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Panthers beat Surry County Cougars 38 to 6

Surry 6, Charles City 38

Varsity Football Game on November 5, 2010

Charles City County vs. Surry County

The Charles City Panther football team is heading back to the playoffs for a second year in a row after beating the Surry County Cougars by a score of 38 to 6.  With this win, plus three of the four other teams competing with Charles City losing on Friday night, the Panthers have secured a spot in the Regional A, Division 1 playoffs.  Colonial Beach lost to Lancaster, West Point lost to King William and Franklin beat Sussex Central.  This now leaves Charles City in a three way tie with Franklin and Sussex Central for the tri-rivers district lead.  Next week is the final game of the regular season and the results will determine if Charles City will be hosting a home playoff game for the first time in many years.

Charles City started this game off just like they have in many games, with a quick touchdown.  After a nice trick play to get into Surry territory, Trevor Jones caught a pass on the 2nd play of the drive and ran it down the sideline for a touchdown.  After just 30 seconds into the game, Charles City was up 6-0.

After Surry’s first drive stalled out, they were forced to punt at around midfield.  Charles City started their second drive at their own 40 yard line.   Another quick drive ended with a short Joseph Tabb touchdown run.  After the conversion failed, Charles City was up by 12 points.

After an onside kick, Charles City once again had the ball. A few plays later, Gregory Cotman ran it in for a touchdown and Joseph Tabb followed it up by running the conversion in. Charles City was leading 20 to nothing with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

On their next drive, Surry again couldn’t get much going and was forced to punt. However, on just the 2nd play of their drive Charles City fumbled and Surry recovered it. Surry started with good field possession and was able to drive deep into Charles City territory when the Panther defense made several good plays. The first being a pass to an open Surry player on the left side of the field that was deflected by Dominick Harris who was able to get free on the end and deflect the pass away. The second defensive highlight on this drive was an interception in the endzone by Dominick Barbour.

After a touchback, Charles City got their next drive started at the 20 yard line. This 80 yard drive to the endzone was highlighted by several great catches. Trevor Jones was able to get a first down on a long pass by his brother, Avery Jones. A few plays later and with just 17 seconds left before the half, Trevor Jones switched up and was the quarterback on a pass to the endzone where Dominique Williams made an athletic jump in the air and was able to pull the ball down for a toucdhown over Surry defender William Newby.

Surry got things off to a good start in the 2nd half but it would last long. William Newby took a deep kickoff back for a long run before he was finally run down by Barbour just a few yards shy of the endzone. However, on the very next play Avery Jones forced a fumble just as Surry was about to run it in for a score and Gregory Cotman Jr came up with the recovery at the one yard line.

Charles City took the ball over and got some breathing room when Terrance Banks made a catch and a run for a first down. Charles City was driving when a mishandled snap was recovered by surry standout LaDarryl Birchette. Fortunately for the Panthers, the defense was to the ocassion again and panther lineman Jaelen Williams made a good tackle at the line of scrimage, the Surry Cougars were forced to punt yet again.

During the punt Joseph Tabb Jr was able to beat a blocker and blocked the kick. Jaelen Williams was right there again for the fumble recovery. After a quick drive that was highlighted by several catches in the middle of the field by Gregory Cotman Jr, senior running back Dominick Barbour ran for a touchdown from 2 yards out. The extra point kick was no good, but the Panthers were up big with a score of 32 to nothing.

Surry would finally get on the board during their next drive which was led by Darryl Birchette who made several nice runs with one of them being on a two yard TD. The extra piont failed when Avery Jones deflected a Cougar pass in the corner of the endzone.

The next Panther drive got off to a quick start when Gregory Cotman Jr took a reverse and beat several defenders to take the ball across midfield and into Cougar territory. Unfortunately, after consecutive incompletions the Panthers turned the ball over on downs. Surry got the ball but after another nice run by Birchette, their drive stalled out and the Panthers again got the ball back after Dominick Harris, along with Trevor Jones were able to tackle Surry QB Timothy Thomas after he was pressued out of the pocket.

Charles City got off to another quick drive when Tabb broke through the Surry defense and sprinted 63 yard for his longest run of the year. He was tackled just before the goaline, but he was able to finish the 2 play drive on the next possession with a 2 yard TD run. The Cougars got the ball back but were not able find the endzone again and the game ended with a score of 38 to 6.

Charles City will play at Amelia County next week. This will be an important game for Charles City as it will help shape who plays where in the regional playoffs. Charles City beat Amelia last year by a score of 28 to 14, but Amelia’s team this year has improved from the 2-8 record that they finished with in 2009. Amelia beat previously undefeated Buckingham County on Friday night and currently have a record of 6-3. One of Amelia’s loses this year came to a Group AA team and their other two loses have been by one score.

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Game Summary

Surry………… 0 0 6 0 = 6
Charles City… 20 6 6 6 = 38

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