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Prep football: Behind Henderson, Foxes improve to 3-0
BY STEVE FRANZELLO
King George quarterback Corey Henderson is a rarity on the football field.
Besides running the Foxes’ offense, the 235-pound ju nior also lines up at middle linebacker, where he makes his presence felt as one of the team’s leading tacklers.
On Friday night, Hender son excelled at both posi tions against an out- manned, but hard-working, Colonial Beach squad.
The Foxes quarterback passed for three touchdowns and scored another on a short run, as visiting King George outscored the Drifters, 34–0.
The win was their third straight without a loss.
Colonial Beach dropped to 1–1 after winning its opener last week at Charles City.
“It’s been a long time since King George has started 3–0,” said Foxes coach Jeff Smith. “It’s a different men tality this year. We’re not overconfident, but we come out and expect to win.”
Henderson exemplified that mentality with his play on both sides of the ball. He fueled an early surge by the offense, and also helped spark the defense, which held the Drifters to just 2 first downs and 24 yards in the first half.
On the Foxes’ first play from scrimmage, he con nected with DeShon Brown down the right sideline for a 77-yard strike. After Jacob Baker scored on a 5-yard run on the next series, Hender son tossed a 38-yard scoring pass to Alon Clipper to put King George ahead, 21–0 at the break.
“We’ve got a lot of athletes on this team who can do a lot of different things,” Hender son said. “And we’ve got a lot of heart. That’s the differ ence.”
Another player who showed that heart last night was Jordi Estes. The hard-running junior led all rushers with 93 yards on 10 carries. Although he didn’t find the end zone, the tailback was a big playmaker in the second half.
Estes took the opening kickoff and returned it to the Colonial Beach 40 to put King George in great posi tion. On the next play, he rambled 37 yards to the Drifters 3 to set up Hender son’s short plunge.
“[Estes] is a tough player and he works hard,” Smith said. “We have a lot of guys on this team like that.”
King George got its final points on another scoring pass from Henderson, this one to Sam Sharp in the fourth quarter that covered 21 yards. Henderson finished with 166 yards through the air and six completions.
Emotions ran high be tween the two longtime non- district neighbors. With four minutes left in the second quarter, a scuffle broke out after a hard hit and play was halted for several minutes until order was restored.
“This game did not define who we are,” said Colonial Beach coach Scott Foster. “What I saw out there tonight was how hard we continued to play. We never laid down.”
The Drifters’ best chance of scoring came early in the second quarter, when they drove to the Foxes’ 4. But Henderson and fellow linebacker Nate Jackson halted the march on fourth down with a big stop.
Drifters running back Dion Gonzalez, who ran for 228 yards in last week’s win at Charles City, led Colonial Beach’s offense with 55 yards on 15 attempts.
King George 14 7 13 0 — 34
Colonial Beach 0 0 0 0 — 0
KG-D. Brown 77-yard pass from C. Hender son (L. Armentrout kick)
KG-J. Baker 5-yard run (L. Armentrout kick)
KG-A. Clipper 38-yard pass from C. Henderson (L. Armentrout kick)
KG-C. Henderson 3-yard run (L. Armen trout kick)
KG-S. Sharp 21-yard pass from C. Hender son (kick failed)
First downs@14 6
Rushing yardage@30-174 41-76
Passing yardage@166 41
Rushing: Colonial Beach—Dion Gonzalez 15-55; Josh Thomas 5-11; Nick Graves 13- 10; Jacoby Smith 1-1; Cameron Headley 2- 1; Dez’John Parker 5-(-2). King George— Jordi Estes 10-93; Corey Henderson 6-30, TD; Austin Fisk 7-27; Jacob Baker 3-14, TD; Kendall Harvey 4-10.
Passing: Colonial Beach—Nick Graves 4- 10-2 41. King George—Corey Henderson 6- 12-1 166, 3TD.
Receiving: Colonial Beach—Dion Gonza lez 2-32; Sidney Horton 1-5; Dez’John Parker 1-4. King George—De’Shon Brown 3-98, TD; Alon Clipper 1-38, TD; Sam Sharp 1-21, TD; Markiece Johnson 1-9.
Steve Franzello: 540/374-5440 firstname.lastname@example.org