After struggling against a tough non-Coliseum League schedule, the Dorsey Dons shut out the View Park Knights 49-0 in front of current students and alumni during their homecoming game.
“We kinda started off late in the season, but we came together to execute and try to beat View Park,” said senior Adonis Wilcox.
View Park head coach Ken Henderson noted how the Knights are in the process of becoming more experienced football players.
“They have athleticism, they have some speed, [and] some strengths,” Henderson said. “We’re trying to train them and develop them and make them good football players.”
View Park gained first possession, but incomplete passes forced them to punt the ball to Dorsey. The Dons traveled via rushes by junior L.J. Holms and senior Keeshawn Johnson.
On a second down late in the first quarter, Sophomore Michael Sanford ran a seven-yard touchdown; the Dons failed the extra point attempt to only have six points.
On the next possession, Johnson made a 65-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion pegged the Dons at 14 points.
View Park bested the Dorsey defense when senior wide receiver Jalin Scott caught a 30 yard play. Knights senior quarterback Steven Bennett sent the ball to the endzone but senior Adonis Wilcox intercepted the pass.
Dorsey kept the ball on the ground with sophomore Michael Sanford completing a 19-yard touchdown rush after eight plays. By halftime, the Dons were ahead 21-0.
View Park hit a series of unfortunate events as Dorsey scored on the second-half kick off return. The Dons regained possession quickly after the Knights fumbled on a punt return. Johnson committed a 82-yard touchdown run on the next play.
The Knights battled their way into Dorsey’s red zone, but fumbled. On their next possession, quarterback Robert Richardson had a pass intercepted by sophomore Giovonni Harper. Sanford charged down the field for an 80-yard scoring run on the following play.
Harper picked off the Knights again. With less than six minutes left in regulation, Holmes executed a touchdown passing play to give the Dons 49 points.
“Those were very helpful, they got us good field position,” Wilcox said. “Just having those interceptions just make our whole team confident to win the game.”
Both View Park and Dorsey have 1-5 overall record. View Park battles Crenshaw High School at Jackie Robinson Stadium and Dorsey travels to clash against Augustus Hawkins on October 5 at 7 p.m.