Windsor Dukes end season 2-8
Published 10:19 am Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Park View Dragons (4-6) knocked off the Windsor Dukes (2-8) 48-18 on Friday night in a TriRivers District football match, sending the latter into the offseason without a playoff berth.
The Dukes moved the ball relatively easy on their first drive of the game, effectively eating time off the clock. With 4:38 seconds remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Keyshawn Reid found a wide-open Malcolm “Woody” Green for a 20-yard-touchdown. Reid tried to find Greene again on the two-point conversion, but the ball floated out of bounds.
Looking to erase the 6-0 deficit, the Dragons quickly drove down the field and into Windsor territory, but a fumble gave the ball back to the Dukes at their own 16-yard-line.
A three-and-out for Windsor, followed by a short punt and kick-catch interference penalty set the Dragons up with excellent field position at the 25 yard-line. Two strong runs up the middle by sophomore running back Jaylen Bullock tied the game, as the ensuing point after touchdown attempt was blocked.
The first drive of the second quarter stalled inside the Park View 25-yard-line, but consecutive penalties on the Windsor offensive line took the Dukes out of field goal range.
Figuring out that their rushing attack could penetrate the Windsor defensive line, Park View would rely on Bullock on every play of their next drive. Bullock took a sweep around the left side 52-yards down the sideline to push the Dragons into the lead. Using the exact same play, the Dragons would extend their lead to 14-6 with a successful two-point conversion.
Windsor looked as if it would answer back, as a long pass down the sidelines put the Dukes into the redzone, but an ineligible receiver downfield called the play back to midfield.
Seeing the matchup advantage for the 6’ 6” Malcolm Greene, Keshawn Reid lofted a Hail Mary just before the half, which Greene ripped out of the air for a 50-yard touchdown strike. The two-point conversion was initially good, but a holding penalty was too much to overcome on the next attempt, allowing the Dragons to maintain their 14-12 advantage.
A failed onside-kick kick attempt set Park View up with excellent field position with under a minute remaining, and the Dragons would score a touchdown on a last-second heave to the endzone. A missed point after attempt held the score at 20-12 at the half.
Park View’s Bullock rushed only seven times for 105 yards in the first half, totaling 165 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Dragons. Windsor’s Greene had two catches in the first half, scoring on both.
It was more of the same for Bullock in the second half, as he retuned the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards for the touchdown. After initially muffing the kick, Bullock went untouched down the sideline for the score.
Windsor looked to return the favor, as Marquis Watson flew down the left sideline toward the endzone, but a shoestring tackle saved what would have been the second touchdown in only 30 seconds. Despite taking over in the redzone, the Dukes were unable to take advantage of the field position and turned the ball over on downs.
The Dragons began their subsequent drive at the 11-yard-line with just over 9 minutes remaining, hoping to run time off the clock. Continuing to feed Bullock, the offense was slowly winding clock with tough runs, but Park View quarterback Brett Cliborne was picked off by Greene on his first passing attempt of the half. Greene was injured on the play and would not return to the game with an unspecified injury.
The Dukes were unable to capitalize on the turnover, however, and a bad snap on the punt attempt set the Dragons up at Windsor’s 6-yard-line.
Park View would push the lead 34-12 on Hughie Chavis’ rush up the middle.
A 52-yard run by Cliborne and a 15-yard facemask penalty would place Park View inside the redzone on their next drive, where the senior quarterback would punch it in for his first score of the game.
Reid’s 48-yard touchdown run on an option keeper would cut the lead to 22, but Windsor’s comeback attempt began a little too late. Park View would tack on another score in the final minute to secure the 48-18 victory.
Reid finished the game with 11 carries for 76 yards and a score. In the passing game he was 6-for-19 for 133 yards with two touchdown passes. Greene had 2 catches for 84 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Breon Stocks carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards. Phillip Car caught 3 passes for 42 yards.
Game note: In a kind-hearted gesture, Windsor’s Jalen Kindred decided to not wear his standard No. 55 out of respect for Park View’s Jamond Salley, who passed away during a game last month. The Dukes also held a moment of silence prior to the game.