Royals Blank Vikings, Move to 2-0
By KEVIN HARRIS, Correspondent
Sep 17, 2012, 13:58
The Prince George High School football team breaks a huddle after a preseason practice last month. Prince George defeated Thomas Jefferson on Friday to remain unbeaten (file photo).
PRINCE GEORGE — The Prince George High School football team continued its winning ways on Friday by defeating Thomas Jefferson 21-0 in Prince George.
The win moved the Royals to 2-0 for the first time since 2007 while the Vikings fell to 1-2 on the season. With the loss, the Vikings have now dropped 43 of their last 44 games.
Montae Bradshaw opened the scoring for the Royals with a 56-yard touchdown run 5:02 into the game and the Royals never looked back. Chris Henry ran in from 11 yards out for the second touchdown of the game, his second of the season.
Drew Kennedy put the game out of reach with a 15-yard scamper halfway through the fourth quarter. Henry ran in the two-point conversion to provide the final margin.
The Royals picked up 311 yards on offense, the bulk of which came on the ground. The home team racked up 275 yards on 32 carries.
Henry led all rushers with 15 carries for 100 yards. Junior quarterback Kameron Smith completed three of eight passes for 45 yards. The Royals ground attack has been big this season, averaging 192 yards rushing through two games.
Prince George coach Bruce Carroll cited the Royals’ ability to block into the second level of the defense as the reason for Friday’s success against the Vikings.
“We were not getting to the second level early in the game,” Carroll said. “But we got a better vertical push and the [offensive] line got off the ball well in the second half.”
The home team’s defense also played a big part in the win. In addition to posting their first shutout of the year, the Royals gave up only 89 yards – all of which came on the ground. Linebackers Kyle Poweroznik and Caleb Johnson led the Royals in tackles with 10 and eight, respectively.
While the Royals only brought down Thomas Jefferson quarterback Dyshawn Simpson for one sack, their presence was still felt in the backfield. Prince George got behind the line of scrimmage and recorded eight tackles for losses.
Through two games, the Royals have conceded two pass completions.
“We are getting more guys to the football and playing with a little bit of an edge,” Carroll said. “We are taking pride in that.”
On special teams, the Royals came out with a bit of a different game plan. Every kickoff was an onside kick. Carroll attributed that decision to the fact that they were simply trying some things out, and said his confidence in the defense allowed him that luxury.
Smith, who handles the kicking duties, had two big punts of 45 and 43 yards that dealt the Vikings unfavorable field position on key drives.
Prince George will look to continue its hot streak on Friday against John Marshall. Thomas Jefferson, which snapped a 41-game losing streak against Colonial Heights in Week 1, will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses against Tucker on the same day.