The Prince George Royals (3-0) remain undefeated after dismantling the John Marshall Justices (0-3) during a 42-0 shutout on Friday night.
Both teams entered Friday night’s game with an identical overall 45-96 record since 1999, however it became clear very quickly that Prince George had the dominant upper hand.
Scoring four touchdowns in under six minutes, the Royals’ bulldozer of a victory started in the first quarter with a seven yard pass from BJ Knight to D’andre Brown. After a fake handoff to Isaiah Mason, Knight sent a delivery to Brown, who was wide open to the point that the catch seemed effortless.
Knight only passed the ball four times, yet he still finished the game with
three touchdowns and 121 passing yards.
Directly following their first touchdown, Prince George recovered the punt after a spastic grounder kick deflected off Justices’ fingertips. The commanding recovery fueled the Royals’ confidence, allowing for a drive that swiftly resulted in a 12 yard touchdown sprint from senior running back Devante Fuller.
For Fuller, the total Justices shut down came easily because the Royals exhibited strength in “everything. We just executed the way we were supposed to. We were prepared [and] we got it done.”
Fuller stressed that his team isn’t defined by one or two individual power players, but instead an efficient and collective unit.
“It’s all the team. It was a team effort, and the team had my back. I did my part and they did theirs,” Fuller said.
Royals head coach Bruce Carroll said his team saw an opportunity to win early on and they took it.
“Our kids came out and worked hard. We had some things go well for us early on obviously and our kids capitalized and played well and it was just kind of a momentum thing and we got it early. Fortunately, we were able to keep it.
We’re real proud of our guys taking advantage of that,” Carroll said.
The Justices’’ fate was sealed by an explosive offensive start by the Royals, where the final score was reached just five minutes into the second quarter. John Marshall failed to capitalize on any opportunity they may have had to turn the tides around, acquiring only a total 98 offensive yards, suffocated by a disastrous -7 total passing yards.
The game was over in the first half, and the scoreless second half looked like the extension of the existence of a dying animal, a struggle to stay alive ending in defeat.
Besides capitalizing offensively with six touchdowns on a total 330 yards, the Royals actually spent more time on the defensive end of the game, an impressive factor for a squad that kept their opponents scoreless.
Prince George has now racked up three straight wins, the same number of wins they acquired during the entire 2012 season.
Carroll said this is not a statement from the team, unless that statement is just the fact that Prince George is a hard working team.
“I think that’s as simple as it is. I don’t think [there’s] anything magical about it. I think the kids have worked hard and this is what happens when kids have talent, work hard in the weight room and get it done,” he said. “But...,it’s three wins, I mean we got a ten game schedule so we got to continue to work.”
Prince George will attempt to keep their win streak alive at home against Petersburg on Friday.