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Junior Dragon running back Josh Boyd provided plenty of spark for Park View, rushing for over 200 yard but it wasn’t enough. Greensville County defeated Park View 44-7 in Emporia Friday night. / October 09, 2019
The Park View Dragon defense had to be fed up seeing Greensville Eagle running back Kendel Blue get the ball Friday night. Blue, listed a 5’10” 162-pound sophomore, rushed for well over 200 yards in the Eagles’ rout of the Dragons in Emporia. Park View (3-2) fell 44-8 to the Eagles (3-2).

Park View, looking to improve upon their 3-1 record, won the toss and elected to receive. Their first drive stalled after a first down run was called back for a penalty flag, the first of many. The Dragons were then forced to punt the ball away.

Greensville took possession on their own 20-yard line and wasted no time putting points on the board. On the third play of the drive, Blue broke through the Park View defense and was off to the races for a 74 yard TD run.

The Greensville running back then took the handoff and squirted into the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving Greensville an early 8-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive Park View was able to generate some offense, including gains of 23 and 21 yards by Dragon running back Josh Boyd. But on the first and goal at the Greensville 8, the exchange between the PV center and the quarterback was muffed and Greensville recovered the fumble, stopping Park View on the doorstep of a TD.

After the turnover, the Eagles fed the Dragons a steady diet of K. Blue charging out of the backfield. He carried four straight times for positive yardage and then the fifth play went to K. Sykes, Greensville’s fullback, who rumbled for 24 yards.

After a bad snap sent Greensville back 20 yards, they were forced to punt with time running out in the first quarter.

Park View received the punt and almost immediately fumbled the ball back to the Eagles at the Park View 46. Blue once again punished the PV defense with gains of 13, 4 and 25 yards to the PV 15 as the first quarter ended.

A little more than a minute later, Sykes scored from the one-yard line, giving Greensville a 16-0 lead.

Park View’s next possession included a 52-yard run by Boyd, who was brought down at the Greensville 22 yard line. But the drive was also beset with three penalty flags and three plays for a loss before the Dragons turned the ball over on downs at the Greensville 12 yard line.

The Eagles kept the ball on the ground for the first five plays of the next drive before going to the air for an eight-yard pass completion.

Two plays later Eagle quarterback J. White hooked up with tight end L. Peebles for a 39-yard touchdown, giving Greensville a 22-0 lead.

On the next drive Park View got their only score when Boyd broke free for a 59-yard scamper into the Greensville end zone. The PAT was good and the Dragons were on the board, 22-7.

The Eagles had an answer, however, and with 41 seconds left in the half they scored on another TD pass, this one from White to Z. Fields, giving Greensville a 28-7 lead.

The lead wouldn’t change before the half but there were still a few anxious moments. Park View, looking for anything positive before heading into the locker room, threw a pass that was nearly picked off.

The Dragons went to the air again and this time the pass was picked off, giving the Eagles the ball at the Greensville 48 yard line. The Eagles were looking to pad their lead when Dragon linebacker L. Joyner intercepted a pass as time expired.

Park View kicked off to start the second half and K. Blue went immediately to work, running the ball five of the first six plays and racking up 29 yards to go over 200 for the night. Greensville’s drive would stall at the Park View 7 yard line when the Dragons took over on downs.

The Dragons were only able to advance to the 23 before being forced to punt.

The next Eagle drive ended at the PV 10 when a pitch out to the running back went awry and Park View jumped on the loose ball.

PV couldn’t get going and then their punt was partially blocked, giving the ball back to Greensville with excellent field position at the PV 24 yard line.

It only took Blue two runs to get into the end zone and after the two-point try succeeded Greensville led 36-7.

Park View continued to struggle on offense and Greensville tacked on one more score in the fourth quarter and took the victory by a final score of 44-7.

With the loss, the Dragons fell to 3-2 and will next play host to the Sussex Central Tigers this Friday, Oct. 11 for Homecoming.

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