Ocean Lakes vs. Cox (Photo: Mary Ann Magnant/recruit757)
Football season starts tonight in the 757 with a limited slate of action
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
All Beach District games are being played tonight ahead of the Labor Day weekend, plus Darling, Todd, Bailey Field and Wanner Stadium host games since there are multiple home games at those venues this week. Tonight’s games in the 757 are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019
Cox (0-0) at #5 Ocean Lakes (0-0), 7:00 p.m. – Cox is without their two major play makers from 2018. Jackson Morgan (USMMA) and Tayvion Robinson (VT) have graduated, and that leaves the success of Coach Bill Stachelski’s Cox team to the fate of executing their scheme as opposed to relying on star power. Ocean Lakes is starting anew at the quarterback position where Josh Brown takes over for Xander Jedlick (CNU). Ocean Lakes has more weapons returning and should cruise if they’re executing the game plan properly.
Landstown (0-0) at #8 Salem (0-0), 7:00 p.m. – This rivalry game is always hot, and it will be interesting to see which team can come in like they’re in mid-season form. The Sun Devils and Eagles are well coached. This game will be a duel between lead running backs Luqman Haskett (Landstown) and Kaelon Black (Salem). The defenses should be ahead of the offenses, so the team that can break the big play should win.
Princess Anne (0-0) at Kempsville (0-0), 7:00 p.m. – Which new coach will prove himself? James Yeager inherited a Princess Anne team with a lot of young talent who’s yet to break into the win column in a big way. Daryl Cherry inherited a downtrodden team on a 52-game losing streak. The winner here gets a big boost to start the season. Keep an eye on Tony Grimes, who is a national level recruit and ranked by some services as the number one cornerback nationally in the recruiting class of 2021.
Green Run (0-0) at Tallwood (0-0), 7:00 p.m – Tallwood has won this match up in each of the last four meetings. Last year, the two played a disjointed affair that was interrupted by thunderstorms and played in two parts, in two different weeks. The game went to overtime with the Lions pulling out the win. Considering that Tallwood is very young and Green Run is on the rise, the Stallions could be favored in this one.
Kellam (0-0) at First Colonial (0-0), 7:00 p.m. – Here you have a veteran coach in Chris Dewitt running a time-tested Wing-T offense vs. a relative newcomer in Coach Carlos Martinez. First Colonial has the longest running streak of failing to reach the playoffs. There are plenty of state champions at FC, but the football team has missed out on the success. Kellam has won the last seven meetings between the two.
Kecoughtan (0-0) vs. Hampton (0-0), 7:00 p.m. at Darling Stadium – see Justin Russell’s preview of this game.
Warwick (0-0) vs. Denbigh (0-0), 7:00 p.m. at Todd Stadium – they’re Newport News rivals. Believe it or not, Warwick only has a two-game winning streak going against the Patriots. Denbigh hasn’t won a game since the middle of 2016 season, and that win came against… you guessed it, the Warwick Raiders. Denbigh’s losing streak sits at 25 games.
Colonial Forge (0-0) at Grassfield (0-0), 7:00 p.m. – this one could make for a bad start for the Grizzlies. It’s meant to be an early season challenge for Grassfield, but Coach Marty Asprey’s team hasn’t grown into it yet. Two years ago, when the series was initiated, Colonial Forge raced out to an early lead and called off the dogs in the second quarter in a 42-0 win. Last year, storms shortened the game resulting in an early 28-0 finish. The Eagles are a state championship contender once again this year while Grassfield is fighting for a spot in the top half of the Southeastern District.
Hopewell (0-0) vs. Tabb (0-0), 7:00 p.m. at Bailey Field – these two teams started this series in 2015 and every time it’s been an easy win for Hopewell. In 2018, the Blue Devils won 41-0, marking the first time Tabb was held scoreless in the series. Hopewell is just a year removed from a State Championship and Coach Ricky Irby has his team primed for another run.
Heritage (0-0) vs. Warhill (0-0), 7:00 p.m. at Wanner Stadium – both teams experienced coaching changes this year, but Warhill has had time to get accustomed to Jerome Rhodes. Heritage just saw Fabian Davis get elevated to the head position last week. Davis is expected to be a force of continuity for the Hurricanes. Heritage lost to Warhill twice in 2018, which includes a blow that knocked them out of the Region 4A playoffs.
Booker T. Washington (0-0) at John Champe (0-0), 6:00 p.m – this is a big road test for the Bookers. If they’re going to be ready for the playoffs, this game could help them in a big way, win or lose. This pair has faced off four times and each has been a lopsided win for Champe. In the past two years, they’ve played mid-season. This year, the Bookers change it up by drawing John Champe right out of the gate.
– Andy Hilton