Postseason seedings on the line

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Friday’s contest between Sussex Central and Franklin is turning out to be a humdinger both for the Tri-Rivers District standings and for playoff positions in Group A Region A Division 1.

Franklin (7-1) will host the Tigers (5-3) at Armory Stadium at 7 p.m.

With Colonial Beach continuing to win, Franklin needs to continue to win to keep the second seed in the Group A Region A Division 1 standings. Finishing first or second would assure a home regional playoff game in the first round on Nov. 14.

Sussex Central, which snuck into the top four in the region last week, needs a win to keep its fourth-place seed.

Both teams will enter the game having won their last three games by shutout. After falling to Colonial Beach on Oct. 3, Franklin has beaten its next three opponents by a combined score of 128-0. The Broncos have allowed just 48 points all season, which equates to an average of 6 per game.

Sussex Central has won its last three games by a total of 168-0.

Franklin will have to contain Sussex Central’s running game, which plowed over Windsor and Charles City the past two weeks. Jabari Turner and Ernest Crockett both had more than 100 yards out of the backfield last week. Turner had a 99-yard touchdown run against the Panthers.

Franklin head coach Darren Parker said the Broncos will go back to what has been successful for them all season — a week of pointed practices.

“We’re going to prepare Monday through Thursday and get ready for Friday night,” he said. “It’s going to be a physical football game. Our kids know it’s going to be physical and I’m sure Coach Jefferson’s kids know it’s going to be physical. These are the games you love to play in and coach in.”

Parker said his team is healthy and looking forward to Friday night’s battle.

In other action Friday night:

■ Southampton (2-6) hosts Jamestown at 7:30 p.m. in a Bay Rivers District game and the Indians’ last home game of the season. Jamestown (4-4) fell to Tabb 21-14 last week.

■ Southampton Academy (5-4) hosts Blessed Sacrament Huguenot at 7:30 p.m. in the Raiders’ final game of the season. Blessed Sacrament is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in the Virginia Independent Schools Division III poll after a tough 10-7 win over Roanoke Catholic last week.

■ Isle of Wight Academy (8-1) travels to Greenbrier Christian Academy for a non-conference 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Greenbrier is 0-9 after a 21-0 loss to Norfolk Christian last week.