Braves hold off Bulldogs

Published 9:26 pm Monday, September 16, 2019

The King’s Fork High School football team went to 1-1 on the season after a home 33-12 loss to Indian River High School last Friday.

The Bulldogs hosted a tough Indian River team in its home opener last Friday night. Even though the Bulldogs took the loss, they made it tough on the Braves all night and at one point were able to hold the lead for more than a quarter.

“I was happy with our effort, but our execution has got to be better,” Coach Kermit Buggs said. “We did some good things out there that we can build upon throughout the season.”

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King’s Fork took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter after a score from Leo Wethington. In the second quarter, Indian River was able to get things going as the Bulldogs defense allowed their first offensive touchdown of the season during that quarter. At halftime, Indian River had a 12-6 lead. The Bulldogs did a good job maintaining Indian River in the third quarter; however, they weren’t able to get much going on offense. Even though the Bulldogs added one more score, the Braves were able to hold off the Bulldogs for the win.

“I felt like our first three quarters were very solid defensively,” Buggs said. “We had some breakdowns later on in the game, and on offense, we’d like to run the ball better, but it’s something we are looking forward to working on.”

Next, King’s Fork goes across town to match up with city rival Lakeland High School. The Cavs are coming off of a loss, and both teams will be eager to get back into the win column. Both teams also have first-time head coaches and have a goal to establish their programs.

“Our goal is to win the city of Suffolk, and we have to be ready for that,” Buggs said.