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Park View routs Indians, solidify playoff spot

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Tamarion Thomas looks for the goal line in Park View’s victory over visiting Southampton Thursday evening at PVHS. (Steve Hinzman photos) / October 31, 2018
Playing solid defense, Park View took advantage of their opponent’s miscues and put together a strong running game to defeat Southampton 48-8 Thursday night at Dragon Stadium in South Hill. The game was moved up a day to Thursday to avoid the heavy rainfall that was in the forecast.

It was Park View’s third game in seven days yet the Dragons looked fresh, strong and well-rested as they were able to use a fierce rushing attack to upend the Indians. The Dragons scored early and often and with just two minutes gone in the second quarter held a 20-0 lead.

With 6:33 left in the first half, Dragon QB Joshua Jones threw a strike to WR Jaison Dugger for a 42-yard touchdown and after the PAT failed the Dragons were up 26-0. Three minutes and 33 seconds later, the Dragons scored again after first recovering an Indian fumble. This time, Dragon junior RB RaSean Coates ran over a Southampton linebacker for a 7-yard TD.

Dragon senior QB J. Jones then called his own number to score the two-point conversion, putting Park View up 34-0 as the half ended.

Southampton kicked off to the Dragons to start the second half and Park View mounted a strong 65-yard drive behind the power running of senior running back Tiyshoune Thomas, who carried the ball six times for a total of 39 yards on the drive. Coates capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, once again punishing defenders who attempted to tackle him. With 7:37 left in the third quarter, the Dragons were up 41-0 and the running clock was activated.

On the next Indian play from scrimmage, disaster struck as the Southampton running back lost the handle and fumbled the ball near the 50-yard line. Tiyshoune Thomas, playing defense as well as offense, scooped it up and sprinted to the Southampton 25 only to see his long gainer called back for a Dragon penalty.

Park View retained possession, however, and a few moments later the Dragons scored again. This time it was second string QB Adam Crabel who scored on a sneak from the Indian one-yard line. He then kicked the PAT to put the Dragons up 48-0.

Southampton would finally get on the board with just seconds left on the clock as the Park View coaching staff took the opportunity to get some valuable experience for their underclassmen.

With the 48-8 victory, Park View moves to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in Tri-Rivers District play. The Dragons also solidified a playoff berth in the Class 3 East Regional playoffs. Park View will travel to Windsor on Friday night to visit the 2-7 Dukes for their final regular season game before postseason play begins.

The Dragon seniors on the team were honored before the game, as this will likely be the last home game they will play. Seniors honored were: T. J. House, Marcus Schanewolf, George Brown, Jaylen Frost, Jhalil Shamburger, Tyler Smith, Kion Gilliam, Austin Michael, Tiyshoune Thomas, Jaison Dugger, Kevin Taylor, Hunter Pulley and Joshua Jones.

Afterwards Dragons head coach Tony Whittingham said, “We’ve been working really hard to try and close out games and I think we’ve been doing a better job of that.

“There seems to be some level of progression,” he continued. “Defensively I thought we played pretty good against [Southampton], I mean they’re a good team.”

When asked about playoff seeding, the coach said, “I think we’re a six seed and if everything kind of stays the way it is, we’ll probably face Booker T. Washington High in the first round.” Booker T. Washington High School is located in Norfolk.

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