The KOC Is a Wrap

The final edition in the annual “King of the County” series between Mecklenburg County’s two high-school varsity football teams is a wrap after Park View shutout Bluestone 60-0 on Friday night in Skipwith.

A huge crowd turned out for the final game in the annual contest and it was great to see many former standouts from both teams in the stadium on Friday night.

The Dragons dominated the line of scrimmage and took advantage of a number of big plays to cruise to the lopsided win against a very young Bluestone team.

Park View looked solid on both sides of the ball and the win is a great start to the season as the Dragons are looking to be in the mix for a Tri-Rivers District title in their final season.

I also saw some good young players on the Bluestone team and that bodes well for the future when Park View and Bluestone combine next year as Mecklenburg High School.

The King of the County contest was always a fun way to celebrate our two county high-schools and despite the lopsided score, I thought it was fitting to play the annual game and end the football rivalry between the two as they combine into one next year.

I have heard talk about how tough the transition could be but I think the athletes may have the easiest transition going into the new school. Talent respects talent and I think the players from both sides will welcome playing with the best athletes our county has to offer.

But before that transition happens, both teams will be focused on this season and doing the best they can.

Park View will enjoy their early bye this week before returning to action on September 10 for its home opener against Colonial Heights HS.

Bluestone meanwhile will play host to Brunswick HS on Friday night in Skipwith.

VHSL Local Regions This Season

Lake Taylor High School is a new addition to Class 3, Region A this year while Park View will be playing its final season in the region. The other teams that make up the 3A region include Booker T. Washington, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, I. C. Norcom, Lafayette, Lakeland, New Kent, Petersburg, Phoebus and Southampton.

Bluestone meanwhile is in its final season in Class 2, Region A. The other teams in the 2A region include Amelia, Arcadia, Bruton, Brunswick, Greensville, John Marshall, King William, Nandua, Nottoway, Poquoson, Prince Edward, Randolph-Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Windsor.

Friday Night High School Football Results

Park View 60 Bluestone 0

Brunswick Academy 48 Chincoteague 8

Lunenburg 41 AltaVista 13

Essex 33 Sussex 16

Kenston Forest 51 Lawrence Aca. 14

Halifax 42 Person 8