Area teams compete in playoffs

Published 8:54 am Friday, November 11, 2011

FRANKLIN—Four area football teams will participate in postseason play at 7 tonight, Nov. 11.

The Franklin High School Broncos and Windsor Dukes both host playoff games while Southampton High School and Isle of Wight Academy will be on the road.

Franklin has had a great week of practice for its match against Bath County at Armory Field, said Coach Darren Parker.

Bath County has a 4-6 season record, and the Broncos, making the playoffs for the eighth straight year, are 6-4. Parker is not discounting the intensity of the first-round bout.

“This is playoff time, so you can throw the records out the window,” he said.

Bath runs the ball well, but it would be the Broncos’ concentration on all aspects of the game that could lead to success on the field, Parker said.

“As long as we do our job every play, we’re going to be fine,” he said.


Southampton High School, at 5-4, takes on 7-3 Poquoson High School in Poquoson in a rematch.

The Indians on Aug. 25 lost 32-15 to Poquoson, but the game could have been closer had SHS limited its mistakes, Coach Wes Griffith said.

“We’re going to take the same approach as last time and hopefully we can cut out the mistakes we had,” he said.

Griffith said he expects the Islanders to try to run the ball on offense and switch up their play on defense.

Poquoson Coach Elliott Duty wants to limit the Indians’ running attack.

“We have to try to make them throw the ball,” Duty said.


Windsor, at 6-3, takes on Central Woodstock, 5-4, in Windsor.

The Dukes are focusing on strong defense, said Coach Chuck Parrish, as the team will try to stop an aerial and ground attack.

“We’re going to have to be mentally sharp,” Parrish said. “We have to play good football and we can’t beat ourselves.”


The 7-2 Isle of Wight Academy Chargers will travel to Virginia Beach to take on 7-2 Norfolk Christian Ambassadors.

Charger Coach Dale Chapman said the Ambassadors would run the spread and pass the ball as well as line up in an I formation and run it.

“We need to make them as one dimensional as possible,” Chapman said about the defense.

The Charger offense will work on ball control and limiting mistakes to keep the opponent’s offense off the field.