Chargers have tough road to win

Published 12:49 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Isle of Wight Academy will have a tough road to win a fourth straight VISFA Division III title. By finishing third in the state, the Chargers will have no more home games, unless they win Friday and Hampton Christian upsets Blessed Sacrament Huguenot. IWA head coach Dale Chapman might not agree with me, but if the Chargers win again, much kudos should go to the IWA coaching staff. Last year’s state champs were loaded with experienced. This year’s team has several seniors, but hardly any of them had significant playing time coming into the season. There were question marks coming into the season and now the Chargers find themselves with just one loss.

■ If Franklin wins its game Friday night against Windsor and Sussex Central beats Surry County, the Broncos and Tigers will play again next week in the first round of the regional playoffs in Franklin. The Division 1 standings are as follows:

1. Colonial Beach 22.22

2. Franklin 19.66

3. Sussex Central 19

4. West Point 17.33

■ Southampton will play its final football game in the Bay Rivers District Friday night. Next season, the Indians will move to the Southside District. With the exception of Powhatan High School, all of the other schools in the district will be closer to Southampton’s size. This will help the Indians to be more competitive in all sports, plus, in most cases, have less travel.

■ The Chowan University football team lost a tough one Saturday, falling 33-31 to St. Augustine’s despite leading at halftime. The Hawks finished the season at 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the CIAA.

■ OK, halfway through the NFL season and some of my predictions look good and some not so good. My pick of Arizona to win the NFC is looking good. Injuries have hurt Dallas’ chances of winning the NFC East. And of course, the 0-8 Lions are about the worst team in the NFL. I also wasn’t expecting the Carolina Panthers to play so well, and they lead the NFC South. So, three teams I picked to win the NFC divisions are in last place. Not too good.

In the AFC, despite injuries, the Patriots are still playing well and still have a chance to with the AFC East. Pittsburgh is competing for the AFC North. Indianapolis is struggling and has little chance of knocking Tennessee out of the AFC South lead. San Diego is also struggling in the AFC West, but because of how bad that division is, still has a chance to win it in the second half.

If the season ended today, three of the six teams I picked to make the NFC playoffs would get in — New York Giants, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Arizona Cardinals. In the AFC, the same is true — three of six (Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots).

My predictions of a New Orleans-San Diego Super Bowl is looking pretty bad right now.