The defending champs were on the ropes. Oscar Smith had a 54 game district winning streak on the line, along with playoff seeding and pride. The Tigers were lethargic against King’s Fork for three quarters on Friday night. They managed to force overtime with seven seconds left, then had the guts to fend off the Bulldogs for the double overtime win.
It was a titanic match up in the Peninsula District. Phoebus had an undefeated season and a PD title on the line. Hampton wanted to top the Phantoms as they did last year, plus gain an advantage in the Division 5 playoff seeding. There were plenty of story lines, but none any bigger than simple pride.
We’re going into the final games for the season and this season’s rushing title seems to be wrapped up by Josh Marriner. Deion Stitt and Bayside have finished their regular season, so several quarterbacks have an opportunity to surpass his yardage totals with a good stat night tonight. Quin Blanding is in the same boat. It seems like he has the receiving yardage total wrapped up by far, but he’s sitting out this week, waiting for the postseason along with his Marlin teammates.
Congratulations to Oscar Smith quarterback Dashawn Blow for winning the Freedom Ford Player of the Week award. The award was presented to Josh yesterday, and photos from the event are posted in the gallery on recruit757.com!
In Region I, where the Bay Rivers teams compete, Division 4 comes down to the final week. Even though they’re on the outside now, Tabb is sitting in the driver’s seat with a chance to leapfrog #6 Jamestown if the Tigers can win tonight against Smithfield. Jamestown and Grafton are also fighting for their playoff chances in the final week.
We’re down to the final week of the regular season and what does that bring? Phoebus and Hampton, squaring off against one another once again. The Phantoms and the Crabbers are battling for the Peninsula District title and better seeding in the Division 5 playoffs.
Just days before his team’s season finale against Woodside, Ricky Walker has added his fifth college scholarship offer. The Bethel lineman is impressive, dominating on the line in his junior season, and evolving into an All-State caliber player.
We’re now in the final week of the season and there are still playoff spots up for grabs. In Division I, five teams are vying for the last playoff spot. In Division II, four teams are contending for three spots. In Division III, three programs are chasing the last playoff bid, and in Division IV, four teams are going after the last berth.
The nightcap of Tuesday’s Eastern District action featured two tightly contested games: one for playoff position, and one just for the pride of the two teams involved. Maury and Norcom are each battling for a playoff spot in Division 5. Norview was trying to close the season with a few wins while Wilson was looking to get their first win of the year.
A quirk of rescheduling gave the region Tuesday night football and some games that had playoff implications. Games originally scheduled in the Eastern District on Saturday were moved because of the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Tuesday night brought two double headers: one at Powhatan Field and one at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.