Prince George Shuts Out Colonial Heights
By DAVID BREIDENBACH, Correspondent
Oct 30, 2012, 11:27
Prince George junior Dieudonne Bascombe (left) eludes a tackle from Colonial Heights sophomore Tyriq Anderson on Friday in Prince George (photo by David Breidenbach).
PRINCE GEORGE — Shaking off a first half fraught with mistakes, Prince George settled down in the second half and scored 26 straight points to help the team celebrate a 36-0 homecoming victory over Colonial Heights Friday night.
Davonte Fuller ran for 79 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Royals, who finished the night with 389 yards of total offense.
Chris Henry, Treyon Patterson and Tyree Smith added rushing touchdowns of two, six and nine yards, respectively. Royals quarterback B.J. Knight had nine completions on 16 attempts for 152 yards.
The Royals came out strong with their ground game and took the opening possession down to the Colonials one-yard line. But the Colonials stiffened and managed to stop the Royals on downs. On their first offensive possession, the Colonials struggled to move the ball at all.
Their punt was short, and the Royals were back in business deep inside the Colonials’ territory. The Royals went back to the run, but again the Colonials rose to the occasion forcing Prince George to settle for a 24-yard field goal.
Most of the rest of the half was similar with the Royals moving the ball but not being able to get the final surge to hit pay dirt. That changed in the final minute of play.
The Colonials had the ball deep in their own territory and attempted a screen play to the left flat. The ball was a bit high and the receiver attempted to tap it up and make the catch. But Dieudonne Bascombe grabbed the loose ball for one of his three picks on the night.
From there, the Royals drove the ball down to the Colonials two-yard line. Again the Colonials appeared as if they might hold off the Royals, but Henry rumbled in from two yards out and Fullman hit the extra point to make the score 10-0 at the break.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the first half and that stopped us from completing drives,” Prince George coach Bruce Carroll said. “We didn’t really make any adjustments at half, we just had to clean up how we were playing.”
At the half, Carroll told his charges to continue what they were doing, but to clean up their mistakes. The team took his comments to heart and attacked the Colonials by air and ground. Knight was able to find senior receiver Bailey Williams open with five passes for 71 yards. Drew Kennedy caught two balls for 55 yards and Bascombe grabbed a pair of catches for 26 yards.
Johnson scored five minutes into the third quarter, and Fuller’s first touchdown came just over a minute later. Fuller continued to plunder the Colonials defense in the fourth quarter, scoring with 11 minutes left in the game to push the score to 29-0.
Smith’s touchdown came in clean-up action with 1:37 left.
The Colonials could only muster 27 yards of offense. Already seriously depleted by injuries, the team sustained three more injuries during the game that put key personnel on the bench.
Lamier Thomas could have suffered the most serious injury with a possible broken wrist.
With five starters already missing action, Colonial Heights will limp to the finish line, facing Meadowbrook next week and finishing with Thomas Dale at home.
Prince George travels to Matoaca next week and finishes the season against Hopewell.
“Injuries are part of the game,” said Colonial Heights coach Remus James. “The bad part about it is we don’t have the numbers that everyone else does. The guys who were in gave 100 percent and did a good job.
“My concern with adversity is that we are going to play a certain way, and we are going to have kids who never quit.”
C. Heights 0 0 0 0 – 0
P. George 3 7 13 13 – 36
PG — FG Fullman 24
PG — Henry 2 run (Fullman kick)
PG — Patterson 6 run (Fullman kick)
PG — Fuller 1 run (kick failed)
PG — Fuller 9 run (kick failed)
PG — Smith 9 run (Fullman kick)
Records: Prince George 1-4 district, 3-5 overall; Colonial Heights 0-5, 0-8.
Colonial Heights quarterback Brian Gwaltney (7) tries to turn the corner on a quarterback keeper during a Central District game on Friday against Prince George. The Royals won 36-0, snapping a five-game losing streak (photo by David Breidenbach).