Decorated Generals Rout Royals
By KEVIN HARRIS, Correspondent
Oct 2, 2012, 17:07
Prince George quarterback Kameron Smith surveys the field in a game against John Marshall on Sept. 21 (file photo).
PRINCE GEORGE — The Prince George and Dinwiddie football teams both entered Friday’s Central District contest in dire need of a win.
The Royals came in sporting a 2-1 record but looking to bounce back from a shutout loss to John Marshall in Week 3. The visiting Generals came limping in at 1-2 after sustaining back-to-back losses to Varina and Highland Springs.
When the final whistle blew, the Generals left with the spoils and a 48-8 road victory.
From the time of the opening kickoff, there was no doubt which team was in control. Dinwiddie capped its opening drive with an eight-yard touchdown run by Darius Johnson. After that, the Generals were able to force a turnover on the Royals’ first offensive possession of the game.
Dinwiddie added three more touchdowns on the ground before the end of the half. A one-yard run from Rashard Hicks and scoring scampers of 34 and 35 yards by Sedarius Williams made it 28-0.
Prince George lineman Trevor Bembry put the Royals on the board with an interception return for a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the half.
That effort proved to be the only time all night the Royals would hit paydirt. Dinwiddie limited the home team to 23 yards of total offense in the first two quarters.
The second half was also all Dinwiddie. Williams picked up his third rushing touchdown of the day on a one-yard run and quarterback Ronald Kearney ran in from 15 yards out. Kearney also added a second-half touchdown pass from eight yards out to Wesley Reed.
Meanwhile, Prince George continued to have problems moving the ball against the Dinwiddie defense. The Royals finished the game with 90 yards of offense.
In contrast, Kearney accounted for 371 total yards by his lonesome.
He went 15-for-21 for 210 yards and a touchdown through the air and also picked up 161 yards on nine carries. Kearney credited his defense’s work in practice for laying the foundation for his outstanding performance.
“We practice against the defense each and every week,” Kearney said. “They show us the looks and we come out here on Friday and it is a lot easier.”
After a 21-7 loss to Varina and a 28-26 loss to Highland Springs, Dinwiddie rebounded convincingly on both sides of the ball against Prince George.
The Generals have a young team that will only lose five seniors at season’s end. Dinwiddie coach Billy Mills says the squad needs to learn how to win tight ball games.
“I know last week the pressure got to us a little bit in that big-game atmosphere,” Mills said. “We are going to have to go through growing pains and learn how to win games like that.”
Kearney is new to the starting quarterback role, but according to Mills he has stepped into the position with a great attitude.
“The past two weeks he is coming into his own. He is very resilient, the guys love him and rally around him,” Mills said. “He is a great leader on the field.”
Both the Generals and the Royals now boast 2-2 records. Dinwiddie will look to make it back-to-back wins as they play host to Meadowbrook, a 56-28 winner over Hopewell in Week 4, on Friday.
Prince George will look to return to its winning ways in a road outing against Petersburg on the same day.