In Region I, Bay Rivers District teams get to square off against the best of the Southside and Battlefield districts. Fortunately for our home teams, there’s little on the schedule that sets them up to knock each other out early. In Division 4, there’s a chance we could see the bracket 75% filled by local teams after this week’s games are through.
Bethel’s season is not quite over, but lineman Ricky Walker is prepping for a busy offseason. College interest is steadily streaming in, and another ACC school has jumped into the mix. Walker may be focusing on the playoffs, but it’s clear that colleges in the region have turned their focus to him.
This week’s Freedom Ford Player of the Week is Salem running back Daijon Bland. Last Friday night, with starting quarterback Bucky Hodges on the sideline for the entire game, Salem Head Coach Robert Jackson turned to his running game. Bland was the key to the SunDevil offense in a resounding 48-7 win over Princess Anne High School.
Tallwood lineman T.J. Goosen is setting himself up for an active recruitment. As one of the anchors on the Tallwood line, he has ample opportunity to showcase his skills, but the Lions haven’t had a winning season in years. T.J.’s pro-activity will help him get the college attention he’s looking for, regardless of his team’s record on the field.
The brackets for Region I, featuring Smithfield, Grafton, Warhill, York, Lafayette and Poquoson are set. The Bay Rivers District has the opportunity to hold three of the four semifinal slots after this weekend’s game if their teams can take care of business in the opening round.
When it all came down to it, Cox and Granby won when they had to, but Granby held the advantage and made the playoffs. In Division 5, Nansemond River lost a nailbiter to Lakeland on Friday night, so Maury grabbed the #8 seed in spite of a loss to Granby on Saturday.
There’s still time to vote for this week’s Freedom Ford Player of the Week on recruit757. Throughout the regular season, fans have been able to select the Freedom Ford Player of the Week for the region from the nominees provided. Go to recruit757 on Facebook now to register your vote. The poll question is pinned to the top of the page.
It was a finale week rivalry game that had more at stake for the Comets. At 8-1, Granby needed the win in order to make the playoff. The Comets came through, disappointing the Cox Falcons in the process.
The last game at Kellam’s Ammons field saw a record-breaking performance. Unfortunately, for the Knights, it was a fantastic night for the visiting Ocean Lakes Dolphins. Two of the highest regarded seniors in the region proved it Friday night with wide receiver Andre Dessenberg scoring six touchdowns, and quarterback Corwin Cutler breaking the school record for touchdown passes.
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.