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Defense is offense in big Bulldog win

King’s Fork scored 28 points in the first 4:05 of the second half, including three defensive touchdowns in a span of 1:08, to turn a close first half into a 46-0 rout over city rival Nansemond River Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Derek Wright returned interceptions for touchdowns for two of the three Bulldog defensive scores. Darrius Miller scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yards for a KF touchdown and KF’s defense held NR to 65 rushing yards and 47 passing yards.

At halftime, the Bulldogs led 11-0. The first play from scrimmage in the second half started the onslaught as KF came out of the locker room with a perfect play called.

Quarterback Laray Kindred and running back A.J. Harper ran a shotgun option play to the right only for Kindred to flip the ball to receiver Mike Mason for a reverse around the left end. Mason sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown. Add an extra point by Allen Kelly, who was 5-for-5 on PATs along with a 35-yard field goal in the first half, and KF led 18-0 21 seconds into the half.

NR’s ensuing possession moved out to midfield before a pass by Steve Skinner hit Wright in the chest as he rushed around the left end. Wright hung onto the ball, then was clear for a 52-yard return for a touchdown.

Three plays into the next Warrior possession, running back Lamont Brown fumbled as he was hit hard, Miller picked up the bouncing ball on the run and went 45 yards for the score.

Fifteen seconds later, on the first play for NR after the kickoff, Wright picked off a Skinner pass and had only 15 yards to reach the end zone. On Kelly’s extra point, the Warriors had the first of what would be two ejected players for flagrant personal fouls in the second half.

“It was nice to get a win, and a solid win,” said King’s Fork head coach Joe Jones.

“Our guys took the last two weeks hard. It really didn’t matter who we were playing tonight, the guys just wanted to have another chance to come out and play.”

The last two Friday nights for KF saw the Bulldogs fall behind in the first period and lose district contests to Indian River and Western Branch.

“It was nice getting Dominique Patterson back on defense,” said Jones.

“On offense we did some nice things, but we still have to run the ball better in the heat of the game.”

Patterson, a junior linebacker/running back, was injured in KF’s opening game. On Friday, Patterson totaled 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring on their first possession of the night. Derek Bennett scored on a 4-yard run and Kindred ran in a two-point conversion to make it 8-0 KF with 7:07 left in the first period.

For the Warriors, Skinner was 4-for-16 passing for 23 yards. Skinner rushed 14 times for 35 yards. Brown, a freshman who had been a steady producer for the Warriors through their first three games, was held to five yards on nine carries.

Kindred was 7-for-12 passing for 105 yards; all of those stats came in the first half as Kindred and the rest of the Bulldog first-team offense didn’t see the field again after Mason’s 60-yard reverse and KF’s three straight defensive touchdowns. Mason, with three catches for 54 yards, was Kindred’s favorite target.

The Warriors (1-3, 0-3) go to Indian River on Friday while the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2) go to Deep Creek.