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Late Miscues Costly to Poquoson Football
Submitted by Gary Maynard

Despite losing the game’s statistical battle, the Goochland Bulldogs (13-0) took advantage of two, short fields in the final quarter and defeated the Poquoson Bull Islanders (9-4) 21-14 in the Class 2, Region A final at Fluvanna High School on Friday, November 23.

Trailing 14-7 entering the final period, the Bulldogs capped two touchdown drives of 34 and 35 yards respectively following a muffed Islanders punt and an interception on successive Poquoson offensive series.

Goochland quarterback Devin McCray made the big plays when it counted most, tallying touchdown runs of 2 and 10 yards, then facing a second-and-18, he connected on a scoring strike of 29 yards to Perry Snead-Johnson for the game’s final score.

"We’ve got a kid [McCray] that we know we can keep the ball in his hands at times, and he’s going to make good things happen for us,” Goochland coach Alex Fruth said. "It wasn’t pretty for either offense, but it was a really fun game. If you would have told me the final score would be 21-14, I would have said you were crazy; I figured something like 10-7.”

With two predominantly rushing teams, many pundits believed the game would be won by the team who got the most from their passing game, and in that respect it was advantage Goochland.

McCray finished the game with seven completions for 72 yards, while the Poquoson passing attack was dismal with quarterback Steven Parker completing just one pass for 21 yards and two interceptions.

In fairness to Parker, though not as accurate as he had been at times over the course of the season, when passes were delivered on target, the ball was summarily dropped by Poquoson receivers.

Though yielding the first touchdown of the game following a 58-yard drive by the Bulldogs, Poquoson responded with a seven play, 80- yard touchdown drive on their first offensive series.

Poquoson running back Colten Hicks accounted for 63 yards on the drive, which included a 47-yard run and a 7- yard touchdown run. Hicks also led all rushers for the game with 111 yards on 20 carries.

The Poquoson defense dominated the remainder of the first half yielding a mere 21 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs after the 58- yard touchdown drive to start the game.

Poquoson added to their lead on the second play of the second quarter, when running back Bailey Green dashed 17 yards to the end zone to cap a 36-yard scoring drive.

Though rushing for 133 yards in the first half, the Islanders ground attack was limited to only 75 yards over the game’s final two quarters as the Bulldogs defense ran an eight man front, forcing the Bulls to the air.

"We didn’t really make any adjustments at halftime,” Fruth said. "It was more a case of calming down our defense and telling them to keep with the game plan and play within themselves.”

For the game, the Poquoson defense limited the Bulldogs offense to only five first downs, but two, short drives at game’s end, ultimately put an end to the Poquoson season.

Poquoson had 229 yards of total offense, while limiting the Bulldogs to only 172 yards, but the three touchdown drives by Goochland totaled 127 yards. Enough yards to claim the region crown and move on to next weekend’s state semifinal against fellow unbeaten East Rockingham.

 





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