Football playoff picture is clear as mud

Published 11:06 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Do you remember years gone past when the NFL would come down to the last weeks of the season and you would hear the crazy playoff scenarios — “for Team X to make the playoffs, Team B must beat Team A and Team I must lose to Team D,” etc., etc.?

That is what is going on in prep football this week with local teams Franklin and Isle of Wight Academy jockeying for playoff positions and Windsor hanging on for dear life.

Windsor has a bye and must sit on the sidelines this week and watch other teams play. The Dukes still have a chance to reach the Group A Region A Division 2 playoffs, but it’s now up to other schools to help them out. Windsor could have solidified a spot in the playoffs with a win over Surry last week. The Dukes must finish third or higher in the region to hold a playoff seed. The fourth-place seed automatically goes to the winner of the Eastern Shore District.

The standings look like this:

Group A Region A Division 2

1. Washington & Lee 22.2

2. Essex 22.0

3. Windsor 16.3

4. King William 15.6

(Eastern Shore District champion spot)

So, Windsor really needs King William and Essex to lose. King William (4-4) plays at West Point (7-1). Essex plays (8-0) at Washington & Lee (8-1) on Saturday. The Dukes could see both of those happen. If they are still in the playoff hunt after this week, a win over Franklin on Nov. 7 would be huge.

■ For Franklin, the best-case scenario is to beat Sussex Central and Windsor in its last two games and have Colonial Beach lose at least one of its last two. Colonial Beach plays Mathews this week but has a big showdown with West Point on Nov. 7. If the Broncos and the Drifters end up tied, Colonial Beach has the tiebreaker advantage, having beaten Franklin earlier in the season. The Group A Region A Division 1 standings look like this:

1. Colonial Beach 21.8

2. Franklin 20.3

3. West Point 17.9

4. Sussex Central 16.8

A win for Sussex Central over Franklin would be huge for the Tigers.

■ Isle of Wight Academy will most likely beat winless Greenbrier Christian Academy on Friday, securing a playoff spot. The Chargers are currently third in the Virginia Independent Schools Division III standings. IWA is looking at a trip to Roanoke to play second-place North Cross in the first round of the playoffs. So Charger fans are rooting for Roanoke Catholic to knock off North Cross Friday night. If that happens, IWA will likely finish second and host a playoff game.

If Southampton Academy were to upset Blessed Sacrament Huguenot on Friday and North Cross loses, the Chargers would likely finish as the top seed.

■ Chowan University’s football team lost again last week, 51-36, to Johnson C. Smith University. The Hawks’ defense has given up a ton of points this season, but the offense has played well in spots. The Hawks trailed only 23-14 at the half of Saturday’s game.

Chowan had 416 yards total offense, including 308 through the air on 23-of-49 passing by C.J. Westler. Westler also had 65 yards rushing. Westler, a junior, has thrown for more than 2,000 yards so far with one game left to play.

■ Former Southampton Academy volleyball player Sara Felts is one of the team leaders at Winthrop University. Although the Lady Eagles have struggled at 9-13, Felts has appeared in all 79 games the team has played this year. As a sophomore, she is fourth on the team in kills.

■ Timmy Songer, former Windsor soccer player, has started 16 of 17 games at Randolph College and is tied for second on the team in goals scored.