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Portsmouth Christian approves fall football for their Patriots
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Wednesday afternoon, the school board of Portsmouth Christian has approved the school’s participation in fall football.
“Getting this approval means everything for the kids. That’s what what we coach for. We coach for them. For the seniors especially, you never get this time back in your life. It meant everything to them to play. Athletics are very important to our young people. When you take that away, they turn to other stuff,” Portsmouth Christian head coach Josh Blalock reported. “You would have thought they’d won the state championship when we told them.”
“Our school was one of the few schools who was really trying hard to play fall football in Virginia. We’re also trying to do it the safe way,” Blalock added. “It means the world to these kids.”
Portsmouth Christian will open their season at home on September 26 against Fredricksburg Christian at 2:00 p.m. FCS was the 2018 VISAA Division II State Champion.
The Patriots’ schedule is almost complete with a home-and-home series against Fredericksburg Christian and Atlantic Shores, plus games against Fishburne Military, St. Michael, and ACTS Home School. There is an open date for the Patriots on October 3.
Coach Blalock insisted that he’s open to taking on a stronger opponent than their typical VISAA Division III opposition simply because the program has had an influx of transfers.
“I want these kids to play against good competition and show what they have,” said the coach.
Transfers into Portsmouth Christian include Jahquan and Jayshawn Alston of Oscar Smith, Toriono Combs and Assad Brown from Deep Creek, and George Rennie joins the team from the Beach Breakers, a home school team based in Virginia Beach.
“The Alston brothers are going to start on the offensive and defensive line. They’re good sized kids with a lot of quick twitch to their game. They’re really going to help us out tremendously on both sides of the ball. Toriono is a road grader at offensive guard and he’ll play on both sides of the ball for us too. We’ll have the biggest line we’ve ever had in school history. Last week, Assad came over. He’s a stud corner and has a couple of scholarship offers as an incoming freshman. He’s been playing receiver too and he might be a better receiver than he is a corner. He’ll start both ways. George will start at receiver and corner and he is a phenomenal athlete who can really help us. He’s been the biggest surprise for us,” Blalock said in a run down of his new talent.
Coach Blalock confirms that other notable players are considering a transfer into the school, but they haven’t enrolled yet.
We reached out to Atlantic Shores head football coach Wayne Lance on Wednesday afternoon and he was able to confirm that his school will play.
“We are on for all fall sports as long as we don’t run into anything unexpected,” Lance stated. “I’m happy for all of the athletes in our fall sports programs that they’re going to get the opportunity to compete.”
Atlantic Shores has also received several transfer athletes who enrolled in anticipation that they could play with the Seahawks this fall.
It’s expected that more news could come from the Metro Conference related to fall sports, but nothing formal has been announced. Both Atlantic Shores and Portsmouth Christian play in the Metro. Isle of Wight Academy and Broadwater Academy are the only other schools in the conference that play football.
At this point, there is no postseason planned. There had been some talk of the six VISAA teams making a four-game playoff, but that hasn’t been confirmed, according to Blalock.
St. Michael of Fredericksburg received their confirmation for fall football back in July. They’ve been waiting for future opponents to jump in so that they could confirm a schedule. The schedule they released in late August listed games against ACTS, Fishburne Military, Atlantic Shores, Portsmouth Christian and St. John’s Catholic of Maryland.
– Andy Hilton