Strength In Numbers For the Gators This Year

The Greenbrier Christian Gators graduated what could be called the best senior class GCA has ever had. With the departure of Ty Smith and Bryce Myers, Coach Donnie Simpson is not worried about the upcoming season. A few things will look different for the Gators, the flex bone that Gator fans have come accustomed to will change into the wishbone. The lack of big stars on this years team has forced the Gators to spread out and get the ball to the skilled kids on the outside.

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Football Is Underway!

It’s the first of August and football season has officially started in The 757. A number of teams started their practices today. Some even held team building events by sleeping at school and hitting the field at midnight. Dealton Cotton’s Norview Pilots were practicing at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday while most other football players were asleep. Still others were up early as some local programs hit the field at 7 a.m.

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Lowe Preps For Season, Preps For Decision (VIDEO Exclusive!)

Jasmine Amiker of recruit757 caught up with Grassfield running back Vincent Lowe at Old Dominion’s Team Camp last week, just a day before his teammate Isaiah Harper committed to the Monarchs. Jasmine and Vincent talked about his rebound from injury, his preparation for the season, and his decision process when it comes to his scholarship offers. Here’s the scoop, including exclusive video from recruit757:

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Speller Adds Another Offer

Camp season has ended and two-a-days are just about ready to start. The camp season is still having a positive affect on local players, and that’s proven with Kempsville defensive end Kyron Speller. Speller camped at Old Dominion’s team camp last week and James Madison’s team camp the week before. That college exposure has earned him a new scholarship offer.

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Future Watch: Tyler DeSue

Sometimes, up and coming talent is hard to ignore. There might be two more varsity starters at quarterback for Ocean Lakes before Tyler DeSue rises up, but he’s almost certain to make an appearance soon. The gunslinger who has one more year at middle school ahead of him has had a fantastic summer, and it culminated with a hot performance at FBU’s Top Gun Camp in Dublin, Ohio last week.

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Schedule Preview: Peninsula District

By now, most of us know that the districts are gone. Football programs have extended their district arrangments for the purpose of scheduling for the next two years. That means that all teams in the Peninsula district will have nine guaranteed matchups, with only one game to schedule “out-of-district”. Since all former Peninsula District teams have ten games, they’ll all have their schedule set for the fall of 2013 and 2014.

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Team Camp Gives Programs A Jump On The Season

For most teams, two-a-days start on Thursday with the start of August. At Powhatan Field on Monday morning, it was a sea of blue, white, and orange as several teams got together to get early work in. Colleges have team camps at the end of July in order to get players some extra work in pads and helmets, plus they can get coached and assessed by college coaches. This team camp provided the extra work in a competitive environment, as a bonus experience for the players.

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Goosen Adds New Offer

Tallwood offensive lineman Theo “T.J.” Goosen is seeing his recruitment pick up as summer camp season winds down. Most of the schools showing big interest have been the type of colleges that are slower to move on prospects. Because of this, Goosen has done a lot of camping and had a lot of unofficial visits. College coaches are sold on the 6-5 270 pound tackle, especially since his academics are outstanding. All he needs is a little kick start, and it looks like the offers will start rolling in.

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Schedule Preview: Eastern District

Again, we’re going to go into this year treating the programs as though they’re playing a district schedule. The VHSL reclassified all high school programs earlier this year, and the new classifications are effective with the start of the new school year. In football, all teams generally agreed to keep their district schedules in order to make scheduling easier for the next two years. For the schools of the former Eastern District, that means seven games of “the usual” and three new games for the schedule. That has presented problems for two schools.

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