Prince George Falls To Matoaca On Late Score
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2013, 07:33
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PRINCE GEORGE — Prince George took the lead over Matoaca with just over five minutes left in the first half, and held on tightly for the next 27 minutes, hoping to trample the looming presence of a four game losing streak into a dusty afterthought. With under two minutes left in the game, the Matoaca Warriors (4-4) fired back turning a spastic desperation play into a miraculous scoring drive to regain the lead, 27-21, and defeat the Prince George Royals (3-5) on Friday night.
It was a 4th and 1 play for the Warriors with 1:40 left on the clock, at this point one could practically see the glimmer of victory in the Royals’ eyes matching the frosty blades of grass on the field, and they just needed one more big defensive stop to provide a safety net for the win. Matoaca botched the snap rattling the football off of offensive fingertips before it ended up in the hands of running back Aaron Monts. As the Royals’ defense swarmed after a scrambling Monts and a tackle seemed imminent, Monts launched the ball forward into the wide open hands of Trevion Armstrong, who then darted from the right to left side and sprinted down the entire field for an 86 yard touchdown dampening the Royals’ fire and disheartening the home sideline.
Armstrong, the Warriors junior wide receiver who has already received many collegiate offers including one from the University of Pittsburgh, displayed a stellar performance on the night finishing with 160 yards off of four catches, two touchdowns and a two point conversion reception.
Offensive embers remained as Prince George quarterback B.J. Knight responded by throwing two big completions and rushing for a first down, however the Matoaca defense eventually triumphed shutting down the comeback effort.
Knight finished the game with 86 passing yards, one passing touchdown, an interception, 79 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. He was the leading rusher for the Royals followed by Devante Fuller with 70 yards and a touchdown.
Royals tight end Donald Shipp also caught a touchdown pass in the loss.
Both teams advanced the ball a total 296 offensive yards during the game, however Prince George utilized a run-heavy offense, with 226 rushing yards, where Matoaca succeeded more with the passing game, 207 yards.
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Warriors quarterback Blake Bowen threw for 142 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Royals defense was bolstered by Trevor Bembry, with six of the team’s overall 42 tackles, and Eric Watkins, with five tackles and a sack.
Matoaca’s defense responded with a total 47 tackles, where Nicholas Brown and Ardel Christian both had six tackles on the evening.
It was an all around tight, competitive matchup, with the biggest disparity
perhaps being that Prince George had possession for over ten more minutes than Matoaca, an emphasis that they just couldn’t capitalize offensively with as much efficiency as Matoaca, who scored 14 of their 27 points in the final quarter of the game.
Since 1999, the Royals have now lost 11 straight contests against the Warriors, but for a team with a losing record this season, Prince George have scored more points than they have allowed (194-179), a surefire testament to the fact that they are not going down without a fight. In fact, four of their five losses have been within a one possession point margin, just an arm’s length from victory.
Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to overturn the previous losses, but it’s certainly enough to prove that the team is capable of winning their next two games against Colonial Heights and Hopewell to finish the season 5-5 and make a push for the playoffs.
Prince George will travel to Colonial Heights on Friday and Matoaca will face Hopewell at home.