King’s Fork routs Deep Creek

Published 12:41 am Saturday, October 27, 2012

The King’s Fork Bulldogs played like a playoff team filled with purpose in their last regular season home game, routing Deep Creek 60-0 on Friday night.

“We preached to them hard that after last week, we have to continue to legitimize ourselves,” King’s Fork head coach Joe Jones said. “And I said, ‘Good teams and playoff teams take care of the games they’re supposed to take care of.’”

King's Fork senior linebackers Adam Wiland (56) and Danny Gromkoski (41) collapse on the Deep Creek runner during the Bulldogs' 60-0 rout of the visiting Hornets on Friday night.

The Bulldogs wasted no time, evidenced by the scoreboard showing 39-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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“We just stressed we got to go play our hearts out, especially for the seniors,” Jones said. “Man, this is a special senior class. These guys have been with me since the beginning, since the middle school, my first year here. We wanted to make sure we sent them out with a bang and we certainly did.”

One senior in particular was instrumental in the victory, and that was slot back/defensive back Charles Clark, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech. Clark tied a school record with six touchdowns. Even more impressive — he had six touches all game.

The Hornets bobbled a punt and ended up giving the Bulldogs the ball two yards away from the end zone. Clark ran it in to begin the scoring.

On the second play of the Bulldogs’ next drive, Clark scored on a 20-yard run. On the second play of their third drive, it was a 19-yard run from Clark that made it 20-0.

For their fourth possession, junior quarterback Uriah Adams got in on the fun with a 34-yard run that brought the ball to the Hornets’ one-yard line. Clark bridged that gap on the next play.

Adams scored twice on runs of 22 and 12 yards. He struck once more in the second quarter off a nine-yard run. Then, Clark began finding other creative ways to score, this time off a 65-yard interception return. The score was 53-0 at halftime.

Clark closed out the scoring of the game by taking the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards for his sixth touchdown.

Adams went four for five passing for 52 yards, all of which went to senior wide receiver Davon Grayson, who has committed to East Carolina. Adams also ran nine times for 80 yards.

The Bulldogs produced 269 offensive yards on only 37 plays from scrimmage.

The win secured King’s Fork (7-2, 6-2) a playoff berth for sure, and sets them up for a possible home playoff game with a win next week.

This win also had major significance in the context of King’s Fork school history.

“Tonight, (the) varsity team was the first varsity team to win seven (games),” Jones said. “The year before I got here, they were 6-4 and that was the only winning season we’ve had.”

King’s Fork closes out the regular season next week on the road against defending AAA Division 6 state champion Oscar Smith.