Two local teams try for wins

Published 8:31 am Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two local football teams with winning traditions are at it again.

This weekend, Isle of Wight Academy tries for another VISAA Division III state championship and Franklin begins the postseason with regional action.

The Chargers (10-0) will host Virginia Commonwealth Conference foe Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (9-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the state championship game.

IWA defeated BSH 23-14 during the regular season.

Blessed Sacrament, last year’s state runner-up, beat North Cross 17-15 in the other semifinal game last Friday.

BSH got revenge for a 28-7 loss to North Cross in week two.

The Knights have gone 3-0 since losing IWA and has given up just 27 points in those three games.

Although the Knights will have the advantage of more rest having played Friday instead of Monday like IWA, the Chargers still have homefield advantage.

“It’s going to be a tough one. It’s going to be a hard-nosed game,” said IWA head coach Dale Chapman. “Blessed Sacrament is going to be in the driver’s seat as far as rest, but they still have to come here and play us and we are tough at home. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

Chapman said his senior leadership will be ready for the contest. “Playing home for us is what we have been trying for all year and now is our time. We have some senior guys who know that you don’t go undefeated the whole year and lose in the state championship. This is something we are used to doing.”

Franklin (8-2) will travel to West Point to take on the Pointers at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Group A, Region A, Division II playoffs.

West Point went 9-1 and lost its last regular season game to King William 22-18.

The Pointers beat Franklin 44-20 on Oct. 1. The Pointers have outscored opponents 4 to 1 during the season.

Since the loss to West Point, Franklin has given up just 26 points in five games.

The Broncos find themselves in familiar territory. During last year’s championship run, Franklin lost to Sussex Central and came back to beat the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs.

Franklin has the opportunity to do the same thing to West Point Friday night.