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King William may not be so Cavalier

Northern Neck school team will arrive in Woodstock Friday with unblemished record
Posted 2018-10-04

    Central is expected to improve its football record to 5-0 Friday to the delight of a homecoming crowd.

    The Falcons will play at home for only the second time this season, hosting the King William High Cavaliers, a team they defeated 52-16 a year ago.

    Central’s depth and experience is likely to be too much for the younger Cavaliers.

    If King William is able to score at all, it will have done something no other opponent has accomplished against Central this season.

    The Falcons’ offense had put up 124 points in three games thus far, but their defense has given up none. Central picked up its fourth win via forfeit from one of two teams on the Falcons’ schedule that gave up football for lack of student interest.

    King William will arrive in Woodstock with an unbeaten record. Barring the unexpected, the Cavaliers will return home with something less.

    The Cavaliers have wins over Edward County (3-2) 72-6, Bruton High of Williamsburg (0-3) 62-0, Tappahannock’s Essex (1-2) 30-6, and Montross’s Washington & Lee (2-2) 35-12, all small schools on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

    Junior quarterback Peter Pierucci (5-11, 150) leads the offense.  His primary receivers are juniors Marc Gresham and Kolby Anderson. Junior Corey Stewart and senior Michael Humphrey are the running backs.

    Up front, the Cavaliers have plenty of heft. Their tackles are 280 and 290 pounds and one guard is at 265.

    Four freshmen also will see playing time on the line. They are Elijah Adams (5-11, 370), PJ Holmes (6-1, 290), Chase Rosso (6-0. 215) and Drew Newcomb (5-10, 230).

    Head coach Dylan DeHart has junior Kyle Lynch handling the kicking duties and playing wide receiver and free safety.

    The Cavaliers have improved from last year, but are young and have not yet met a quality opponent.

    Central, by comparison, is a senior-dominated team rich in experience and brimming with confidence. Alumni in attendance Friday should be in for a treat.

    A week ago, the Falcons had no trouble dispatching Prince William County’s Brentsville High, 35-0.

    The Falcons dominated on offense and defense, scoring in each quarter.  Senior running back Hunter Mullins scored two touchdowns and rushed for 42 yards. Senior Shane Watson, the Falcons’ offensive workhorse, gained 91 yards and scored once while junior Noah Williams gained another 60 yards.

    Senior Kyle Clanton scored from 16 yards out on a pass reception from quarterback Zeb Dyer and later intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards to the end zone.

    Central’s defense held the Tigers to just over 100 yards of total offense. Senior Christian Spitler and Clanton each had interceptions and junior William Ball recovered two fumbles.

     During a three-week break before the Brentsville game, the Falcons mended early-season injuries, but experienced leg cramps.