Crimson Wave Rally Past Royals
By KEVIN HARRIS, Correspondent
Oct 8, 2012, 12:03
Prince George senior Chris Henry, seen here during last month’s game against John Marshall, scored a touchdown against Petersburg on Friday (file photo).
PETERSBURG – Buoyed by a 27-0 run that spanned the second and third quarters, the Petersburg High School football team fended off Prince George to win 33-20 in a Central District game in Petersburg on Friday.
Prince George opened the game with a touch of trickery, opting for an onside kick that the visiting Royals were able to recover.
They quickly opened the scoring with a 28-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Kameron Smith to running back Chris Henry 93 seconds into the game.
Unfortunately for Prince George, the breakthrough would be the last time the team found the end zone until the fourth quarter.
The Royals were unable to capitalize on two fumbles recovered in Petersburg territory; both drives resulted in turnovers on downs.
Despite all the time the Royals spent in opposing territory, the score remained 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With 11:47 remaining in the half, Petersburg got on the board with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Khalid Morris to Markice Street. The remainder of the second quarter was relatively uneventful until Morris led a drive that culminated in a 54-yard touchdown pass to Quadree Walker with 13 seconds left in the half.
That score put the Crimson Wave on top 13-7 at the halftime break. Morris made sure the home team kept hold of the momentum when the two teams took the field in the third quarter, engineering two touchdowns in seven minutes.
One came on a 17-yard pass to Street and the other was a seven-yard run on a quarterback keeper. The two scoring plays extended the Petersburg lead to 27-7.
The Royals were able to right the ship in the fourth quarter with a five-yard pass from Smith to Dean Bascombe. They would score again with 1:11 remaining in the game on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Montae Bradshaw from Jerrod Reed, who was on to replace the injured Smith.
The late touchdown reduced the deficit to 27-20, but Street sealed the victory for the Crimson Wave with a 43-yard scamper in the final seconds.
Morris completed 12 of 24 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns and added 27 rushing yards on five carries.
“I executed all my plays and did what I had to do to win,” Morris said.
According to Petersburg coach Joshua Wallace, Morris, a sophomore, came into the game as the team’s third-string quarterback.
“Things fell into place for him and he took it and he just ran with it,” Wallace said. “To be a sophomore and be able to do that stuff – let us hope it gives him the confidence to be able to continue doing it.”
Petersburg (3-3 overall, 2-1 Central District) will look to win its third game on the trot against Matoaca on Friday.
“I know they are going to have some good players, and I know they are going to be well-coached,” Wallace said. “We have to come ready to go because they are going to be able to run the ball.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Prince George (2-3. 0-2) will be hoping to end a three-game skid against Meadowbrook.
The Monarchs, who beat Dinwiddie 41-27 on Friday, are currently atop the district standings.