Phoebus Head Coach Jeremy Blunt set the tone for the day in his morning interview
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
When Hopewell took on Southampton last year in the first-round of the playoffs at home, way at the top of the bleachers on the home side sat Phoebus head coach Jeremy Blunt and his coaching staff. After the Blue Devils knocked off Southampton, Coach Ricky Irby and his coaching staff made their way to Darling Stadium to repay the favor as the Phantoms were able to pull away from Booker T. Washington. The two visits would eventually pay off more for Hopewell as they were able to defeat the Phantoms 7-6 at Darling Stadium and go on to knock off Heritage (Lyn) in the 3A state championship game.
We are now seven months removed from Phoebus exiting the playoffs and they’ve been working diligently over the off-season to make sure they don’t duplicate the same results. On National Signing Day the Phantoms said goodbye to Tim Young (Howard), Damion Charity (Old Dominion), Dequandre Edwards (West Virginia Wesleyan), Juan Purdie (West Virginia Wesleyan) and Daniel Wright (UVA-Wise). Starting offensive lineman Terrance Slade would go on and to commit to Bobby Rome and Virginia University of Lynchburg near the end of March.
Replacing the parts lost will be difficult, but the Phantoms live by a decree which takes rebuilding out of the equation so they can focus more so on reloading on top of talent they’ve already developed. Prospects at Phoebus have benefitted greatly from the effort their coaching staff has placed on putting collegiate coaches directly in their backyard.
We’ve seen this more and more on at the high school level from Hampton Roads, through the Central Region and all the way up to Northern Virginia. Coach Blunt made sure the Phantoms were fully prepared for the Battlefield Shootout 7-on-7 Football Tournament this past Saturday at York High School. The end result was that Phoebus walked away champions of the Gold Bracket. recruit757 got the chance to connect with Coach Blunt right at the onset of his day as the Phantoms were preparing for their first round-robin matchup.
“Everything is about details. Details within the philosophy. Movements, mental focus, your process prior to the snap… those are things that a fast paced day like today will help you establish. It’s going to put you in some moments where there will be some critical moments, there will be some pressure moments, but these are moments that don’t really count,” said the coach. “We can put these guys in a situation right now where it doesn’t count, but they are pressure moments. We can teach them up and coach them up to make fast adjustments on the fly.”