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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Foxes switch gears to handle Eagles
Before Jeremy Jack was hired as the defensive coordinator at King George in 2012, he was the athletic director at Caroline for one year.
But before that brief stint, Jack was the architect of Colonial Beach’s single wing offense that helped the Drifters win 62 games over a nine-year span and reach the 2007 Group A, Division 1 state semifinals.
Jack’s background with the single wing came in handy for the Foxes in their season-opener Friday night at Washington & Lee.
After King George failed to muster much offense in the first half, the Foxes switched gears and caught the Eagles off guard in a 28–10 victory.
King George (1–0) led just 7–3 at halftime, but went to the single wing after intermission.
“We had that [installed] just in case we got down to the goal line and we needed it,” Foxes head coach Jeff Smith said. “Thank goodness we worked on it because Washington & Lee had our number.”
The move seemingly confused the Eagles (0–1). But after second-year head coach Antron Yates had a moment to reflect, he realized he shouldn’t have been surprised.
However, he failed to think about Jack’s presence on King George’s sideline before the game. Yates said afterward he was “outcoached.”
“It was very surprising, but it wasn’t very surprising,” said Yates, a former King George assistant. “Coach Jack is over there and he mastered the single wing at Colonial Beach. So the fact they went to it is not so surprising. We just didn’t play it well.”
Yates said he’ll be thinking about the maneuver all year and “nobody else will get over with the single wing on us again.”
Yates added he’s proud his team made the Foxes switch to Plan B. Last season, King George beat the Eagles 41–0.
Friday night, the Foxes had four different players score a rushing touchdown. Senior Jordi Estes scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter to help give the Foxes a 7–0 lead. He added a 70-yard interception return in the third quarter to set up Zach Johnson’s 16-yard touchdown run that lifted the Foxes to a 14–3 advantage.
“The momentum change is just unbelievable when something like that happens,” Estes said. “For me and for everybody else, it gets everything going and flowing together.”
King George built its lead to 28–3 on scoring runs of 11 and 35 yards by Jacoby White and Markiece Johnson. That was before W&L quarterback Treshaun Brown connected with Davon Hamilton on a 65-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Brown completed just 7 of 24 pass attempts, but his completions went for 223 yards. Hamilton amassed 151 yards on four receptions.
He made a 30-yard diving catch in the first quarter. He was open several other times, but the ball landed just out of his reach.
“We left some plays on the field that could’ve changed the tide of the game,” Yates said.
Washington & Lee visits Windsor next Friday. King George visits Stafford the same night.
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KG-J. Estes 5-yard run (J. Perkings kick)
WL-A. Lane 25-yard field goal
KG-Z. Johnson 16-yard run (J. Perkings kick)
KG-J. White 11-yard run (J. Perkings kick)
KG-M. Johnson 35-yard run (J. Perkings kick)
WL-D. Hamilton 65-yard pass from T. Brown (A. Lane kick)
Rushing: Washington & Lee—D.J. Weldon 14-55; Marion Pollard 6-13; Jarrett Sumiel 2-(-3); Team 1-(-11); Treshaun Brown 6-(-29). King George—Corey Henderson 8-53; Jordi Estes 8-50, TD; Markiece Johnson 6-39, TD; Zach Johnson 6-31, TD; Jacob Bethem 3-29; Jacoby White 5-23, TD; Jacob Magill 3-8; Antonio Johnson 3-2; Kendall Harvey 1-1; Hunter Tolliver 1-0.
Passing: Washington & Lee—Treshaun Brown 7-24-2 223, TD. King George—Corey Henderson 2-7-0 26.
Receiving: Washington & Lee—Davon Hamilton 4-151, TD; Alex Lane 1-43; D.J. Weldon 2-25. King George—Jordi Estes 1-21; Jordan Aley 1-5.