Tonight’s schedule features a few games that look to be obvious picks on paper. Warwick hosts perennial powerhouse Hampton, and Phoebus meets Denbigh at Darling Stadium. Playoff implications are now becoming clearer.
There’s now four weeks left in the regular season and the countdown to the playoffs is on. Teams from the Bay Rivers District are jockeying against teams from the Battlefield District and Southside District for playoff position. At the Division 2 and Division 1 level, the playoffs have already been adapted so that 32 teams from each level across the state make the playoffs, filling the opening round with more mismatches and more cross state travel.
Another week has gone by, and the playoff races seem to stratify. The cream is rising to the top. We have some big games yet to be played in both Division 5 and Division 6…. Here’s a look at the race to the playoffs.
Norfolk Public Schools released their revised schedule of home games for high school football. All Friday night home games for Norfolk schools have been moved to Saturday afternoons for security reasons related to the shooting death of Lake Taylor student David L. White. The move affects all regular season games for the remainder of the season.
If the playoffs started today, it wouldn’t look good for the Private Schools of The 757. Hampton Christian has joined Norfolk Christian, Broadwater, Isle of Wight Academy and Greenbrier Christian as teams currently in line for a playoff berth. Bishop Sullivan, Hampton Christian, Nansemond-Suffolk, Hampton Roads Academy, and Norfolk Academy are still in position to make a move.
This week’s Freedom Ford Player of the Week is sophomore quarterback Terrence Shambry, II who led his Deep Creek Hornets to a win after a 15 game losing streak. Shambry narrowly won the vote over Bayside senior quarterback Deion Stitt.
James Madison had what could be called their best recruiting class ever in their Class of 2012 haul. The Dukes are looking to repeat the feat with the Class of 2013. They added their first commit from The 757 over the weekend when the played host, and won a close game over CAA rival Towson.
There’s still time to vote for the Freedom Ford Player of the Week on recruit757. Throughout the regular season, fans will select the Freedom Ford Player of the Week for the region. Go to recruit757 on Facebook now to register your vote.
We’re now at the point of the season where we’re eyeing playoff teams. Saturday’s pairing of Bethel vs. Heritage gave both teams the opportunity to earn Power Points and improve their lot for the playoffs. Bethel made it in with three losses last season. They don’t have much room for error from this point forward.
Both Franklin and Sussex Central continued their dominance on Friday night as they edge closer to a late season showdown in the Tri-Rivers District. The two teams are undefeated now, and they’ve mowed through their opponents all season.