The Western Branch Bruins are a heritage program that had fallen on hard times. When Athletic Director Mark Didawick stepped in to turn the tide, his selection of Greg Gibson couldn’t have been better. Gibson came to the area from California. In one season, he turned around the Norview football program, taking them from a winless 2010 to a 2011 season that almost saw them make the playoffs. Big things are expected from Western Branch in 2012. The cupboards are certainly full with talent.
Congratulations to this week’s Freedom Ford Player of the Week, Anthony Scott of Green Run. In the fan voting, Scott narrowly edged Ocean Lakes quarterback Corwin Cutler. All of the nominees had astounding weeks, but Scott took the prize by carrying his team to victory over Princess Anne.
Warwick Head Coach Juan Jackson has his squad ready again. This year’s Raiders may not be as big, but they’re just as athletic and Coach Jackson feels like they’re smarter this year. Warwick has had the good fortune of making it to the playoffs five years running. In the last two years, the Raiders have had to face Phoebus in the first round of the playoffs and they’ve fallen. This week, they get a chance to avenge those losses when they face the Phantoms in their opening game.
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Both teams came in with a lot to prove. Both teams were well coached. Oscar Smith had the home crowd. Ultimately, experience at quarterback made the difference.
Tonight, it’s the only game in town. There’s no college football. No other high school games. Once again, the Oscar Smith Tigers play on national television, and this time it’s on the big network: ESPN. This is no ESPNU game. You can see it on the big screen, in hi-def. What you’ll miss though, might be the biggest opportunity yet to root on the hometown Tigers against another nationally ranked opponent who comes in determined to embarrass Oscar Smith.
It wasn’t a perfect performance, but the I.C. Norcom Greyhounds looked ready for prime time. Penalties stacked against Norcom, but the Greyhounds controlled the game and cruised against Wilson on Friday night.
The football season kicked off on Friday night and excitement levels were high. New coaches, new faces and new opportunities abounded as teams began the race toward the 2012 playoffs.
The “Turtle” made quick work of the Tallwood Lions Friday night at the Va Beach Sportsplex. Corwin Cutler tossed for more than 300 yards and 4 touchdowns…in the first half.
King’s Fork Football may be at a crossroads. Their current crop of seniors will be expected to deliver big results in 2012. Few schools in the region can boast two high level Division I commitments at this stage of the game. Head Coach Joe Jones has developed his squad into a program that is capable of getting into the playoffs, where they’ve never been before. They just have to believe.