Stakes high for Windsor against Surry

Published 10:24 am Monday, October 20, 2008

This week’s Game of the Week on the high school football scene finds one team playing for its playoff life against another team that is having a down year.

Windsor, which was blown out by Sussex Central on Friday, is in a must-win situation at Surry County at 7 p.m. Friday.

Surry (2-5) was bombed 34-0 by Franklin last week in the Cougars’ district opener.

Both teams are licking their wounds, but on paper, Windsor has more of an incentive to win. The Dukes are still in the thick of the Group A Region A Division 2 playoff race, while Surry has virtually been eliminated from the Division 1 race.

Friday night, Surry will be celebrating homecoming and the 10th anniversary of a football state championship.

“It’s a big game and it’s a must win for us,” said Bruce Carroll, Windsor head coach. “They are athletic and have talent. With all of that going, I’m sure we will see their best game.”

Carroll said his team will go back to basics this week after the loss to Sussex.

“We will get back to work like we did the first week of practice. The game plan is going to be whatever play they run, we need to get to the ball and tackle,” Carroll said. “We didn’t do a good job of that Friday night. At some point, you just go back to the fundamentals and get people to tackle. We can’t outcoach ourselves; we’ve just got to get to the football and play with reckless abandon.”

After going two rounds deep in the playoffs last year, Surry has struggled this season. The Cougars have not beaten a team with a winning record all year. Their only wins have come against Arcadia (0-8) and King and Queen (0-7).

In other games this week:

* Southampton (2-5), on a two-game winning streak, will play at rival Smithfield at 7:30 p.m. in a Bay Rivers District matchup. The Packers (5-3) lost to Grafton 19-7 last Friday.

* Franklin (6-1) will travel to Nandua (2-5) for a 7 p.m. non-district game. Nandua lost 40-13 to Parkside (Salisbury, MD) last Friday.

* Isle of Wight Academy (7-1) will try to recover from its only loss of the season at home against rival Southampton Academy (5-3).

* Tidewater Academy (0-8) will travel to Kenston Forest School for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The contest is the Warriors’ final game of the season.