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PV running back Tiyshoune Thomas carries the ball across the goal line for a TD. (Steve Hinzman photo) / November 08, 2017

The winless Dukes of Windsor High School traveled to South Hill Friday night for their final game of the season, looking at least to mount a solid performance to build on over the offseason.

The Dragon varsity football team had other ideas.

Coming off a big upset of Southampton on Oct. 27 to clinch a region playoff bid, the Dragons showed no sign of a letdown as they demolished Windsor 81-12. With the Senior Night win in front of an appreciative crowd, Park View finished the regular season with a 7-3 record. Windsor ended the year 0-10.

The Dragons put up an early and overwhelming show force against the hapless Dukes, taking a 35-0 lead before the first quarter was over. The only real highlight for Windsor came on the opening kickoff, an onside kick that the Dukes recovered. However, they soon fumbled the ball away and Park View had possession, and with that the Dragons were off to the races.

Park View’s first touchdown came via the air, as Jaison Dugger caught a pass and rumbled 40 yards for the score. PV then lined up for the extra point kick, but the snap was fumbled. Somehow the holder got the ball in position and kicker Brandon Vaughn booted it through the uprights to bring the score to 7-0 with mere moments gone in the first quarter.

Park View’s second score came on a 50-yard run by Ra’Sean Coates, the first of many touchdowns from the rushing attack. The PAT attempt was no good, making the score 13-0. After Windsor stalled on the next possession, Park View took control again and this time it was German Neville with the long run to set up a TD. With the Dragons near midfield, Neville swung right around the Windsor line and broke free for a 50-yard run to the five yard line. On the next play he would carry the ball into the end zone for a 21-0 lead after the two-point conversion was good.

Park View got two more touchdowns before the first quarter was over: after the Dukes fumbled at their own 26, a few plays later Park View’s T.J. House ripped off a 20-yard run to put the ball at the Windsor seven yard line. German Neville carried the ball through the middle of the Windsor line for a TD on the next play, making the score 27-0. Park View’s final touchdown of the frame came moments later, after Park View regained possession. German Neville took a handoff over right tackle and broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run. He followed that up with a 3-yard carry for the two-point conversion, making the score 35-0 at the end of the first.

Matters didn’t get any better for Windsor in the second quarter as PV would go on to score five more touchdowns, making the score 63-0 at the halftime break.

The PV touchdowns either were set up by long runs — such as a German Neville 60-yard gain to the three yard line — or came directly on big yardage plays, such as Ra’Sean Coates’ 35-yard TD jaunt to make the score 49-0 with 8:05 still left to play in the second quarter. By this point in the game, the thought occurred that Park View might need a third digit on the scoreboard to keep up with the game total.

Park View went up 57-0 on another rushing TD by Neville, then Tiyshoune Thomas got into the act and carried the ball 75 yards for the final score of the half. Coach Kelvin Hutcheson instructed his team to take a knee on the two-point conversion, making the score 63-0 with a 1:52 left in the half. Mercifully the first half ended without another PV score and the teams headed to the locker rooms with the outcome long decided.

The second half saw the Dragons making liberal use of their bench to give younger members of the team some playing time. Windsor continued to have trouble holding together, as evidenced by the Dukes’ opening possession — a three-and-out in which the Dragons partially blocked the punt, recovered the loose ball and scampered into the end zone for a 69-0 lead. Windsor’s frustration broke through and one of its players was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, assessed on the kickoff. The Dragons took a knee on the conversion and the score remained 69-0.

Windsor finally hot on the scoreboard when the Dragons fumbled a pitchout on their next series and a Dukes defender scooped up the ball and ran it 60 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 69-6.

On the kickoff, T.J. House fielded the ball for Park View, found a gap and bolted 75 yards for yet another touchdown and a 75-6 lead.

Windsor would go on to mount its only sustained offensive possession of the game, leading to the team’s second TD early in the fourth quarter. Key plays included a 40-yard run by a Dukes ball carrier, a nifty pass play on a 4th-and-2 situation that netted a first down, and the well-executed quarterback draw that fooled the Dragon defense and gave Windsor a 10-yard touchdown on a fourth down play in the red zone. The extra point try failed, making the score 75-12.

Park View’s final touchdown of the night came after an impressive run by Josh Boyd, who carried the ball about 50 yards despite having two or three Dukes defenders hanging on him by the end. With the ball at the 5-yard line, junior running back Kevin Taylor got the call and carried the ball up the middle for the score. The Dragons once again took a knee on the conversion, ending the scoring at 81-12.

After the game Coach Hutcheson stated, “This was a good win. You always want to take a win, especially on Senior Night. We wanted to honor our seniors and stay sharp going into the playoffs, that’s the main thing we wanted to do.

“We got the chance to play some of our younger players to get them some experience. I’m proud of these guys. We’ve come a long way, a young team, a lot of people counted us out but the coaches kept believing in them, working with them, and we knew they were going to turn the corner and they have. We are going into the playoffs strong,” Hutcheson added.

He went on to laud the efforts of some of the younger players: “Josh Boyd, a freshman, he carried the ball four or five times and did some great things for us, and some of our lineman, Cameron Soloman, he has never played before, he made a tackle on a kickoff and blocked well, Noah O’Quinn played well, A.J. Bugg, a sophomore third string kicker got a chance to kick off for us … We’re a young team and we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

Park View will travel to York High School on Friday to play in the first round of the Class 3, Region A playoffs. The Dragons are seeded sixth in the field and York, with an identical 7-3 regular season record, is seeded third. The top-seeded team in the region is undefeated Phoebus, 10-0.

The only other Tri-Rivers District team in the Class 3 playoffs is Southampton, the #5 seed with a 7-3 record. In the Class 2 playoffs, Tri-Rivers rival Greensville is seeded third in the eight-team Region 8 field. Brunswick is the #8 seed after finishing the season with a 3-7 record. The Bulldogs face top-seeded Goochland, 10-0, in the opening playoff round.

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