KING WILLIAM — Heading into the locker room following two touchdowns in 43 seconds the King William Cavaliers thought they just made the crushing blow to the visiting Washington & Lee Eagles that would win the game. However, King William only scored one more time the rest of the game making it a lot closer than their first year head coach would have liked.
"I thought the way the half ended it would have given us the momentum to win this game easily, but they are a very good team and they fought back to make this a close game. I thought we moved the ball well but mistakes — especially in the Red Zone — really hurt us tonight. It will be a focus at practice this week because moving forward we can't stop ourselves like we did tonight," said Coach Dylan DeHart, whose team is now 3-1.
The first quarter ended scoreless, as both defenses were outstanding. The Cavaliers were led by Barton Stone and Ethan Upshaw up front and linebacker Kyle Harley who seemed to be in on every tackle.
"They have some great athletes on that team so I was really happy the way we shut down their running game," DeHart said.
Spencer Keaton kicked a 31-yard and 29-yard field goal to give the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead for most of the second quarter. Then, with 1:10 left on the clock, Jacob Jones hit Austin Simons in the end zone which gave King William a 12-0 lead. Most of the large home crowd thought that would be the score at half time but a fumble recovery by Kierron Plummer on the ensuing kickoff gave the Cavaliers an opportunity to add to their lead, which they did quickly when quarterback Jacob Jones scored the first of his two touchdowns with a 19-yard run up the middle.
"I kept telling the kids on the sidelines to keep doing what we were doing because we were moving the ball and it paid off late in the half," said Coach DeHart.
Midway through the third quarter with the score 19-6 the Cavaliers scored again behind the running of Camajae Peatross who had 170 yards on 18 carries in the game and Justin Ortiz who added 61 yards. When Jacob Jones blasted up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown the home team was up 25-6 at the end of the period.
However, Washington & Lee fought until the end making it 25-20 with 42 seconds left in the game and it wasn't until Barton Stone took the onside kick down the sidelines that the Cavaliers and their fans could celebrate a victory.
"This team is on the right track, we just need to stop making mistakes and penalties that kill our drives. Our opponents aren't stopping us, we are. I can assure you that will be corrected," said Coach DeHart.
1st quarter - No Score
2nd quarter - KW 19 W&L 0
(KW) #44 Spencer Keaton 31 yard field goal
(KW) #44 Spencer Keaton 28 yard field goal
(KW) #11 Jacob Jones passes to #2 Austin Simons for 20 yard TD (2pt play no good)
(KW) #11 Jacob Jones 19 yard rushing TD (#44 PAT good)
3rd quarter - KW 25 W&L 6
(WL) #3 Treshaun Brown passes to #1 DJ Weldon for 8 yard TD
(KW) #11 Jacob Jones 4 yard rushing TD (#44 PAT blocked)