Special seasons have a moment where a team can look back and see the turning point. On Friday night, Granby may have had their moment. The Comets came into the game with a 2-0 record and something to prove against Woodbridge of the Northwest Region. The Vikings brought in their blue chip lineman, DaShawn Hand, who’s ranked by many as the #1 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2014. Granby overcame the hype, and their own mistakes, to close the game out with decisive plays that earned them the win.
The Ocean Lakes Dolphins continued to impress Friday night, manhandling the Marlins 45 – 0. The Fins scored on each of their first half possessions with Brandon Simmons scoring once, Mike Dunston twice, and QB Corwin Cutler hooking up with both Mike Alston and Andre Dessenberg through the air. By halftime, Ocean Lakes had opened a 31 – 0 lead, and never looked back.
We’re now three or four games into the season, and things are starting to shape up. Just when you think you know who’s who and what to expect, several teams throw a wrench into the works.
A playwright couldn’t have written a better script. Two veteran coaches going toe to toe. One is the legend of the region with a roster loaded with college prospects. The other, inheriting a team that graduated a number of skilled seniors: an underdog. Just when you thought you knew how the season would play out, you get a plot twist.
The annual meeting between Oscar Smith and Indian River has the importance of a rivalry game. Though the rivalry has been lopsided for years (the Tigers have won every game for well over a decade), there’s still enough plenty of spirit between the two teams.
It was a game that no one wanted to lose. In the end, the Woodside Wolverines outlasted the Warwick Raiders, moving on to a 2-1 record while the Raiders fell to an unexpected 0-3. The loss now puts the Raiders in a hole if they’re going to make the playoffs.
The Phoebus Phantoms did what they do best on Thursday nights… win. Coach Stan Sexton’s team wasn’t flawless, but they didn’t need to be. After three quarters, the Phantoms had generated all of the offense and points that they needed for a convincing victory.
Tonight is light in terms of football in The 757, but there are a couple of interesting Peninsula District matchups that will give us a better idea of who’s truly on top of the district as we head toward the mid-point of the season. In Hampton, we have an interesting battle between two coaches that are very familiar with each other. At Todd Stadium, two Newport News schools face off in a game that might determine who’s the best team in the city.
Congratulations to Brice Tucker of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School for winning the Freedom Ford Player of the Week award. The award has been presented and photos from the event are posted in the gallery on recruit757.com!
ACC officials announced this morning that the conference is adding Notre Dame as the 15th member of the conference, expanding the league’s footprint and bringing a national presence to the league that’s been purely coastal up to this point. Football is not officially part of the equation, but ACC football schedules will have a lot of Notre Dame presence, and that’s good for the conference as a whole.