Petersburg routs Wythe 50-8
White with two TDs, over 100 yards receiving in Crimson Wave’s victory
PETERSBURG - Whenever Zyshawn White caught the ball on Thursday evening, he was off to the races.
On just two catches, he racked up 107 yards and scored on both receptions as he and his Petersburg Crimson Wave trounced George Wythe 50-8 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
“I was really concerned with George Wythe, man, because I felt like they matched up well against us,” Petersburg head coach Mike Scott said. “Some stuff just went our way tonight, and we were able to run the football... we’re working on some things... but overall, man, the boys played tonight. They really played tonight, and I’m
very, very proud of them, andwe’re gonna celebrate this tonight, and then we’re gonna move on tomorrow.”
Stepping up into the lead running back role when his teammate Upton Bailey got injured early in the game, Petersburg’s Kyjuan Hendricks feasted. Herushed for 207 yards on 20 carries and placed his team in scoring position on multiple drives.
“Kyjuan Hendricks really ran the ball well,” Scott said. “He did an outstanding job.”
But it wasn’t just Hendricks. Petersburg’s huge offensive line paved the way for the Crimson Wave to pile on 446 yards of total offense, including 317 rushing.
“We’re big - it really came down to us being bigger than them,” Coach Scott said of his linemen. “Tonight and last week, too, as well...it’s not too many teams that can play four 300-pounders all at one time.”
The Crimson Wave rolled out its two most dramatic plays of the gamein the middle stretch of the third quarter. Going deep as the George Wythe quarterback let loose a long, rocketing pass towards the end zone, Petersburg’s Treyvion Hall didn’t appear to even turn
his head as he hauled in the ball on what looked to be an over-the-shoulder catch, wheeled around in a sweeping 180-degree motion and battled his way through incoming defenders to gain a chunk of yards on the interception return.
His brilliant pick play set in motion a drive capped by a gem from his teammate White. The six-foot-one junior wide receiver caught a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Meziah Scott, then turned on the jets to sprint 60 yards down the right side for his second touchdown of the night.
“Zyshawn is just really trying to get back into the rhythm of things - he’s been off for a while as far as the offseason, been trying to get back healthy, get his body ready to play,” Coach Scott said. “He’s just still shaking the rust off, and tonight, we just wanted to make sure we got him that one catch that will really just get him going...”
Petersburg jumped out to a 12-0 lead at the end of a lengthy first quarter in which Meziah Scott threw two TD passes and the Wave’s defense forced three turnovers on downs. White took a 47-yard catch-and-run down the right sideline to put the Wave on the board, and then Scott found a wideopen Hall, who, with the right-hand turn after making the reception, crossed the goal line on the 20-yard score. Scott in the third quarter added a rushing touchdown on a QB keeper, as well as a two-point conversion to bookend White’s 60-yard touchdown catch.
Julian Gonzalez, who early in the game sacked the quarterback, pounced on a botched snap that flew over the head of the signal caller, grabbed hold of the ball and sprinted to the house to score on the fumble recovery from 46 yards out in the second quarter. Brandon Harvell powered in the follow-up two-point conversion run.
The Bulldogs got on the board before the end of the first half after Rodney Tucker caught a touchdown pass inside the red zone, and Emontre Bass took the carry down the middle for the 2PC. But the Crimson Wave held the Bulldogs out of the end zone from that point on.
The Wave scored on its opening drive and cashed in on George Wythe’s second TOD after Petersburg fumbled the ball on the first opportunity. On that play, Upton Bailey went down on the tackle, briefly got up limping and then went back to the ground with an apparent leg injury. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he was held out of the game’s remainder and was moving along the sideline on crutches.
“We’re gonna go back and we’re gonna look at him, let him see the trainer and we’re gonna pray for the best, because it just makes you so sad when you see that happen to him, because this is his team, man,” Coach Scott said of Bailey. “We’re gonna go back and we’ll try to get him as healthy as we can and see what we can do with him. If he’s not ready, then the next guy’s got to step up against a very good James Monroe team, who was Region B champions last year. We’ve just got to play it by ear and see what happens.”
With Bailey out, Hendricks moved the ball extremely well on the ground. In the second quarter, he broke freeon a 56-yard scamper to put his Wave on George Wythe’s two-yard line. Harvellnot long after pushed in the rushing TD.
The Wave overcame two early fumbles, and George Wythe’s offense was unable to convert Jayveon Anderson’s big interception into points in the closing minutes of the first half. Petersburg’s defense interrupted pass after pass to hamper George Wythe’s aerial game. Even when the Bulldogs did connect on big passing plays over the middle, the Wave’s defenders were quick to track down the receiver and make the tackle before he could break away for the big score.
“Our secondary respected George Wythe because they knew George Wythe had some really good wide receivers and a very good quarterback,” Coach Scott said, “so their mind was focused and they were able to concentrate on what they needed to do, and they played towards their strengths and not worrying about what George Wythe did as much. They just did a good job of playing in the secondary... like Bill Belichick said: just ‘Do Your Job,’ and they did their jobs tonight.”
The game was briefly delayed at the 9:56 mark of the fourth quarter on an injury timeout for George Wythe’s Robert Blue, who was wheeled off the field on a stretcher, but was seated upright and was awake and alert. As EMTs wheeled him behind the Crimson Wave’s sideline, multiple Petersburg Football players came up to him in a display of good sportsmanship.
On his first pass in the game, Petersburg’s Jayden Videtto connected with Tray Prosise for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to further balloon the Wave’s already mountainous lead.
The Crimson Wave stays at home next Friday to host James Monroe at Petersburg High School at 7 p.m.
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Petersburg Football’s Zyshawn White (#4) flies down the sideline for a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown early in the Crimson Wave’s home game versus George Wythe. Daijon Coleman (#71) and Sha-lah Solomon (#55) look to block for him.
Petersburg Football defenders Bobby Traynham (#21), Keandre Easter (#7) and Teon Harris work to bring down the George Wythe ball carrier in the first quarter of the Crimson Wave’s home game versus the Bulldogs.