A new gridiron win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 10, 2005

Last season, both the junior varsity and varsity King’s Fork High School football teams didn’t even come close to winning a game. In the span of less than a week, both got their first victories this year.

Six days after his varsity counterparts defeated Norview, Jaquan Parker yanked down two touchdown passes and an interception in the Bulldogs’ 26-0 junior varsity victory over Lakeland Thursday.

Travis Johnson got the Dogs on the boar first when he recovered a Cavalier fumble in the endzone on Lakeland’s first possession. Mike Mason doubled the lead to 12-0 on a 14-yard run around the right end midway through the second quarter.

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Fork couldn’t move the ball on its first possession of the second half, and Lakeland got inside Bulldog territory. But the Dog defense held, got the ball back at their own 19, and nearly broke things wide-open when Parker caught a pass from Mason, shook off a tackler, and charged 67 yards down the left sideline to the Cavalier 14.

Again, the Bulldog offense couldn’t move, but Parker picked off a Lakeland pass at the 23, and Minfield Hearns and A.J. Harper carried to the 13. Mason then lobbed a pass toward the right side of the endzone, and Parker hauled it in. Harper ran for his team’s first extra point of the night, upping the lead to 20-0.

Lakeland didn’t get a first down, and Fork got the ball at the Cavalier 29. James Edmonds ran to the 15, but Mason was sacked at the 28. Hearns and Harper got 13 yards back, leaving Fork with a fourth-and-10 at the 15. Parker got a step on his defender, and Mason dropped another pass into his hands to end the scoring.

&uot;We had something to prove,&uot; Parker said. &uot;We went out and played our hardest. We decided to come out and play hard all game.&uot;