King William showed a spark Thursday evening, scoring first against a Bruton team that had gone winless for its past 19 games.
The Cavaliers started the first quarter with a Corey Stewart interception. The offense, quarterbacked by Lance Alfonso, pushed the ball downfield, setting up a Marc Gresham run into the endzone.
“We started the game tough and aggressive, especially on defense, but as the game wore on we became tired and made too many mental and physical mistakes,” Cavaliers Coach Dylan DeHart said.
The Cavaliers ultimately gave up the lead, losing 28-14. That places them 0-2 on the season. Bruton is now 1-0 under new head coach Tim Smith.
“I know we are 0-2, but this team has the best attitude that has been around here for a long time,” DeHart said. “We show flashes of brilliance, but our youth and inexperience doesn’t allow us to do it for an entire game. If we can do that, we will get back on the winning track.”
Cavalier Colby Anderson intercepted a second Bruton pass in the first half, although it did not lead to a score. Bruton’s offense started to show up late in the first half, scoring two touchdowns, including a 39-yard drive.
“Those two late touchdowns really killed us, and we were never able to recover,” DeHart said.
At halftime, Bruton led 14-6.
King William threatened to score in the fourth quarter when Panther Josh Uvodich’s intercepted a wayward pass and ran 85 yards for a touchdown that pushed Bruton ahead three touchdowns.
Down 28-6, backup Cavalier quarterback Winston Jackson hit Colby Anderson for a touchdown, and Tyler Kirby added the two-point conversion on a run up the middle.
The Cavaliers will face rival Essex at 7 p.m. at home Friday.
“These kids are young and for many of them it is their first varsity experience,” DeHart said. “We just need to learn from these first two games and continue to work hard, I know we can turn this around.”
Virginia Gazette reporter Kellen Hotzman contributed to this report.