Phoebus solidifies their playoff position after a slow start against Menchville
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Phoebus Phantoms may be 9-1, but they’re still fighting an uphill battle for playoff position in Region 3A.
In Thursday night action at Todd Stadium, the Phantoms got off to a slow start, leading only 7-0 at halftime against a Menchville squad who’s headed to their first playoff appearance since 1993.
The Phantoms poured it on in the second half, scoring 38 points to win 45-0. After losing their season opener in a nail biter against Lake Taylor, Phoebus has hardly been threatened in their Peninsula District schedule. They’ve reeled off nine straight wins and secured yet another PD championship. In 2016, Woodside and Hampton split the PD title with 8-1 district records, though Hampton did beat Woodside by a score of 34-23 that season.
The win guarantees that Phoebus will be no worse than the #3 seed in Region 3A. York High School (9-0) sits at #2 and will likely stay there considering that the Falcons play Bruton (0-9) Friday night. Hopewell (9-0) is very likely to finish the season with the #1 seed. The Blue Devils visit Matoaca (5-4) Friday night.
If Phoebus enters the postseason with the #3 seed, it will turn the tables for the Bay Rivers. Since Phoebus moved to Class 3, they’ve consistently drawn Bay Rivers teams in the playoffs. All of those games have been played at Darling Stadium and Phoebus has gone 2-0 vs. York, 1-0 vs. Warhill, 1-0 vs. Tabb and 1-0 vs. Poquoson. Last year, Phoebus downed York 21-13 in the region semifinal. This year, Phoebus would have to travel to York and play the Falcons at Bailey Field in the Region 3A semifinal if the bracket plays out as seeded.
With Thursday night’s loss, Menchville finished their season 4-6, but it’s the highest win total for the Monarchs since 2001 when they finished 4-6. Menchville is in line for the number six seed in the Region 4A playoffs, but they need King’s Fork (3-6) to lose to Grassfield (4-5) and Great Bridge (3-6) to lose to Oscar Smith (8-1) in order to hold that position.
In other Bay Rivers action, Jamestown shocked Tabb 35-32 on Thursday night.
Jamestown (3-7) is still outside the playoff picture in Region 4A. The Eagles may have hurt Tabb’s playoff position. The Tigers came into Thursday night as the number six seed in Region 3A. Booker T. Washington sits at number eight and will leap over Tabb with a win over Norcom (5-4) Friday night. Petersburg is the number seven seed but doesn’t get much of an advantage by finishing their season against Colonial Heights (1-8).
If Tabb falls to number seven in the Region 3A bracket, they would open the playoffs against their rival York (9-0). York beat Tabb 10-7 in the regular season.
– Andy Hilton