Quite the Reunion at Woodbridge
Bill Brown and Keith King will meet Friday at Woodbridge High for the first time as the head coaches of, respectively, Colonial Forge and Woodbridge. It will not be, however, the first time two of the most successful coaches in Stafford and Prince William counties have matched wits.
In 2000, with Brown at Hylton and the Bulldogs carrying a 39-game winning streak, King’s Potomac (Va.) squad pulled off a monumental upset with a 29-19 victory in Week 10 of the regular season. Here are the first few grafs of Preston Williams’ game story from that night:
For a brief snippet of the fourth quarter last night, it appeared the Potomac football team might crumble. In front of 10,500 fans at Hylton High School, the Bulldogs had pulled within three points and were looking to keep their area-best winning streak alive.
But seventh-ranked Potomac never cracked and pulled out a 29-19 win over No. 1 Hylton that gave it an unbeaten regular season record and the Cardinal District title. Hylton's 39-game winning streak ended one short of tying Hampton for the Virginia record.
"A win like this is just huge," said Potomac Coach Keith King, whose school had lost to Hylton in 11 of the 12 previous meetings. "The kids just played great football."
That game was the first time any offense had produced a double-digit output that season against Potomac, which posted eight shutouts. Hylton ultimately avenged the loss by topping Potomac in the 2000 Northwest Region final.
Brown is entering his third season as head coach at Colonial Forge. King has been at Woodbridge since 2001.
Despite numerous freshman and junior varsity games and scrimmages, as well as a pair of varsity scrimmages during the past two years, Friday’s game will be the first since 2000 between teams coached by Brown and King.
Reached by phone on Thursday afternoon, both had plenty of compliments for one another. In fact, Brown called King earlier in the day to thank him for the freshman and junior varsity games the night before.
“Bill and I are very good friends and we have been for a very long time,” King said.
“We’ve worked with each other to get our programs the maximum experience and get our young kids good experience,” Brown said. “In passing leagues … we’ve also worked against each other quite a bit. We’re trying to strengthen each other’s programs as a mutual respect.”
Colonial Forge and Woodbridge -- not so surprisingly -- are built similarly, and both enter Friday’s contest at 1-0.
Trey Reed, Tevin McCleave and Tim Scott of Colonial Forge combined to run for 158 yards and two touchdowns last week, while quarterback Blake Froanapfel added 65 rushing yards, 80 passing yards and two more scores -- one rushing, one throwing.
Woodbridge counters with Zayd Hamilton, Jaylen Avent and Darius Parson in the backfield, a trio that racked up 181 yards last week and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Frank Buckley, who, like Froanapfel, is 6-foot-5, passed for 151 yards and a touchdown.
“Woodbridge just has a lot of tradition,” Brown said. “They’re big where they need to be big. They’ve got speed and they’ve got good skill players.”
Some of those skill players, though, will be out Friday. In addition to Miami (Ohio) recruit Demetrius Quarles, who remains unavailable because of a broken arm, linebacker Darryl Haley will likely miss the game because of a sprained foot.
Jordan Hairston has been sick and out of school for the past two days, but King hopes to get some sort of contribution from him on Friday, while nose guard Joe Berveel will miss the game because of disciplinary reasons.
Trenton Berry, a cornerback and one of Buckley’s primary targets, will miss the game as Woodbridge awaits verification from the Virginia High School League regarding his eligibility. Berry transferred to Woodbridge from South Carolina during the offseason.
“That’s part of football,” King said. “We just have to go out there with what we’ve got and try to get the job done. “As coaches, you have to adjust to what you’ve got. When people to get hurt you have to change your game plan.”
September 10, 2009; 5:59 PM ET
Categories: Cardinal District , Colonial Forge , Commonwealth District , Northwest Region , Woodbridge | Tags: Cardinal District, Colonial Forge, Commonwealth District, Northwest Region, Woodbridge
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