Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dolphins Chiefs recap

It was kind of fun reminiscing about a past Dolphins game, when I re-published the recap of the '99 playoff game between the Dolphins and Jaguars.

So, I've decided to re-publish a recap of a previous game each week. This week, I was unable to find any of the games I was looking for; so instead I present a game between the Dolphins and Chiefs, that's a little unexpected:

Ocean Lakes caught No. 7 Kempsville at the right time, capturing its biggest victory ever with an 18-14 decision Friday night that raised questions about the Chiefs' playoff chances.

``Kempsville lost a big one last week (to Tallwood),'' Dolphins coach Jim Prince said. ``We knew Kempsville had been playing everybody close and we hoped it would continue with us.

``This is no doubt, no doubt, our biggest victory ever.''

As Prince had hoped, the Chiefs (6-2, 5-2) allowed Ocean Lakes (4-4, 4-3) to keep it close as the teams headed into the final period deadlocked 6-6.

Kempsville struck first in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Fred Sanders dashing three yards on a bootleg to the right corner, then throwing to Trey Simkins for the conversion and a 14-6 lead.

``At halftime, we told our kids we needed a big run and a big pass to win the game,'' Prince said.

The Dolphins got both.

On the ensuing possession after Kempsville had taken the lead, Ocean Lakes got the run on a 64-yard scoring sprint from Chad Holland.

Then, after stopping Kempsville on four plays, the Dolphins got the big pass after taking over at their own 46 with 3:30 remaining.

On third and 12, quarterback Walter Amos hit Lavoy Harrell at about the Chiefs 35. There, Harrell picked up a fantastic block from Torrell Cherry that broke him free for the winning score.

``That waggle pass to Lavoy was open the play before and I missed him,'' Amos said. ``But coach let me try it again and I hit him. I thought he'd get hit, and then Torrell threw that great block.

``I saw it all, man. Oh yes Lord, this was big!''

Ocean Lakes missed both fourth-quarter conversion runs.

Kempsville had one last chance with 2:09 left, but two rushing attempts netted only four yards and Sanders threw one pass long and had another almost intercepted on fourth and 6.

Kempsville held a 6-0 halftime lead on Simkins' 1-yard run late in the second quarter and Ocean Lakes tied it halfway through the third when Amos hit Cherry from five yards out.

Saturday, October 28, 1995
Source: The Virginian Pilot
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