Thunder and lightning

The Park View tailback trio of, from the left, Meeko Harris, Jarius Drummond and Jason Baskerville celebrated after the Dragons’ 42-20 win over Greensville HS in 2011 that gave the local team its first Southside District title since 1982. (Dennis Smith)

(With Park View High School slated to merge with Bluestone HS to form the new Mecklenburg County HS in 2022, the Brunswick Times-Gazette and the South Hill Enterprise are running an ongoing series that looks back at some of the outstanding athletes and coaches and their stories through the years. This is story No. 10 in the series.)

The 2011 and 2012 Park View High School football teams certainly left their mark in Dragons’ gridiron history.

The 2011 squad was the first to win a Southside District title since 1982 while the 2012 team became the first and only team to win 10 games during a campaign and only the second in school history to advance to a regional title game.

“All four seasons at Park View are some of the most fun and rewarding of my career,” said former Dragons’ coach Doug Allison who was at the helm from 2009-2012. “Each one seemed magical for different reasons: the 2009 run to the playoffs, the 2010 home wins against Appomattox and Brunswick, the 2011 run to the district championship including avenging an early season loss to Southampton with a thrilling 3-overtime win and of course the 10-win run to the regional title game in 2012.”

Park View lost its season opener in 2011 to Jamestown HS but then ran off seven consecutive wins and completed a perfect 4-0 record in Southside District play by topping Greensville 42-20 on a soggy Friday night in Emporia to secure the district title.

Junior tailback Jason Baskerville rushed for a season-high 251 yards on 33 carries with three touchdowns in the title-clinching game while Jarius Drummond rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Meeko Harris blocked a punt and returned an interception for a touchdown while linebacker Vince Cliborne intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble down the stretch to seal the victory.

Park View finished the regular season with a 7-3 record to earn a No. 6 seed for the regional playoffs but fell at third-seeded Lafayette HS, 57-21. That loss would lead to one of the biggest wins in program history the following season.

The Dragons were led in 2011 by Baskerville who finished with 1,255 yards rushing on 203 carries with 20 touchdowns.

Drummond and Harris were the lighting to Baskerville’s thunder in the talented backfield. Drummond finished with 942 yards rushing on 101 carries with seven touchdowns while Harris rushed for 728 yards on 61 carries with six touchdown.

Freshman quarterback Brett Cliborne completed 29 of 66 passes that season for 621 yards and three touchdowns with only three picks.

To read the entire article pick up the Aug. 19, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.