The Bethel Bruins had a good run last year, but it’s time to retool. The Jeff Nelson era is over and the Bubba Hooker era officially begins. Hooker was the field coach for the Bruins last year. Now the team is officially his. There will be a wholesale change in the offensive scheme, but winning is definitely in the plan.
Lake Taylor was quite simply a point away from a possible State Championship in 2011. Their narrow loss to eventual State Champion Phoebus in the Division 5 Eastern Region Semifinal last November was heartbreaking. This is the year that the Titans hope to break through.
Bruton High School is a small school wonder in the Bay Rivers District. With a VHSL enrollment figured at 670, Bruton is a little more than half the size of some of their biggest district opponents like Grafton, Jamestown, Smithfield and Tabb, who nearly reach 1300 students. Coach Tracy Harrod led the Panthers to a 5-5 record, one season removed from an 8-2 season. Bruton lost in the State Championship game by only three points in 2009. Are they ready to rise again?
Just a few years off of five straight TCIS Championships, Norfolk Academy is rebuilding. The Bulldogs reeled off five championship seasons in a row from 2004 to 2008, but have been oddly quiet since. Head Coach Steve Monninger has been brought in to change that.
Old Dominion continues to be proactive when it comes to recruiting Hampton Roads. The latest offer from the Monarchs goes out to an ex-Beach District star who’s decided to go the private school route this year.
First Colonial took a big step forward last year under new Head Coach Sam Scarborough. Actually, it’s his second stint with the Patriots, but in 2011 they managed to finish with a winning record and they finished the season with a win over rival Cox. What’s in store for this year?
Local teams are prepping for the season and so is recruit757! We have the week captured in pictures, from practices at Deep Creek, Churchland, Hampton, Warwick, Lakeland, and many more to the scrimmages between Booker T. and Ocean Lakes, Hickory and Churchland, Norcom and Bayside… the list goes on.
The Grassfield Grizzlies found themselves in the Division 6 playoffs once again last year. It’s been five years since the founding of the school and the start of the program. In the first year, Grassfield failed to win a game. In every year since, they’ve been in the playoffs.
Portsmouth Christian football is a relatively new program. They get a new start this fall under new Head Coach Marcus Cutler. The Patriots were in the VISAA Division 3 playoffs just two years ago, and they’re looking to get back there quickly.
Hampton Crabbers Coach Mike Smith has been around the block a few times. He’s coached the Crabbers for 40 years. With that comes an approach that some might call “old school” and others would call “cynical”, Smith has a traditional approach to preparing for the season. His team is expected to win. That being said, he’s not offering up any bulletin board material for his opponents.