Bulldogs get first win!

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2005

Special to the News-Herald

In Sept. 2004, King’s Fork scoring three points in a game seemed impossible

On Sept. 2, 2005, the impossible happened.

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In a spectacular game against Norview, the Bulldogs pulled off their first win 24-21.

The Pilots won the coin toss, and it proved to be their only victory all night. On the first drive of the game, the Bulldogs’ first three defensive plays all moved the football backwards, capped off by a 6-yard sack executed by Kodi Edmonds. Throughout the night, the Bulldog defense proved just too fierce for the Pilots.

Early in the second quarter, Dan Miller knocked down a lateral, causing a fumble, and recovered the ball, running 45 yards downfield for the first touchdown in King’s Fork history.

&uot;It feels great,&uot; Miller said. &uot;Everybody just came together.&uot;

Later in the second, it was Dan’s little brother Shaka’s turn to shine. Blocking a punt, he ran in a 30-yard touchdown, making in 16-15 Bulldogas at halftime.

Norview showed potential early in the half with quarterback D’Alan Goodhope attempting some big plays; however, the Bulldog defense prevailed.

King’s Fork junior Kyle Smith kept Goodhope and company on their heels, making several big stops. With 8:17 left in the fourth quarter, Dan Miller ended the Pilots’ hopes of victory with a 10-yard touchdown run.

On the final play of the game, the Pilots scored a final touchdown; however, it was academic.

After the game, the King’s Fork coaching staff was all smiles. Head coach Cecil Phillips walked off the field and gave an emphatic &uot;Why not us?&uot;

When asked about his team’s performance, Phillips said, &uot;This win is a tremendous credit to all the work this team has put in. We really pulled things together in the off-season.&uot;

As it turned out, Phillips’ boys were the only team in the city to start off 1-0, as Lakeland fell 44-0 to Lake Taylor and Nansemond River and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy lost their respective openers.