Chargers lose their first one, 32-25

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 9, 2007

EXMORE—Lest anyone contemplate that Isle of Wight Academy football coach Dale Chapman doesn’t understand his team’s destiny, its expectations or its place in history consider the following:

The Chargers have won consecutive state titles in the Virginia Independent School conference and returned a solid core of seniors who goal it is to bring home a third state title. As a result, the team is a target of both opposing teams and their own lofty expectations.

On Saturday, the Chargers charter-bussed to Exmore, about 30 miles above the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, and lost a tough-fought game to Broadwater Academy 32-25 that featured examples of the trappings that come from those expectations.

Chapman, without prompting a few minutes after the game, said, “Down goes Frazier. Down goes Frazier.”

It’s a reference to a famous television account when then-heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was dropped by George Foreman.

It’s an obvious reflection that Chapman knows his team gets targeted every week.

Quarterback Rusty Brake scored on touchdown runs of

25 yards and one yard, and J.D. Honeycutt rushed for a 14-yard score and Cody Dowdy added a 37-yard field goal for the 5-1 Chargers. Broadwater, now 6-0, broke a 25-25 tie with the game-winner with 8:51 to play.

Isle of Wight was stopped on fourth and short near midfield to end any threat.

“We’ve still got a lot of tough teams to play,” Chapman said after the loss. “We’ve got a tough schedule.”

The loss, he said, was blamed on his team: “We should have made some plays.”