‘Dogs chew up the turf

Published 7:38 pm Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday was a big night offensively for King’s Fork High School, as the Bulldogs ground up more than 600 yards of offense against Deep Creek at home, winning 53-29.

King’s Fork (4-6) wanted to head into the postseason with some momentum, but the narrative all last week was to make sure they sent their seniors off correctly.

“It was good to send our seniors out the right way,” KFHS coach Scottie Littles said. “Each week, we are getting better and better. We lost a tough one to Oscar Smith, so we had two choices: respond or fold. Our kids chose to respond.”

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At halftime, the Bulldogs were up 32-3, but they allowed Deep Creek to score 26 points in the second half, something they know they need to clean up going forward.

“We won’t be able to allow second-half points like that in the playoffs,” Littles said. “We missed too many tackles. I’m super-proud of the kids and how they responded.”

John Woods started his third straight game and played his best game yet. Woods completed 18 of 25 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns.

“At the end of the day, he’s our guy right now,” Littles said. “The life of a quarterback, you have to have a short memory. He had a good week of practice last week and did really well out there.”

The Bulldogs also got a big game out of their backfield. Darran Butts rushed for 165 yards, and back-up running back Nasir Davis added 130 yards. Both players scored touchdowns. Cherrod Joe added 95 receiving yards.

T.J Hart added two more interceptions to his total, bringing him to 11 for the year.

“We competed well, and we played as a team,” Butts said of his team’s performance. “It just shows that when we play King’s Fork football, we are pretty hard to beat.”

“This was a huge win for us,” Hart said. “Especially going into the playoffs.”

The Bulldogs are in the 4A playoffs, as it stands right now, though it’s not final. They would be the sixth seed, which likely means they will be on the road for their first game. Their opponent will likely be Heritage High School.

KFHS will get a boost as quarterback Justin German plans to come back from injury, along with receiver/defensive back Chris Shearin.

The Virginia High School League will finalize its playoff schedule Sunday. Fans can check www.vhsl.org to see when and where the game will be held.