Oscar Smith 2018 (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Action packed weekend as Hurricane Dorian causes multiple programs to prepare for Saturday football
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
#1 Highland Springs (1-0) at #8 Oscar Smith (0-0) Saturday, Virginia Beach Sportsplex at 7:00 pm
-Highland Springs is ranked #1 in the Recruit804 Power 10 and the Richmond Times-Dispatch for the Central Region. The Springers are also ranked #5 in the USA Today Super 25 Regional High School Football Rankings-
The Rundown: I guarantee you’ve never seen a program in South Hampton Roads that brings both the following and the allure that’ll come with Highland Springs on Saturday night. When they step off the bus you’ll feel a sense of fearlessness most teams just don’t emit. The Springers are working on a fifth-consecutive Class 5 state championship and nothing has stood in its way over the last four seasons. Highland Springs opened up the regular season hosting Avalon out of Maryland and sent them back home with a 44-13 whacking to think about. Oscar Smith will be looking to get its first win under first-year head coach Chris Scott under the guidance of Malcolm Britt, Romon Copeland, and Caleb Jones. The Tigers lost both Omega Williams and Joseph Bray over the offseason, but still have enough pieces to challenge in and out of the Southeastern District. This will indeed be the Tigers biggest challenge they face all season even with Indian River looming on September 28, but nothing worth having comes easy.
Brandon: Highland Springs, 38-13.
#1 Lake Taylor (1-0) at Warwick (1-0) Saturday, Todd Stadium at 1:00 pm
The Rundown: Lake Taylor put on a great display against the Phantoms last Saturday, but it knows it has a lot more work to do to reach the stride of last year’s championship caliber program. Tyrique Edwards, Jeff Foster, and Tyrique Tucker were huge reasons why the Titans were able to get the road victory. Warwick hasn’t had success against Lake Taylor losing its only two match ups back in 2008 and 2009 by a combined score of 27-51. However, Corey Hairston has the Raiders on track after blanking Denbigh to start the season 34-0. A win for Warwick would be great for its confidence, the Raiders will play flawless football and even that may not be enough.
Brandon: Lake Taylor, 37-13.
Norview (0-1) at #10 Woodside (1-0) Saturday, Todd Stadium at 4:30 pm
The Rundown: The first week of the season didn’t go as well as Norview hoped it would go and it doesn’t get any easier as the Pilots visit Todd Stadium to take on Woodside. Norview looks to prevent itself from jumping into a 0-2 hole while the Wolverines will be looking to climb to 2-0 to open the season for the first time since 2014. Look for Ricky Key to try to continue his breakout season while Marqeese Dietz looks to get the Pilots back on track. Both of these programs will be seeing each other on Saturday for the very first time. See more on the game here.
Brandon: Woodside, 27-14.
George Wythe (0-1) at Hampton (1-0) Saturday, Darling Stadium at 2:00 pm
The Rundown: Hampton starting quarterback Max Pietrykowski has been betting on himself and the Crabbers since the start of last season. He was able to lead Hampton to a 34-0 drubbing over a Kecoughtan team it lost to 17-7 last year. That spells growth for a Crabbers program that was only able to muster four wins last season. George Wythe has been a kicking rock for the Central Region over the last 15 seasons mustering only four wins over said time span. The Bulldogs aren’t getting the Crabbers at the most opportune time as Hampton will look to dominate George Wythe come Saturday afternoon.
Brandon: Hampton, 45-6.
Heritage (0-1) at Bethel (0-1) Saturday, Darling Stadium at 6:00 pm
The Rundown: Bethel has to be elated that it won’t be seeing Keandre Lambert, Darian Varner, and E.J. Gibson on the opposite side of the field on Saturday. It was a throw away game against Maury on last Saturday that watched the Bruins surrender 56 points which was the most for its program since giving up 63 points to Hampton in 2010. The Bruins will host Heritage in whom they knocked off last season 14-7. Heritage is coming off of a week one loss to Warhill in a contest in which looked as though the Hurricanes had things under control early. Bethel should be easier to crack as new head coach Fabian Davis could be looking at his first win.
Brandon: Heritage, 27-20.
Granby (0-1) at Booker T. Washington (0-1) Saturday, Davidson Field at 1:00 pm
The Rundown: John Champe was only nine points away from knocking off Tuscarora last year in the Class 5C quarter-finals so Booker T. knew that it was in for a challenge last week. Be that as it may, the Bookers will be looking to get its first win of the season against Granby on Saturday. The Comets will attempt to return to their 2017 form which is the last time they were able to know off the Bookers. Granby opened the season last week with a 21-0 loss to Menchville which was the fifth time dating back to last season that the Comets have been shut out. Both programs are desperate for a win, but Larry Archie may have to wait at least one more week before he gets his first one with the Comets.
Brandon: Booker T. Washington, 31-6.
Petersburg (1-0) at Norcom (0-0) Saturday, Langston Stadium at 2:00 pm.
The Rundown: The Crimson Wave were able to knock off Armstrong last week to the tune of a 71-16 final. It was the most points Petersburg has been able to put on the board since 1916 and just the second time in school history the Crimson Wave eclipsed the 70-point plateau. Starting quarterback Meziah Scott was pulled after completing 6-of-11 passing for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Teon Harris was the recipient of 103 of those yards and two receiving touchdowns. Petersburg matches up with a Norcom program that will be playing its first game without Larry Archie on the sidelines in the last 13 years. Prospects such as Taurus Jones and CaSaan Dixon have moved on while Antwaun Powell transferred out to Indian River. This is still a program that holds great talent with Jacoby Smith, Karon Prunty, and Demonte Dunlap leading the way. While everyone will be largely focused on Highland Springs/Oscar Smith, this match up at Langston Stadium should easily be the matchup of the weekend.
Brandon: Norcom, 32-20
– Brandon Mitchell