We inch closer to the playoffs, and Friday night’s games held some decisive outcomes that will very likely determine postseason placement.
It was a game that was set up as a huge Southeastern District showdown. That hype was alive for a quarter, maybe two. Western Branch got the opening score and the closing score. Everything in between was all Oscar Smith.
VIRGINIA BEACH – Halting QB Shelton Beale two yards shy of the century mark rushing on a 4th down keeper, Cox survived an energized Princess Anne effort by running out the final 3:06 on the Cavaliers’ homecoming.
It’s obvious that the Peninsula schools emphasize the run. The Southside schools have been far more prolific in yardage and scoring this season, and it shows in the stats. The few Peninsula schools that have been putting up big stats have been spreading the production over more players.
Congratulations to Deep Creek Quarterback Terrence Shambry, II for winning the Freedom Ford Player of the Week award. The award was presented to Terrence yesterday, and photos from the event are posted in the gallery on recruit757.com!
There are several hot matchups on the Southside tonight, with playoff implications abounding. There are four undefeated teams left on the Southside, and only one is in action Friday night. Not every eye will be focused on Grassfield’s game against Lakeland however.
The Sonny Merchant era at Gloucester High School is over. Merchant stepped down as the Dukes’ head coach yesterday, citing personal reasons. Yesterday’s practice was run by the assistant coaches and as of now, no replacement has been announced.
The ODU Monarchs play a scheduled loaded with Conference USA opponents in 2014 as they make their transition to playing D1 FBS Football. In 2013 however, their dance card is woefully empty. It’s a limbo year in terms of their transition. According to published reports, the Monarchs get a needed boost by adding a road game at ACC blueblood North Carolina to next year’s schedule.
Tonight’s schedule features a few games that look to be obvious picks on paper. Warwick hosts perennial powerhouse Hampton, and Phoebus meets Denbigh at Darling Stadium. Playoff implications are now becoming clearer.
There’s now four weeks left in the regular season and the countdown to the playoffs is on. Teams from the Bay Rivers District are jockeying against teams from the Battlefield District and Southside District for playoff position. At the Division 2 and Division 1 level, the playoffs have already been adapted so that 32 teams from each level across the state make the playoffs, filling the opening round with more mismatches and more cross state travel.