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SoVaNow.com / November 28, 2012Park View’s playoff run came to an end Friday in Fredericksburg as the Dragons lost to James Monroe, 36-0, in the Region One championship game.
Park View, fresh off a huge road victory over Lafayette in the regional semifinals, traveled to Maury Stadium and gave James Monroe a tough fight, but a key turning point in the game came just before the first half ended. Down 6-0 with less than two minutes left to play before halftime, the Dragons had the ball at midfield but coughed up an interception to Yellow Jackets’ linebacker Sean Bates. Bates nabbed Dragon quarterback Brett Cliborne’s pass and raced 49 yards downfield into the end zone, giving James Monroe a 12-0 lead with 1:25 on the clock. After the two-point conversion try failed, that’s how the score stood at the break.
James Monroe’s momentum carried over into the second half as the Jackets broke loose for three touchdowns and a field goal against the sturdy Park View defense, which spent long stretches on the field. The Dragons struggled on offense, tallying only 174 yards on the day. Park View had a decided size advantage over their Battlefield District opponent, but the Yellow Jackets proved to be a fast and physical foe.
With the Dragons clearly wearing down in the third quarter James Monroe scored on a 52-yard reverse by Darryl Dyson, a seven-yard TD pass to cap a sustained drive, and a 41-yard fumble return by linebacker Tony Scott. That last touchdown put James Monroe ahead 33-0 just before the fourth quarter. The Jackets’ final score was a fourth quarter field goal to make the final 36-0.
The game did see the return of Dragon running back Jason Baskerville, who has missed out on a good part of the season with injuries. The All-District back led Park View with 58 yards on nine carries, followed by James Brown with six carries for 26 yards. Terry Pettus tallied 17 yards on the ground, Nigel Stanley had 16, and an assortment of other Dragon ball carriers accounted for the rest of Park View’s 133 rushing yards.
The Dragons struggled to move the ball in the air, with Cliborne finishing the day with 3-of-12 completions for 41 yards and two interceptions. Geo Feggins caught a pass for 27 yards, James Brown had one reception for 10 yards, and Noo Noo Patterson had the other catch, for four yards.
Park View managed only seven first downs against the Yellow Jackets, who have won the Region One championship three times in the past five years. James Monroe (11-1) will move on to play Kettle Run in the Group AA, Division 3 semifinals this Saturday. The winner will advance to the state title game.
The Dragons end their season with a 9-3 record and their first victory in region postseason competition in memory after last week’s upset win over Lafayette in Williamsburg.
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