Reid Runs Rampant, Keys Knights in Win
By STAFF REPORTS
Oct 22, 2012, 14:18
Thomas Dale senior D.J. Reid scored three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over Prince George on Friday (file photo).
Prince George senior Caleb Johnson scored both of his team's touchdowns against Thomas Dale on Friday (file photo).
D.J. Reid rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns, A.J. Holliday completed seven of eight passes for 79 yards and a score and Thomas Dale defeated Prince George 34-14 in a Central District game on Friday.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the visiting Knights, who improved to 3-2 in district play, 3-4 overall.
Reid, a Virginia Tech committee, tallied a pair of first-quarter touchdowns on runs of 21 and 18 yards, respectively. Thomas Dale senior John Ford, who played quarterback for Prince George last year, tacked on a one-yard touchdown run to give the visitors a 20-0 lead at quarter’s end.
Reid pushed the lead to 26 by rumbling in from six yards out with 8:18 remaining in the first half, but Prince George responded less than a minute later.
Senior Caleb Johnson, who paced the Royals’ defense with a game-high 10 tackles, hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Collins to cut the deficit to 26-7.
Collins, who was filling in under center for the injured Kameron Smith, completed eight passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
The second half was more evenly contested as both teams managed to reach pay dirt one more time. Holliday found senior tight end Aaron Green with a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
But Collins and Johnson replicated their second-quarter connection to offset that effort. Johnson corralled a 29-yard toss from Collins with 2:56 remaining in the game to provide the final margin.
The loss drops the Royals to 0-4 in district play (2-5 overall). Prince George will be hoping to halt a five-game skid on Friday against winless Colonial Heights. Thomas Dale will look to continue its winning ways against top-seeded Meadowbrook on the same day.