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Short-handed Dragons walloped, 41-6
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013
A depleted Park View Dragons football team played Brunswick on Friday night and the Bulldogs took a big bite out of their hosts, winning the game 41-6.
Brunswick was up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and led 34-0 at halftime. Brunswick added one more score in the second half.
Park View’s lone TD came on the last play of the game when Brett Cliborne threw a touchdown pass to Letavious (Noo-Noo) Patterson.
The Dragons were playing shorthanded as six key players were still on suspension following last week’s sideline brawl with Sussex during Homecoming.
About a half-dozen players were moved up from the jayvee team to help out on Friday, but the freshman and sophomores just didn’t have the experience or physical strength to control a high-powered Bulldog team.
Park View head coach Kelvin Hutcheson said Brunswick was just too much for the Dragons to handle on Friday.
“We played a fast and tough Brunswick team on Friday night that was deep on both sides of the ball,” Hutcheson said. “Their kids only played one way either offense or defense. They wore us down by having to play mainly freshmen and sophomores.”
The coach added he was sorry the Dragons couldn’t provide those in attendance with a more competitive game. He also noted that the team would be missing some players again this week.
“We will be without six players this week as we go on the road to play Surry,” he said.
Julia McInturf, athletic director at Park View, had very limited comments regarding the situation in the wake of the Sussex incident, other than to say the matter has been resolved.
“We have gotten things straight and I feel we were treated very fair by the VHSL,” McInturf said. “Other than that, we have no more comments.”
PV jayvees hammered by Brunswick
The jayvee Dragons traveled to Brunswick on Thursday night and got pummeled by a score of 58-14. The loss was the worst of the year for the team.
Jayvee coach Bruce Cliborne said due to the jayvee players being moved up to the varsity team, the team was working with limited personnel.
“We played with a skeleton-crew that played a [Brunswick] team that was at least one deep at almost every position. They jumped on us early and once we gave up a defensive TD things just went down from there.”
Cliborne said he was still happy with the effort the team put forth, but Brunswick was just too good to face shorthanded.
The coach noted there were some bright spots in the game. Christian Gwen, who started at quarterback for the first time, performed reasonably well and threw a TD pass to returning receiver Gage Clary.
Clary has been out for approximately three weeks with a fractured finger.
Cliborne said that though they lost the game, several players stepped up their level of play.
Cliborne noted that the Dragon jayvees would be limited again this week, as the suspensions would go on for “two solid weeks.”
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