs / November 03, 2021
Park View football, playing on the road Thursday against Surry County, cranked up the offense but couldn’t overcome a plethora of penalties nor get enough stops on defense to keep the Cougars from pulling away to victory, 64-42.

The loss to Tri-Rivers District rival Surry dropped Park View to 1-5 on the season, effectively ending any hopes for postseason play in the Dragons’ last season before Park View and Bluestone are consolidated at Mecklenburg County High School next school year.

Thursday night’s TRD matchup got off to a fast start as both teams scored on their opening possessions and the first quarter ended up with the game tied at 6-6. Just 12 seconds into the second quarter, the Cougars scored when running back H. Kelly scampered 40 yards through the Dragon defense for a TD. The two-point conversion failed and Park View trailed 12-6.

The Dragons took possession at their own 40-yard line after the kickoff and marched straight down the field with Tomar Logan and Tylik Minor combing to get the ball to the Surry one-yard line. Dragon QB Deandre Watson finished the drive with a QB keeper to punch into the end zone. The game was tied at 12-12 after the two-point conversion failed.

The Dragons struck gold on the ensuing kickoff when the Cougars inexplicably failed to jump on the rolling kick. Park View recovered the ball and took possession at the Surry 26-yard line. Logan and Minor once again got the ball close to the goal line, and this time it was Tomar Logan taking it to the house from 10 yards out. The touchdown gave PV an 18-12 lead with 6:40 left in the first half.

Surry repaid the favor three minutes later when A. Tynes scored from 20 yards out to tie it up with 3:53 left. Once again, the point after attempt failed and the teams were tied at 18.

On the ensuing kickoff the Cougars recovered the ball after it was bobbled by Park View. Starting at the PV 40-yard line, the Cougars drove quickly downfield and scored with 1:06 left in the half. It looked as though Surry would take a 26-18 lead to the halftime break.

But the Dragons had other plans. T. Logan carried the ball for a 12-yard gain to the Surry 42 with 48 seconds left on the clock. Watson, at quarterback, carried the ball down to the Surry 37 and then with 36 seconds left he dropped back and threw a Hail Mary pass. Cougar defenders and Dragon receivers leapt for the pass, knocking the ball around among them, before a Dragon finally hauled it in for a touchdown. This time Park View’s two-point try worked and the teams ended the half tied at 26-26.

The second half started badly for the Dragons and went downhill from there. On their first possession the Dragons found themselves facing fourth-and-3 from their own 32-yard line and opted not to punt the ball away. The Cougars defense stopped T. Logan for a two-yard loss and the Surry offense took over with great field position.

Cougar QB A. Tynes took full advantage, rumbling 30 yards to the end zone for the TD. After the two-point conversion was successful Surry led 34-26.

The Dragons struck back quickly when T. Logan bolted around the end for a 60-yard touchdown run and once again the game was tied at 34-34.

The Cougars weren’t deterred and on the ensuing drive, running back D. Moody carried the ball 53 yards to the Park View 1-yard line. Surry scored on a QB keeper for a 42-34 lead.

The Cougars extended that margin on their next possession as Tynes broke through the PV defense for a 46-yard TD scamper, putting Surry up 50-34 with 9:34 left in the game.

On the next possession Park View fumbled away the ball deep in their own territory and the Cougars struck again with a 10-yard touchdown pass, giving the Cougars a 58-34 lead with 8:10 left to play in the game.

Things got a little chippy from there, and the Dragons were hit with a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties resulting in a pair of ejections. Dragon senior Dennis Alexander shook off the emotions of the moment and broke a big play, sprinting 44-yards to the house to cut into the Surry lead to 58-42.

Unfortunately, that proved to be all the points Park View could manage. Surry wasn’t finished, however, and with 1:10 left in the game Cougar senior RB H. Kelly broke free for a 90-yard TD run giving Surry a 64-42 lead.

Park View will play its last-ever home game this Friday night when the Dukes of Windsor High come to town. Fans, alumni, and Park View supporters are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Dragons as they try to end the season on a high note.

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