Now that we’re into the playoffs, we have a special edition of the Freedom Ford Player of the Week, for just a few weeks more. It’s a special edition! The playoffs are underway. Melvin Vaughn of Oscar Smith stood out in the eyes of the fans for a very special reason.
Warwick running back Cardon Johnson spent a good part of the season on the sideline watching his teammates play. A pinched nerve in his neck kept him out of the game, but that didn’t slow down demand for the tough as nails back. Cardon was still gathering offers in the middle of the season as he made his decision. This weekend, decision time came.
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It was a call that’s been a long time coming. Demetri McGill had a big hand in a big win for Ocean Lakes on Friday night over Western Branch, then headed north to catch a college game featuring his future team on Saturday. That’s where he made his commitment. McGill has confirmed his college destination.
In Group A Eastern Section Quarterfinal play on Friday, the undefeated Franklin Broncos played host to the 6-5 Covington Cougars. The Broncos have outscored their opponents this season by a near 450 point margin using numerous ball carriers. This game turned out to be a carbon copy of so many others from earlier in the season.
Division 5 and Division 6 semifinal games set up a “chalk” final Friday. Last night’s results gave us two nail biting finishes and two runaways, with the four winners having only one loss between them. If you want the best, you’ll get the best.
In Division 5, all of the favorites have advanced, leaving three familiar teams and an interloper who’s looking to make some noise. Hampton, Lake Taylor, and Phoebus were all in this position last year. Lakeland is the newbie who’s risen to new heights.
The Division 6 Playoffs were loaded and just got more interesting. Two top schools have quarterback woes, while Oscar Smith looks stronger after their season finale scare against King’s Fork. We’re down to four and expecting fireworks this weekend.
The Bay Rivers District was wild as always. The Smithfield Packers returned in a big way, and that showed in the All-District voting and in the voting for Coach and Player of the Year. The Packers finished at the top of the district, going 9-1 on the season just one year after going 1-9.
The Southeastern District has been home to some of the most exciting football in The 757 this year. Who foresaw the sudden success of King’s Fork? Western Branch had a resurgence of their own. Oscar Smith once again ruled the district when all was said and done, and they have a great amount of representation on the team.