Game of the Week: FHS to host unbeaten West Point

Published 9:11 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2008

There are several big games this week, starting with Franklin.

The undefeated Broncos host West Point, which is also undefeated, at 7 p.m. Friday.

West Point is 4-0 after clobbering Charles City 60-22 on Friday. Like Franklin, the Pointers have not been challenged yet this season.

West Point’s offense has averaged 48 points per game, while Franklin’s defense has allowed just six points in three games. Something has to give, and one team will walk away with its first loss.

“They have a good team,” said Franklin head coach Darren Parker. “We are going to have to prepare all week. We will look at film and make adjustments.”

Franklin, 3-0, beat West Point 35-23 last year. Both teams were also undefeated at the time.

In other action this week:

■ Southampton Academy has a big Virginia Commonwealth Conference game against Brunswick Academy at home at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders, 3-2, need a win to stay in the hunt for a state playoff spot. Brunswick has struggled at 1-4, its only win coming against Tidewater Academy. Brunswick lost to Isle of Wight Academy 36-6 on Friday.

■ Isle of Wight, which is undefeated at 4-0, will host Fuqua School at 7:30 p.m. Fuqua, which is typically a player in the VCC standings, is 2-1 and has had three close games. The Falcons beat Brunswick Academy 14-6, Kenston Forest 22-12 and lost to Southampton Academy 29-28 on the last play of the game two weeks ago. The Falcons have had two weeks to prepare for the challenge of IWA.

■ Windsor, which is undefeated at 4-0, plays at Washington & Lee at 7 p.m. Playing in the Northern Neck District, the Eagles are 3-1, but they were blown out Friday by Monroe, 49-0. Looking at playoff possibilities for Windsor, this is a key game Group A Region A Division 2 game. The Dukes beat W&L in overtime last year, 22-20.

■ Southampton (0-3) plays at Grafton (1-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Clippers have lost two straight games — 7-6 to Bruton and 10-3 to Poquoson this past Friday. Grafton beat the Indians 45-0 last year, but expect that score to be much closer Saturday night.