The Essex Trojans stunned the visiting King William Cavaliers, 48-17, Friday night striking fast, hard and early.
Five Trojans scored touchdowns in the first quarter as Essex tallied points with its running, passing and defensive efforts.
“It was fun to sit back and watch it all come together,” said Coach John Fulks who praised both his defense and the performance of his quarterback. “Dominek
[Broaddus] had a tremendous night, the way he executed.” Broaddus ran for one touchdown and passed for three more to lead the Trojan attack.
After the first quarter, the teams settled down and the game resembled what many had expected, a close match up between two strong rivals.
In the last three quarters Essex added only 14 points. During the same time, King William scored 17.
“I would not want to play them zero-zero right now,” Fulks said after the game. “They made some tremendous adjustments after the first quarter. They have a very good football team.”
King William came into the game undefeated after beating Nandau, 62-19, and New Kent, 49-8. Two weeks ago Essex defeated defending state champion Goochland, 42-28, and had a bye last week.
Tre Jones got Essex on the board with a 70-yard interception return, and Broaddus scored the Trojans’ first offensive points of the night with a 30-yard run. Broaddus then found Sterling Hammond on a 44-yard passing strike and then DJ Ashlock moments later on a 33-yard pass play. Dre Baylor scored on a 13-yard run with 1:06 left in the quarter to end the early onslaught.
Essex’s Anthony Jones scored on a 66-yard run in the third quarter, and Jones added another touchdown on a 59-yard run in the final quarter.
King William’s bright spots came in the fourth quarter as Cam Petross scored on a short run and Jacob Jones scored on a quarterback keeper. King William also added two on a safety following a Trojan hiking miscue.
Captions: Essex 4, DeAndre Baylor; Essex 11, DJ Ashlock