Updated: CHS has a slight chance for playoff spot in conference
KING GEORGE—The Caroline High School varsity football team still has slight chance for a spot in the 4A-South Conference in Virginia if the team can beat Spotsylvania High School Friday night at 7.
Along with that, Smithfield High must lose a game Friday. In addition, one of these other teams must also lose their game: Jamestown High, Nansemond River High or J.R. Tucker High.
Here is the story about Caroline High’s game on Nov. 1.
King George Foxes utilized their single wing offense to score 21 points in route to a 45-14 victory at King George stadium against Caroline High.
King George used their strong running game with 12 different players running the ball and keeping fresh legs on the field for the Foxes. Jordan Estes was the biggest threat to the Cavaliers as he ran the ball only nine times yet amassed 105 yards and 2 touchdowns on offense and a third on a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Foxes, leading 14-7 at the end of the half, suffered the loss of senior running back Markiece Johnson due to an apparent neck injury on an attempt to retrieve the ball on a punt play. Johnson was reported to have felt a tingling in his neck after the play and was removed from the field by ambulance and taken to a local hospital for further examination.
Foxes Jacob Perkins split the uprights for a 31-yard field goal with 4:40 left in the game to end all scoring for the night at 45-14. Elan Chase scampered 15 yards for a King George touchdown at the 10:33 mark in the fourth quarter. Perkins successful PAT put the game away for King George at 42-6.
Zach Johnson closed out the third quarter for King George as he ran for a 3-yard touchdown run with 17.5 seconds remaining. Perkins PAT again was on par. With 3:35 left in the quarter, Estes picked off Caroline quarterback Rasharrd Harris for a 50-yard return for a touchdown complimented by a PAT by Perkins. Just over two minutes prior to the interception run for a score, Estes broke lose from 45-yards out to score, giving King George a 21-point lead with the PAT by Perkins.
King George scored first in the game half way through the first quarter with a 2-yard plunge by Estes. Perkins scored the first of six PAT’s with 7:37 left in the first quarter. Estes again scored a touchdown at the 2:06 mark in the second quarter on a 13-yard sprint into the end zone with the consistent Perkins adding the PAT and score at the half was 14-6.
Caroline, with the inconsistent passing of quarterback Rasharrd Harris, scored only twice in the game. In the fourth quarter, varsity basketball player turned linebacker and now receiver Will Howard took a 34-yard pass from Harris to score the Cavaliers‘ final touchdown of the evening. Keyshawn Johnson ran for a two-point conversion to cap off Cavalier scoring at 14. At 11:54 in the second quarter, Howard took an 18-yard pass into the end zone for Caroline’s first score. Brandon Deyo’s attempted PAT failed.
The normally strong receiving corps from Caroline was not as sure-handed as in the past. Johnson, who needed only 95 yards to have 1,000 yards receiving for the season, caught only three passes for 48 yards. Sophomore Darius Leacock, a target of numerous passes, collected 6 for a total of 26 yards. The highlights of the night included Howard’s touchdown passes and the continued hard-nosed running of Chad Boxley who carried the ball 14 times for 59 yards. On defense, Jonathan Brown picked of a tipped pass by Estes.
With this loss, Caroline will not be eligible for a playoff spot, but Coach Ross remained optimistic about the Cavaliers stating, “There were mistakes made in the execution of plays, but they did a lot of things right. I have not given up on them. I still believe in them.”
Next week, the Cavaliers, 3-6, travel to Spotsylvania, also at 3-6, for the season final.
CAROLINE 0 6 0 8 14
KING GEORGE 7 7 21 10 45
TEAM STATISTICS CA KG
First Downs 11 19
Rushing Yardage 32-37 46-339
Passing Yardage 160 19
Passes 16-37-1 1-6-1
Punts-Avg. 7-21.86 1-23.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-Yards 6-60 5-70
Rushing: King George–Jordi Estes 9-105 3 TDs; Markiece Johnson 4-30; Elan Chase 3-16 TD; Jaylen Brinson 3/26; Antonio Johnson 2-9; Jacoby White 9-32; Luke Barnum 2-50; Chad Deavers 2-2; Corey Henderson 4-34; Zach Johnson 5-33 TD; Trevor Parr 2-5; Kendall Harvey 1-13. Caroline–Chad Boxley 14-59; Brandon Braxton 5-26; Brandon Deyo 1-(-4); Keyshawn Johnson 2-(-8); Rasharrd Harris 10-(-36).
Passing: King George–Corey Henderson 1-4-0 19; Jacoby White 0-1-0 0; Jordi Estes 0-1-1 0. Caroline–Rasharrd Harris 16-37-1 160 yards, 2 TD.
Receiving: King George–Jordi Estes 1-19. Caroline–Will Howard 2-52 2 TD; Keyshawn Johnson 3-48; Darius Leacock 6-26; Chad Boxley 3-12; Tyler Dudley Paige 1-12; Aason Pankey 1-10; Corey Cropper 0-0.