#12 Landstown QB Chris Price (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Oscar Smith, Salem, Kellam, Maury and Norfolk Academy were a few of the teams with dominant performances on Friday night
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Playoff position was at stake for quite a few schools, and a lot of teams rose to the occasion. A few teams finished their seasons strong without playoff position to play for.
Maury 54, Granby 0
Rivalry night between Maury and Granby was a mis-match this year. Maury came in with only one loss and Granby came in winless. The Commodores did it on the ground and through the air with Alvonte Lawton commanding the offense to another high scoring win. The highlight of the evening was a 90-yard touchdown run by C.J. Beasley. Maury’s defense pitched their fourth shutout of the season and head into the playoffs on a roll, having outscored their opponents in their last five games by a total of 248-6. The Norcom Greyhounds were the only team to score on Maury in the back half of the season.
Salem 28, Green Run 0
The SunDevils shut out Green Run, winning for the 12th consecutive time in the series. The win was Salem’s second shut-out of the year and the eighth time in the season where they had held their opponent to less than 10 points. Salem led 21-0 at halftime and coasted to the win as Green Run never really threatened. The Stallions finished their season at 1-9 with their only win coming against Kempsville (0-10).
Kellam 63, Princess Anne 26
The Cavaliers limped to the finish line of a 2-8 season where Assistant Coach William Brummage took over interim coaching duties to close the campaign. Kellam’s win didn’t affect their playoff position, but they will come into the playoffs on a high note.
Joe Burris scored three touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 5, 48 and 33 yards. Kellam quarterback Owen Mitchell had two touchdown runs and threw two touchdown passes to Will Butler. Kellam finishes the season 5-5 and scored 116 points over their final three games.
Indian River 45, Western Branch 0
Indian River quarterback Dominique Brooks threw six first half touchdown passes and the Braves cruised to a quick and easy win over Western Branch. The Bruins finished 0-10 on the season for the first time in school history.
“It feels great to come out for my senior season, my last season, and go 10-0. It feels great. I couldn’t be more thankful,” said Brooks after the game.
With the win, Indian River clinched the Southeaster District title outright for the first time since the 1990s. The Braves also clinched the #1 seed in Region 5A and home field advantage for the entirety of the playoffs.
Oscar Smith 49, King’s Fork 10
Oscar Smith avenged last season’s loss to King’s Fork that broke a 99-game district winning streak by the Tigers.The Tigers pounced on the Bulldogs early. A Malcolm Britt interception set up a short touchdown run by senior quarterback Cam’ron Kelly for the opening score. Kelly connected with Joe Bray for a screen pass that turned into a 61-yard touchdown to make it 14-0. A 55-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Howard extended the lead, and a T.J. Tucker 24-yard touchdown run made it 28-0 mid-way through the second quarter.
Oscar Smith went into the locker room at halftime with a 42-2 lead. Kelly was 7 of 13 passing for 219 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. He sat for the second half as the Tigers cruised to the win.
Norfolk Academy 42, Norfolk Christian 0
The Bulldogs rolled up 489 yards of total offense in the road game shutout of TCIS rival Norfolk Christian.
Quarterback Drew Duffy threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in a win that locks in playoff position for Norfolk Academy in VISAA Division I while potentially knocking Norfolk Christian out of the Division II postseason.
Tallwood 21, Bayside 19
A failed two-point play late in the fourth quarter allowed Tallwood to hang on to a victory and snap a three-game losing streak.
Tallwood quarterback Sebien Stone was 14 of 19 passing for 132 yards as the Lions scored all their points in the first half. They raced to a 14-0 first quarter lead when senior return man Shy Banks took a punt back 65 yards for a touchdown.
Romel Armstrong caught a Tajae Pollard pass for a touchdown to narrow the gap to 21-7 before the half.
Bayside continued their rally in the second half, scoring 19 unanswered points. Pollard was 16 of 27 passing for 190 yards and three touchdowns, but the failed two-point conversion with 26 seconds left and a failed onside kick sealed the win for Tallwood.
Tallwood and Bayside both finished the season at 6-4 and hit the road for the first round of the Region 6A playoffs.
Cox 21, Landstown 18
With starting quarterback Tayvion Robinson out due to injury and a playoff berth locked in for the Falcons, Head Coach Bill Stachelski put Kendall Spriggins into the starter’s role and he shined.
Spriggins was 4 for 10 passing for 53 yards, plus he had eight carries for 54 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in the win. The Falcons held a narrow 14-12 lead in the fourth quarter before Kendall scored on a one-yard run with 4:50 left.
Cox finished the season at 8-2 while Landstown fell to 6-4 on the season. Both teams are headed to the Region 6A Playoffs.
Nansemond River 42, Grassfield 0
The Warriors ground game could not be stopped. It didn’t help that Grizzly starting quarterback Grant Swanger was injured in the first quarter.
Nansemond River piled up 340 rushing yards in the win and locked in a home game for the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors (7-3) will host Kecoughtan (7-3) next Friday night. Kecoughtan gutted out a 28-20 road win against Gloucester on Friday.
– Andy Hilton