Four schools playoff bound

Published 11:13 am Thursday, November 3, 2011

Southampton senior Jaron White runs the ball against Brunswick on Oct. 28. Whited rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including one on a 75-yard scamper. Southampton won 35-0. JIM HART/TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—Four out of five Western Tidewater high school football teams have gotten into the playoffs.

Southampton, Franklin and Windsor high schools and Isle of Wight Academy will see post-season play, while Southampton Academy finished its season two weeks ago.


The Broncos will host their first playoff game, although the date and opponent remains undecided.

“We know we’ll be at home for the first round because we’re in the top eight (out of 16 teams that get into the playoffs),” said Coach Darren Parker. “The top eight teams are at home. Friday night’s game will decide where you are ranked.”

Franklin, which is 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Tri-Rivers District, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, will travel to Windsor; the Dukes are 2-1.

A win for the Broncos is likely to give the team a higher ranking.

“This Friday will be a tough game,” Parker said. “(Windsor) Coach (Chuck) Parrish has a great team. They have a great coaching staff and a disciplined team. We look forward to a great game.”

Franklin’s lone district loss was on Oct. 28 to Sussex, whose team is 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the district. The Broncos lost 30-6.


The Indians expect to begin the Division III playoffs for the Southside District on Friday, Nov. 11, although who they will play and where remains undecided.

“Even though we are 1-2 in the district and 5-4 overall, we have some pretty good wins,” said Head Coach Wes Griffith. “It’s based on power points.”

Southampton earlier in the season accumulated enough points to earn a playoff berth, including with a 41-27 win over Smithfield, a 34-13 win over Franklin and a 24-6 win over Windsor.

District losses were 20-19 to Greensville and 28-27 to first-place Park View in triple overtime.

“They were tough losses,” Griffith said. “They really took some steam away from us.”

The Indians will host Prince Edward at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 for their last game of the regular season. Prince Edward is 2-1 in the district and in second place.

“A win would be good,” Griffith said. “We would have momentum going into the playoffs.”

Southampton is tied for third with Greensville in the district, and Brunswick is in fourth at 0-4.


Like Franklin, Windsor is 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Tri-Rivers District.

The teams play each other at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Windsor.

“It will be a good, big game for Franklin,” Parrish said. “You want to win every game you play. (A win) could give us a higher seeding, depending on what everyone else does.”


Isle of Wight Academy on Oct. 28 clinched the Virginia Commonwealth Conference title with a 47-6 win over Brunswick Academy.

The Chargers are 7-1 and travel to No. 5 Atlantic Shores at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Head Coach Dale Chapman did not return a phone call, however, in Division III, teams in the playoffs along with Isle of Wight are Fredericksburg Christian, Norfolk Christian and North Cross. If Isle of Wight beats Atlantic Shores, the Chargers are expected to be ranked No. 3.


The Raiders finished their season 7-1 on Oct. 26, but will not see post-season play.

They joined the eight-man Colonial Carolina Conference a week before their first game due to a low turnout. Too few players would’ve it made difficult to play 11-man ball in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.

“We were late getting into the (Colonial Carolina) conference,” said Head Coach Dale Marks. “They have a year probationary period from when you come in and when you are eligible for post-season play.”

“It was a real disappointment for us and our team,” Marks continued. “They had an exemplary season.”

Based on the number of players he expects for next season, Marks said Southampton Academy will remain in the Colonial Carolina Conference for football.