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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Foxes ride single wing to victory
It took a while to get untracked Friday night, but once King George’s new offense kicked in, the Foxes pulled away from visiting Colonial Beach, 24–0.
With new quarterback Zach Johnson directing new offensive coordinator Jeremy Jack’s single-wing attack, the Foxes scored three touchdowns and overcame a gutsy showing by the Class 1A Drifters to claim their fourth win in five starts.
“I still like the spread,” King George coach Jeff Smith said. “But the single wing gives us a lot of potential to put points on the board. We just need to play smarter and eliminate some penalties.”
Miscues and flags helped prevent the Foxes from adding to their winning margin. They had two touchdowns negated by whistles and fumbled twice.
But the big-play athleticism and depth that characterized their season last year helped jump-start them against the outmanned Drifters.
Ten Foxes carried the football, including junior Jacoby White, who rambled for 128 yards and scored King George’s first touchdown—a 71-yard sprint up the middle.
Fellow backs Markiece Johnson and Jaylan Brinson also found the end zone. Johnson scored on a 10-yard scamper before half and Brinson added an 8-yard run on the Foxes’ only possession in the third quarter.
“Now we’re able to put in an offense that allows a lot of people to play, and keeps kids fresh on defense,” Smith said. “And defense wins championships.”
Led by linebackers Corey Henderson and Kendall Harvey, and back Jordi Estes, King George’s defense limited the Drifters to 70 yards rushing and kept them off the scoreboard.
“We knew they were going to try and run on us,” Henderson said. “We put some guys in some different positions and worked on it all week in practice.”
Colonial Beach (1–3) showed its character against the bigger Foxes, especially on two drives that nearly produced points.
After White fumbled on the first play of the game, the Drifters marched to the King George 2 in seven plays, but Dez’John Parker was stopped on fourth and goal.
On their first possession of the second half, quarterback Nick Graves took them on a 60-yard drive to the Foxes 5, but they came up short again.
“We fought, we just couldn’t capitalize,” Drifters coach Scott Foster said. “But I have no problem with the effort.”