Oscar Smith vs. Highland Springs (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Hurricane Dorian pushed many games to Saturday play
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The headline game of the day was a 7 p.m. Virginia Beach Sportsplex match up between nationally ranked Highland Springs and perennial power Oscar Smith. That game certainly lived up to the billing. We had quite a few other games dotting the schedule from Newport News to Hampton to Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Lake Taylor 45, Warwick 12
The Titans sprinted out to a 20-0 lead by scoring on their first three possessions. On the first play from scrimmage, Titan quarterback Jeff Foster scored on a 70-yard keeper that made a statement about how the day would go. Foster followed that with an 8-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion. The third score by Lake Taylor was a 32-yard punt return for a TD by Tyrique Edwards. A 23-0 halftime lead ballooned when Malik Newton scored two second half touchdowns. Warwick was led by senior wide receiver Jayden Watkins (3 receptions for 74 yards and a TD) and senior quarterback Isaiah Smith (3 for 7 passing for 66 yards and 1 INT; 59 receiving yards and a TD).
Woodside 32, Norview 14
Woodside took an early 14-point lead on a 3-yard rushing TD by Ryan Seigneurie before the end of the first quarter. Norview roared back in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown passes by Marqeese Dietz, including a 60-yarder.
The second half was all Woodside. Tyler Thompson scored on a 12-yard run with :45 seconds left in the third quarter to break a 14-14 tie. The Wolverines added two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach. The final propelled Woodside to a 2-0 record on the year while Norview dropped to 0-2.
Hampton 52, George Wythe 0
This game had all of the makings of a mismatch from the opening kickoff. Wythe had no more than 20 players on the sideline and the Hampton Crabbers gave Wythe Coach Jimmy Hart a rude welcome for his opener. Hampton took a 22-0 lead in the first quarter, managed another score before the half against a collapsing Bulldog defense. The second half saw Hampton pour on three more touchdowns with three two-point conversions.
Bethel 17, Heritage 7
Bethel was staked to an odd 4-0 lead on two safeties in Heritage’s first two possessions. The Bruins added to their slender lead soon after the second free kick, one which gave them possession at the Hurricane 31. Isaiah Smith’s 10-yard run was followed two plays later by Joel Hicks’ nine-yard run for a first down. This set up quarterback Caleb Beard (7-15, 108 yards), who called his own number from the seven-yard line, faking a hand off inside and bursting through the seam for a score.
Heritage answered with a touchdown that made the score 10-7 at the half. Isaiah Smith’s touchdown for Bethel was the lone score of the second half. Bethel dominated in the run game, rushing for 203 yards on 44 carries.
I.C. Norcom 42, Petersburg 22
Norcom turned a mistake prone opening game into a win by taking advantage of their team speed and by relying on their fourth-year starting quarterback Coby Smith. The big plays were there when needed.
The Greyhounds raced out to a 17-0 lead and didn’t give up a score to Petersburg until 5:18 in the second quarter when on fourth and long, quarterback Meziah Scott found wide receiver Teon Powell for a 40-yard touchdown connection. The first half ended at 17-8.
Daunte Brown put Norcom on the board to start the second half with a 24-yard TD reception to make the score 23-8. Petersburg chased the Greyhounds all afternoon to no avail.
Jacoby Smith finished the day 12 for 14 passing for 239 yards and 4 touchdown tosses. Karon Prunty led the Greyhound with two receptions, both for touchdowns, for a total of 79 receiving yards, plus a 50 yard punt return for a touchdown and an interception.
Booker T. Washington 38, Granby 20
Granby gave the Bookers a scare headed into halftime of a game that ended with Booker T. pulling away.
On the last play of the first half, Comet quarterback Irshad Parker connected with RaeMon Biddle who fumbled the ball at the one-yard line then pounced on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown that would make the score 25-14 at the half.
Granby then scored to open the third quarter on a Parker to Shannon Mason 10-yard touchdown pass. From there, Booker T. raced away with two second half scores to ice the game.
Rodney Hammond finished with 242 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the day for the Bookers.
Catholic 31, Woodberry Forest 16
The Crusaders hit the road and came back with a hard fought win.
Woodberry Forest jumped out to a 16-0 lead, but was stuffed as the Crusader offense went to work. Quarterback Colt Minson was 33 for 42 passing for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Nehki Meredith had a touchdown reception and a rushing touchdown in the effort.
Portsmouth Christian 48, Mathews 0
The home standing Patriots continued their winning ways, running their record to 3-0 on the season. PCS was led by Lake Taylor transfer running back Bubba Thomas who had 11 carries for 216 yards and three touchdown in the shutout win.
Tallwood transfer defensive back/wide receiver Taijon Yorkshire had two interceptions, including one that he returned for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Highland Springs 13, Oscar Smith 6
The game billed as a title bout lived up to its billing.
Oscar Smith controlled the game early with tough defense. Quarterback Ethan Vasko connected with Romon Copeland on a 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The Tigers took a 6-0 lead into halftime despite spending most of the second quarter in their own territory. Oscar Smith couldn’t move the ball much and several poor punts kept them pinned in until the break.
To open the third quarter, Highland Springs drove methodically downfield and capped a time eating drive with an 8-yard Jamareeh Jones keeper for a touchdown that tied the game at six. The Springers took six minutes and 30 seconds of time off the clock for that drive, then turned around and held the Tigers to a four-and-out. Oscar Smith would have only four plays in the third quarter.
A 12-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Jamel Johnson and the ensuing extra point put Highland Springs up 13-6. The Springers managed to stifle Oscar Smith and pull out the win on the road.
– Andy Hilton