Williamson Hopes To Revive Hampton Pirates

With their NCAA penalties over, Hampton University head coach Donovan Rose is hoping for a fresh start. The prognosticators don’t expect big things from the Pirates. In the preseason polls, HU was picked 9th in the 11 team league. But with former Oscar Smith state champion quarterback J.J. Williamson expected to take over at quarterback, Coach Rose is hoping the Pirates can prove the naysayers wrong. “J.J. played sparingly as a freshman last year and he used to go in looking over his shoulder,” Rose said. ”

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Four Meandering Journeys To Liberty U.

With the move of Stony Brook University’s football program from the Big South Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association this fall, those remaining in the Big South, such as Liberty University, expect to benefit. There are four local players returning who saw playing time in 2012 for the Flames. Each, however, took a unique route after high school and before reaching Lynchburg.

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Lafayette Stands Tall

With the VHSL reclassification, Lafayette stands head and shoulders over a lot of teams. They’re playing a Bay Rivers District schedule, but as a Division 3 team that’s likely headed to the postseason, Andy Linn’s biggest concern has to be readying his team for November. No coach is going to admit that they’re looking ahead, but who could blame him.

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Green Run Senior Makes His Pick

Green Run’s Shaun James came out of practically nowhere into prominence this offseason because of his build and his upside. James played well for last year’s 2-8 Stallions, and this year the team is poised to make a big leap forward with him at defensive end and new Head Coach Jeff McGowan at the helm. All that upside, and offseason camp performances, led to college offers for James. Shaun looked at his options, made a verbal commitment, and can now move on to focusing on the season.

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Post-season All-Stars? VHSL Reclassification Creating More Questions

We’re headed into the football season, and it’s the first year with the new classification system set up by the VHSL. Coaches around the region are at varying levels of understanding regarding the implications of the new set up, and that’s created plenty of confusion. Scheduling was the first hurdle to jump, and the new playoffs have created questions as well. Coach Chris Fraser at Maury High School ran into scheduling problems of his own, and brings up yet more areas of uncertainly when it comes to the new plan.

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