Petersburg, VA (WWBT)- Petersburg took the field on Friday night to kick off its regular season at least one week ahead of its local counterpart and was able to earn a victory in a game that went down to the wire.
The Crimson Wave nipped GW Danville on Friday, 34-33, to go to 1-0 on the season and get a big momentum boost to start out their 2011 schedule. Petersburg got going right away, as Jordan Benjamin took the opening kickoff and returned it to the Eagle 25 yard line, and the Wave would capitalize. Levy Jones found Kwaneef Robinson from 25 yards out on just the second play from scrimmage to give Petersburg the early 7-0 lead. GW would charge back and take a 14-7 lead, but Marion Harris stopped another scoring threat with a 90 yard interception return for a touchdown, making it 14-13 Eagles after a missed PAT attempt. Travis Jones would answer for the opposition, scoring his second TD of the night, extending the Eagle lead to 20-13. There was no quit in Mike Scott's team, however, as they fought back to earn the one point victory.
Petersburg is now 4-0 in season openers under Scott, but this game was the strangest of the four games. The two teams combined to commit 12 turnovers on the night.
The Crimson Wave will be back in action on September 9 when they travel to Huguenot.