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Park View’s faint postseason hopes dashed with 28-15 loss Friday to Southampton / November 06, 2019
Going into their game at Southampton Friday night, the Park View Dragons had only a slim chance of making the 2019 VHSL Class 3 East Region playoffs. By game’s end, their hopes were gone entirely.

The Dragons lost to the Indians, 28-15, to fall to 4-5, 2-4 Tri-Rivers District. With the win Southampton keeps its hopes for a playoff spot alive, but the Indians, currently tied for an eighth seed in the region with Petersburg, will need help.

Defending their home turf, the Indians won the toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving Park View first possession. The Dragons started with good field position on their own 40 yard line but weren’t able to move the ball. Park View went four-and-out and punted the ball away.

The Indians started their first drive at their own 36 yard line and marched steadily down the field behind a strong running game. Indian junior D. McDonald started it off with three runs for positive yardage. Southampton running back S. Jarrett, a senior, then took over running the ball on three of the next four plays, gaining 10 yards each time.

After a holding call sent Southampton back to the PV 15, Jarrett picked up nine yards to the six yard line, five more yards to the PV 1, but then the Indians were stopped on third and goal by the Dragon “D.” Facing fourth and goal from the 1 yard line, the Southampton offensive line pushed far enough for Indian quarterback V. Jarrett to get the ball over the end line for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and Southampton had a 6-0 lead with 2:51 left in the first.

Park View’s next drive would prove to be one of their best of the night, albeit with no points to show for the effort. Starting from the Dragon 32, Park View marched smartly to mid-field. Then on third and 8 from the Southampton 48, junior QB Josh Boyd hit L’Anthony Joyner for a 35-yard strike to the Indians’ 13 yard line. Park View would get the ball down to the two yard line but couldn’t punch it in and turned the ball over to the Indians on downs.

After the change of possession, the football gods smiled on PV as the Indians fumbled the ball in the Southampton backfield and PV recovered it for a Dragon TD. Adam Crabel kicked the extra point and PV took the lead 7-6.

It was the first and only time Park View was ahead in the game.

On the ensuing drive the Indians started on their own 33 yard line and continued to pound Park View with the running game. The highlight of the drive was a 35-yard scamper by Indian sophomore J. Reid to the PV 10 where the ball was spotted first and goal. Three plays later, Southampton ball carrier D. Miles squirted into the end zone from the three yard line for the second Southampton TD. The two-point conversion, a tricky little pass out of a Power “I” formation, was good and the Indians had the 14-7 lead with 5:44 left in the first half.

The next Park View drive ended in disappointment. The Dragons had advanced the ball to the Southampton 46 yard line when Boyd hit receiver Dontavious Wilson on a slant pass. Wilson was adding yards to the play when he took a hard lick and coughed up the ball. The Indians pounced on the loose ball and took possession.

Southampton managed the clock very well and with just 1:10 left in the half scored their third TD from the Park View 20. The Park View defense stuffed the two-point try and Southampton took a 20-7 lead to the half.

The third quarter and most of the fourth proved to be a defensive showcase for both teams. Southampton’s first drive ended at the PV 25 yard line when the Indians turned the ball over on downs.

Park View couldn’t capitalize as the Indian defense put a halt to the Dragon drive at the Indian 35 where the Dragons gave the ball back to Southampton on downs.

This time the Indians completed the deal, moving the ball 65 yards on nine plays to score their fourth TD midway through the fourth quarter. Indian running back D. McDonald got the TD and the two-point try was good, putting Park View behind 28-7.

The teams then exchanged punts and Park View got the ball back for the final time with 3:14 left in the game. Starting at their own 36, the Dragons stumbled a bit at first as a holding penalty set them back to the PV 20. After a short gain on second and 22, Boyd hit Nicholas Moody for a 28-yard strike to midfield. Boyd dropped back to pass two plays later and was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled for 35 yards to the Southampton 15 yard line. Dropping back to pass yet again, Boyd found L’Anthony Joyner for a 15-yard TD strike with just 18 clicks left on the clock. The two-point try was good and the game ended with Park View taking the “L,” 28-15.

Prior to the game the Indians were locked in an eighth-place tie with Petersburg for the final playoff spot. Class 3 Petersburg was scheduled to play Class 4 Matoaca Friday and with the convoluted point system that the VHSL employs, a Petersburg loss to a larger school would garner similar points to the Southampton win over Class 3 Park View. The playoff picture will clear up next week when the final regular season games are played.

The Park View Dragons will host the Windsor Dukes this Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and celebrate Senior Night. The Friday night game was moved to Thursday due to the forecast of frigid weather Friday.

All senior night activities will take place on Thursday.

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