One of Bucky Hodges’ favorite targets has made his college commitment. After months of deliberation, James Church has decided on his college home. His family can continue to watch him play, and that’s important to the Salem High School wideout.
Heritage running back Khalid Abdullah proved himself this year. There were doubters after last year’s campaign where Khalid seemingly came out of nowhere. He proved himself to be a durable back in gaining 1555 yards on 228 carries with 21 touchdowns, tops in the Peninsula District for the regular season.
For his fearless performance in Saturday’s State Semifinal game against C.D. Hylton of Woodbridge, Churchie Harold won this week’s Freedom Ford Player of the Week Award. It was a narrow vote, with almost 800 votes between Harold and Lake Taylor kicker/linebacker Marquise Poole, Churchie won the award by two votes.
It was almost a tale of two halves. Ocean Lakes came out from the start and completely dominated C.D. Hylton on the field in the first half. The Dolphins first quarter tally was all that they needed to win, but the shortage of points in the second half produced a dramatic finish in Virginia Beach.
It wasn’t planned, but it couldn’t have been scripted any better. Lake Taylor athlete Marquise Poole attempted his second field goal of the season and saved the day for the Titans. The Norfolk team hadn’t led all day, but they had the lead when it counted.
On an unseasonably warm start to the month of December, George Wythe traveled into Franklin and knocked off the undefeated Broncos 27 to 21. The Broncos were down early and never recovered.
The Eastern Region faces off against the Northwest Region today as Lake Taylor travels to Stafford County, just North of Fredricksburg, to play the Wolverines of North Stafford.
The Eastern Region faces off against the Northwest Region today as C.D. Hylton travels to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex to face our hometown Ocean Lakes Dolphins.
The 45th Annual Toyota Charity Bowl kicks off on Friday night as an event that’s bigger than ever. The game got its start as a sandlot game between friends on Thanksgiving Day. Gradually, the game grew until it became a formal event, pitting former high school stars against each other for a good cause.
While we’re all looking forward to Saturday’s State Semifinal games, take a moment to look back on last Friday night’s games in photos, courtesy of recruit757.com. We have photo galleries of Ocean Lakes’ win over Oscar Smith, Lake Taylor’s win over Phoebus, and a few photos from Franklin’s big win over Alta Vista.