Generals win 26-18, advance to 2nd round of playoffs

DINWIDDIE - Versatile senior utility player and quarterback Ky'mon Pope had a hand in all four of his team's touchdowns to help his #3 Dinwiddie Generals rally back from deficits of 12-0 and 18-8 to knock off #6 Courtland 26-18 in the first round of the VHSL Class 4 football playoffs.

Pope delivered a gem of a statline on the ground, taking 16 carries to an incendiary grand total of 191 yards after ending the first half with only 59. He also had three rushing touchdowns. Senior running back Tyre Dalton toughed out 52 yards on 13 carries.

Pope's other score was a big 39-yard pass to ClaTrey Reese that made it a one-possession game.

Although he didn't score, Courtland's Zin White led his team in rushing yards with 104 on 22 carries. Behind White, quarterback Shyheem Lewis and DJ Jones each scored on the ground.

The Cougars wasted no time putting the ball in the endzone, scoring on the game’s first possession. A high-powered run game punched its way down the field, picking up a fourth down conversion on the way to the goal line. Lewis and White led the charge, with Lewis eventually finishing the drive from four yards out. The kick was blocked to make it 6-0.

Dinwiddie threw a pick-six two possessions later. Defensive back Eian McCrae jumped the screen pass and had an uncontested 34-yard run to give Courtland a 12-0 lead over Dinwiddie in the first quarter.

Pope opened up the next drive with a strong 36-yard rush, cutting up the middle to the 29-yard line. Pope finished the drive by evading pressure in the pocket and riding the left sideline past the pylon. He threw a strike at the back of the endzone on the two-point try to make it 8-12.

The Cougar’s physical offensive line kept opening holes for the explosive legs at quarterback and running back. With only two minutes left they broke through once again. After being stopped in their own half, a Dinwiddie personal foul kept the drive alive. The Cougars went 54 yards to the endzone. D.J. Jones ran up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown run.

The half ended 18-8 in favor of the visiting Cougars.

The second half started to a similar rhythm as the first. The Generals fumbled on the first play but recovered the ball.

But from there the team never looked back, scoring 18 unanswered points to win the game.

Pope took over on the next possession and ran the first play for a first down. He took the next through the middle for a 25-yard gain. He danced his way outside again and passed the pylon to give the Generals the game’s first lead at 20-18.

Pope revved his engine yet again two possessions later. He took a sweep to the right with a blocker out front, broke the line of scrimmage and shot through the secondary to score on a 69-yard run. The two-point try was missed to hit the final score of 26-18.

Pope credited his offensive linemen D'Anta Johnson, Jake Edwards, Kenneth Grandison, Dean Baugus and Nathan Cunningham for being clutch and praised his receivers, including Barlow and Reese, for coming through.

Dinwiddie's Robert Barlow added an interception late in the game.

Dinwiddie moves on to play Monacan (9-2) in the next round. Monacan defeated Powhatan 26-6 on Friday.

Nick Vandeloecht contributed to this report.