Oscar Smith head coach Chris Scott (Video Still: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Chris Scott will succeed Scott Johnson as the new football coach at Oscar Smith High School
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It appears that the Oscar Smith Tigers are in good hands.
After the 2018 football season, Coach Scott Johnson announced that he would step down after two seasons as the head coach at Oscar Smith.
There was a buzz about who would succeed Johnson and what the future held for Oscar Smith. After all, since the arrival of Coach Richard Morgan in the early 2000’s, Smith has been a juggernaut. The Tigers had a 99-game Southeastern District winning streak going until the King’s Fork Bulldogs broke the streak at the end of the 2017 regular season.
Johnson’s record was 23-5 as the head coach of the Tigers. His coaching career spanned 40 years.
Much is expected of Chris Scott.
Coach Scott went 15-11 as the head coach of Bishop Sullivan Catholic in an effort that elevated that program to a national level, playing powerhouse teams like IMG and the Peddie School. Scott led Ocean Lakes High School for eight seasons and compiled an 86-10 record there, appearing in two state championships and winning one.
“It feels great to be a Tiger. I’ve been a Hampden-Sydney Tiger and to get a chance to mix it up here with the Oscar Smith Tigers, I couldn’t be more proud,” said Scott as he addressed the media on Monday afternoon. “This was pretty much a no-brainer in the world of football. More importantly, football gives us an avenue to impact student-athletes. The tradition, the culture, the vision and the passion that this entire community wants in terms of pursing athletics and pursuing football…. they place a premium on it here and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Oscar Smith had a three-year streak of reaching the state championship game come to an end last year. The Tigers managed to defeat a gritty Colonial Forge team three times, but fell in multiple overtimes to Westfield High School of Chantilly three-times in the final. The Tigers have shown they can beat the best teams from around the state, but Westfield has been a thorn in the side of Smith. The new structure of Class 6 practically guarantees that a team from Region A will have to beat two teams from Northern Virginia now to win the state championship.
“My expectation is to get to game 15. That’s where we see eye to eye here. That’s their expectation as well. They do a great job year in and year out with the talent, and the support of the administration, in making sure that they get there. I just hope to continue to help them get there frequently and stay in there and make that long trip back home one that (includes) bringing back that championship trophy.”
Oscar Smith’s last state championship was in 2011. They’ve appeared in the Class 6 State Championship game five times this decade.
The Tigers will open their 2019 football season with a home game against four-time Class 5 defending state champion Highland Springs on Labor Day weekend. The Springers were 15-0 in 2018 and will come to Chesapeake with a 29-game winning streak on the line in this year’s season opener.
– Andy Hilton