Prince George Remains Undefeated
By Blake Belden
Sep 16, 2013, 08:12
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PRINCE GEORGE —Prince George (2-0) rolled over Thomas Jefferson (2-1) in a 42-14 victory at their season home-opener game on Friday night
After an explosive Vikings start where quarterback ShaQuan Patterson launched a 35-yard touchdown pass to Amani Williams on the first snap of the game followed by a Royals fumble turnover, it looked as though the Royals were going to have a difficult match ahead of them.
Instead, they retaliated with a blowout performance earning six touchdowns, four rushing and two receiving, and only allowing one more Vikings touchdown in the remaining 47 minutes, 39 seconds of game play to send them home defeated.
Leading rusher Isaiah Mason, with 104 yards on 13 carries, said that his team was able to brush off the Vikings’ rapid touchdown and turn the game around through mental strength and awareness.
“We’re a fighting team,” Mason said.
Thomas Jefferson struggled to gain a meager eight first downs on a total of 122 offensive yards, compared to Prince George’s 25 first downs on a total
389 offensive yards.
The Royals outplayed the Vikings in just about every area of the game, save for the fact that they lost more yards due to penalties, 71 yards off of nine penalties.
By the time Quinten Fowlkes rushed five yards for the Vikings’ second and final touchdown during the fourth quarter, it was already too late. Failed opportunities and offensive blunders curtailed their window for victory early in the game, and the Royals capitalized by consistently stretching the point margin throughout all four quarters.
Prince George, who hasn’t had a winning season in the last 13 years, have burst into this season with two straight victories in an attempt to change that all around.
Prince George head coach Bruce Carroll doesn’t make any prophetic conclusions about the fate of his team’s record this season, instead resides on the fundamental certainty that persistence and strong practice are essential in moving forward.
“I can’t tell you what’s going to come next week. I can’t guarantee anything other than the fact that our kids work hard. They’re a tight-knit group. We love them and they go to work every day. If they go to work every day, great things are going to happen for them,” Carroll said.
With six touchdowns from five different players, Prince George proved that they are a team with depth and versatility, a characteristic Carroll traces back to the hard work he was talking about.
“We have a lot of kids with talent that come out and work hard every day.
Hopefully we have a lot of kids that when an opportunity comes, they seize the moment and take advantage of it,” he said.
Quarterback B.J. Knight passed for 105 yards, hitting both DeAndre Brown and Montae Bradshaw for touchdowns, as well as running it 14 yards into the end zone after a fake handoff for another touchdown.
The other three touchdowns came from running backs Jordan Nase, 2, and Jeremiah McKay, 1.
The Royals will attempt to remain undefeated facing Marshall at home on Friday.