#1 Khaleef Jimmison of Woodside and #11 Norview QB Marqeese Dietz (Photos: Thomas Matzke and Sarah Murphy/recruit757)
#10 Woodside (1-0) v. Norview (0-1) Preview: Will the Wolverines continue their winning streak or will the Pilots snag the upset?
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Norview vs. Woodside at Todd Stadium, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Last Meeting: First ever meeting for these two programs.
Last Time Out (Woodside): The Wolverines met up with Gloucester last week and although the Dukes were able to keep the contest close, they were still shutout by a strong Woodside defense. Woodside has now defeated Gloucester 17-consecutive times in a series no one is calling a rivalry anytime soon despite both teams calling home the same district home.
Last Time Out (Norview): Dealton Cotton took off the suit and tie after spending the last year wearing the Athletic Director’s hat only be decimated by a hungrier Nansemond River program. The last time the Pilots lost to the Warriors was back during the 1999 season by a score of 9-6. It’s also the second time in the history of its program that Nansemond River has been able to knock off Norview.
Woodside Key Players: Tyler Thompson (2020 QB 5-11 140), Ricky Key (2020 WR 6-0 153), Koa Naotala (2022 LB 5-10 190), and Tyreece White (2020 LB 5-11 200).
Norview Key Players: Marqeese Dietz (2021 QB 5-11 185), Camryn Wynder-Hill (2020 WR 5-9 160), Donovan Everette (2021 DE 6-2 195) and Alex Axton (2020 DL 6-0 215).
Wolverines Possession: Woodside is the program that’s going to show you exactly what they’re going to do on multiple occasions and there’s still a great chance that you won’t be able stop it. The goal is to pound the ball down your throat and then catch you off guard by incorporating a pass or two.
But against Gloucester last week, it ended up being a pass or four. The latter is the amount of times Ricky Key, Jr. was able to catch the secondary of Gloucester napping which equated to 124 reception yards. That’s slightly uncommon for a Woodside wide receiver to have that type of breakout game, but they took what the Dukes game them on defense. Look for the Wolverines to do exactly what they love to do and that’s facilitating the offense through senior quarter Tyler Thompson and Kahleef Jimmison. Thompson carried the ball three times coming away with one touchdown in the process while Jimmison completed 6-of-7 passes for 149 yards against the Dukes.
In total, Woodside was able to rush for 95 yards against a Gloucester defense that wasn’t giving up much space on the evening. In the same breath, Norview surrendered 343 yards on the ground to Nansemond River in which Brent Stratton and X’zavion Evans did most of the heavy lifting. For a team in Woodside that deploys a similar offensive scheme as Justin Conyers and the Warriors over at Nansemond River, their confidence should be through the roof this week.
Norview Possession: Despite getting manhandled by the Warriors last week, this is a Norview offense that is sneaky good. Now the defense didn’t give them a puncher’s chance, but that’s because every time you turned your head the Pilots had their offense right back on the football field.
Be that as it may, Norview showed glimpses of what its offense could look like if they can consistently keep their offense in motion. Junior quarterback Marqeese Dietz made a lot of magic happen behind center with his feet alone. Dietz combined with Taquan Trotman passed for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown receptions went to Camden Wynder-Hill who flipped for 185 yards on four receptions. The running game was virtually nonexistent for the Pilots as they collectively only rushed for 60 yards on the day.
The Wolverines hold a defense that isn’t going to sit there and let you pass all day on them. They only gave up 39 passing yards against Gloucester last week. Should the Pilots decided they’re going to try their hand with the passing game, know that guys like Andrew Chamblee, Kahleef Jimmison, and Avery Scott are going to be fighting over which one comes down with the ball. Norview will have to establish its running game if it’s going to have a chance at winning its first game of the season.
Verdict: Woodside was a little off kilter in terms of expectations against Gloucester last week. 95 yards on the ground is a number the Wolverines could eclipse in the first quarter alone any day of the week which is why I expect Woodside to come out a little more aggressive.
Meanwhile, the dress rehearsal is now over and Coach Cotton now has his first game out of the way. The 32-point margin of defeat is the worst of its kind for Cotton since the 2014 football season against Lake Taylor. If the Pilots offense begins to realize the trifecta it has in Dietz, Wynder-Hill, and Dion Davis the trio might be able to chink the armor of the Woodside defense. But if they can’t, this match up could get ugly real quick.
Final Score (Brandon): Woodside, 39-16.
– Brandon Mitchell