Outside of the streak ending win by Princess Anne, there were some other big story lines and big games on Friday night. Grassfield survived a nailbiter. Oscar Smith bounced back. Granby continued winning. Phoebus rolled, and Western Branch made a statement.
The Beach District was full of excitement on Friday night. Favorites Ocean Lakes, Bayside and Salem all came away with victories, but the biggest story involved the end of “the streak”.
Tonight’s the first night of the season with a practically full slate of games. Everyone has at least one game under their belts and the butterflies should have subsided. There are several marquee games on the schedule tonight, including a few early rivalry games. Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s action.
Maury Head Coach Chris Fraser promised they were making strides with the football program. The Commodores came through on Thursday night, surprising last year’s Peninsula District Champs and showing that Maury Football is on the rise again.
Lake Taylor won last week 41-0. Bethel won last week 41-0. What do you get when those two teams meet in the second week of the season? Another blowout. The Titans came in as a favorite. Very few had the expectation that Lake Taylor would win by more than seven touchdowns.
The Indian River Braves are working hard to improve on a 2011 season that they see as an off year. The Braves were loaded with talent, but didn’t put the pieces together last season. The talent is there again this year. Can Indian River show improvement in the W-L column?
This week gives us our sixth year in a row of Peninsula District vs. Eastern District matchups with two of the games running on Thursday night. Maury hosts Woodside at Powhatan Field in Norfolk while Bethel hosts Lake Taylor at Darling Stadium in Hampton.
Gloucester football has had a tough run in the Peninsula District. They haven’t had a winning season in more than a decade. They last hit the five win mark in 2005. Before that, it was 2000 when they also went 5-5. Nothing’s easy for the Dukes when they have to come down and play teams from Newport News and Hampton.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Deep Creek Hornets hit a low last year when the team went winless. They have a new outlook in 2012 and new hope of winning with former Grassfield Assistant Coach Calvin Copeland in the fold as the head coach of the football program. It may take some time, but this program’s going to turn around.
Ocean Lakes lineman Alex Skidmore is an imposing figure. The Dolphin tackle is excelling on the field and in the classroom, with a selection as an All-Beach District second teamer in 2011 and a perfect SAT score to boot. He’s a role model to his classmates and now all of the hard work is paying off. Alex landed his first athletic scholarship offer this weekend.