Portsmouth Christian RB Bubba Thomas fends off a Seahawk (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Five Chase Harsh TDs lead Portsmouth Christian
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Saturday brought a rare taste of high school football to the 757 as Portsmouth Christian hosted Atlantic Shores.
The Metro Conference foes are two of the few high schools in the entire state who opted to have a fall football season.
The common theme between both teams is an influx of transfer talent. Portsmouth Christian is boosted by the transfer of lineman Toriano Combs and running back Assad Brown from Deep Creek, plus Life Christian lineman Omega Williams, who played at Oscar Smith earlier in his high school career.
Atlantic Shores is buoyed by the arrival of quarterback Damien Mazil (Kellam), running back Kai Hodge (Ocean Lakes). On Saturday’s meeting, the first of two for the teams this season, the incumbent players made the biggest plays.
Bubba Thomas, last year’s workhorse for the Patriots, led his team in rushing on Saturday with 206 yards and two touchdowns.
“It feels great. Last year they beat us by two points. This year, I told my guys to stay humble. They were already on Twitter predicting they were going to win. We let our play on the field do the talking. That’s how we got that W. Shout out to my linemen too,” Thomas stated after the win. “This win is huge. Everybody is sleeping on us. We’ve got some dogs. My linemen believe in me. Shores thought they had dogs but we got bigger dogs over here.”
The difference maker came in the fourth quarter as Taijon Yorkshire put PCS ahead for good. Yorkshire scored on a 3-yard run, making the score 41-38 with 6:36 left in the game. From there, PCS added another score to make the final 49-38.
While Portsmouth Christian quarterback Chase Harsh led the Patriots’ effort with five touchdowns and 246 passing yards, Damien Mazil showed what he could do in a wide-open offense. At Kellam, Mazil was the point man for a Wing -T offense.
On Saturday, Mazil was a dual-threat, having a hand in every Seahawk score. Damien was a dual-threat, passing for 172 yards and three touchdowns and scoring two touchdowns on the run.
“It was a tough fight today. Portsmouth Christian played good. We’re going to see them again and we’re going to see what happens from there,” Mazil stated. “My team and my coaches put me in a great spot today to play great. We had some players make some great plays to help us out and our coaches called great plays for me to make them.”
Portsmouth Christian remains undefeated at 2-0 while Atlantic Shores falls to 1-1 on the year after a win against South Wake (NC) on October 10. PCS and Shores meet again at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex later this season.
– Andy Hilton