Prince George Outlasts Clover Hill in Opener
By STAFF REPORTS
Sep 10, 2012, 12:43
Prince George senior Chris Henry scored the go-ahead touchdown against Clover Hill on Friday (file photo).
Touchdowns from Prince George seniors Chris Henry and Bailey Williams offset a first-quarter strike from Clover Hill quarterback Bobby Fulp, giving the Royals a 14-7 victory in their season opener on Friday in Prince George.
Junior quarterback Kameron Smith completed six of 13 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in his debut for the Royals.
Henry, a running back, led the home team on the ground with 64 yards. In all, five players amassed 110 rushing yards for Prince George.
The Cavaliers did not complete a pass in the game, opting instead for a run-heavy attack that yielded 193 yards. But the visitors were plagued by three fumbles, and their offensive production stalled in the second half.
In contrast, Henry gained the lion’s share of his yardage after the intermission to help the Royals control the tempo.
His 20-yard scoring scamper with 9:12 remaining in the third quarter gave Prince George a lead it never relinquished.
Bailey’s touchdown, a 49-yard reception, tied the game at 7-7 with 10:31 remaining in the second quarter. Clover Hill threatened to draw level late in the fourth quarter, but the Prince George defense stiffened on its own 17-yard line to preserve the victory.
The Royals stopped a run from A.J. Fox at the line of scrimmage on fourth and two, allowing Smith to take a knee with 29 seconds remaining.
The win moved the Royals to 1-0 for the first time since 2007.
Prince George will play host to Thomas Jefferson on Friday while Clover Hill will face off with another Central District foe in Matoaca.
CH – Fulp 24 run (Deshane kick) 9:30
PG – Bailey 49 pass from Smith (Smith kick) 10:31
PG – Henry 20 run (Smith kick) 9:12
Central District scores:
Varina 14, Dinwiddie 7
Manchester 45, Matoaca 30
Highland Springs 48, Meadowbrook 28
Petersburg 29, Huguenot 16
Correspondent Kevin Harris contributed to this report