Petersburg routs Wythe 50-8

White with two TDs, over 100 yards re­ceiv­ing in Crim­son Wave’s vic­tory

The Progress-Index Weekend - - SPORTSDESK - By Nick Van­de­loecht Sports Ed­i­tor

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.

Nick Van­de­loecht may be reached at nvan­de­loecht@progress-in­dex.com, 804-722-5151 or @Nick­VanDelPI on Twit­ter.

[NICK VAN­DE­LOECHT/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

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.

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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.

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