Year in Review: 2013 Football Season

Published 10:26 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Franklin Broncos started out the season hoping to recapture the state’s 1A title, first by getting over the hump of the semi-championship, where the Broncos had fallen the previous year. The goal was to get there one drill at a time, one practice at a time, and ultimately, one game at a time.

Corey Porter outruns a defender on a 67-yard touchdown run. -- FILE PHOTO

Corey Porter outruns a defender on a 67-yard touchdown run. — FILE PHOTO

Franklin wins opening road game, defeating the Nandua Warriors 48-28 on Sept. 6.

The Broncos make easy work against the Colonial Beach Drifters 41-22 at Armory Park football stadium on Sept. 13.

On Sept. 20, the Broncos crushed the Charles City Panthers 56-0.

The Broncos outlasted Park View in a close match by a final score of 54-53 on Sept. 27, opening up the year 4-0.

The Broncos improve to 5-0 on Oct. 6, defeating the Surry Cougars 39-8.

On Oct. 13, the Broncos lost their first game against the Brunswick Bulldogs 28-6.

On Oct. 18, the Broncos took to the road to defeat the Sussex Central Tigers 26-8.

The Franklin Broncos exploded on the Greensville Eagles on Oct. 25, winning 58-10, improving to 7-1.

The Broncos shut out the Windsor Dukes on the road 41-0 on Nov. 1.

Franklin ended the season on Nov. 8 blowing out the Southampton Indians 59-0 at home. The Broncos finished the regular season with a record of 9-1.

The Franklin Broncos started the playoffs on Nov. 15 with a 50-8 victory against the William Campbell Generals.

To advance to the quarterfinals, the Franklin Broncos defeated the Rappahannock Raiders 39-14, after being down 12-14 after the first half.

On Dec. 1, the Altavista Colonels ended the Broncos’ postseason run in the quarterfinal matchup by a final score of 57-14, after going up an insurmountable 44-0 going into halftime. The Broncos ended the season with a record of 11-2.



Southampton High School’s new Head Coach Willie Gillus Jr. was shooting for making the playoffs, though he knew he had a young team that needed to learn the system. The Indians were also emphasizing improving academics.

The Indians lost their first game of the season 50-0 against Poquoson Islanders on the road on Aug. 30.

The Smithfield Packers shut out the Indians for the second time in two games on Sept. 6, winning 35-0.

On Sept. 20, the Indians lost at home to the Spottsylvania Knights 38-3.

The Indians fell on the road on Sept. 27 to the Sussex Central Tigers 46-14, starting the season 0-4.

On Oct. 4, the Southampton Indians traveled to Lawrenceville and lost 47-0 to the Brunswick Bulldogs.

On Oct. 11, the Indians won their first game of the year, defeating the Greensville Eagles 17-14 in double overtime.

Southampton fell to the Surry County Cougars at home 30-7 on Oct. 18.

On Oct. 25, Southampton won its second game of the season, defeating the Windsor Dukes 20-12.

Southampton lost 21-12 to Park View in a mudfest of a football game on Nov. 1.

To finish the season, Southampton was shut out by the Franklin Broncos 59-0 on Nov. 9. Southampton finished the season 2-8.



The Windsor Dukes, coming off a 3-8 season, were simply looking to improve. The goal was to emphasize the team aspect of the sport and get everyone gelling together.

Windsor started off the year with a 55-0 to the Pointers at West Point on Aug. 30.

In a home game on Sept. 6, the Dukes lost a close one to Washington & Lee 20-12.

Coming off a bye week, the Dukes defeated the Northampton Yellow Jackets 35-0 at Eastville on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 27, the Dukes fell to 1-3 on the season in a 47-10 loss to the Brunswick Bulldogs.

The Dukes fell to Sussex Central 56-17 in Sussex on Oct. 4.

In a low scoring match up, Windsor came up short against Surry County 8-6 on Oct. 11.

Traveling to Emporia, the Dukes fell 32-28 in a close one against the Greensville Eagles on Oct. 18, falling to 1-6 on the season.

In a back and forth match, Windsor fell to the Southampton County Indians 20-12 on Oct. 25.

In a Nov. 1 matchup against Franklin, Windsor was shut out 41-0.

Traveling to Park View for the last game of the season, the Dukes fell to the Dragons 57-22 on Nov. 8. The Dukes finished the season 1-9.


Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Chargers, coming off of a 7-3 season, were hoping to step it up a notch. The Chargers’ goals included a playoff birth, first or second place in the conference and a top four seed in the state.

On Aug. 23, Isle of Wight fell to Bishop Sullivan Catholic 37-0.

The Chargers won their home opener against Portsmouth Christian 42-28 on Aug. 30.

Coming off a bye week, the Chargers defeated Kenston Forest in Blackstone 28-7 on Sept. 13.

On Sept. 20, the Chargers defeated Brunswick Academy 39-22.

Isle of Wight won its fourth straight on the road against Fuqua 48-20 on Sept. 27.

Traveling to Exmore to face Broadwater Academy on Oct. 4, the Chargers lost to the Vikings 49-14.

In a low scoring match-up, the Chargers lost a close one to St. Anne’s-Belfield 10-7 on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 18, Isle of Wight lost 28-19 against Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot.

On Nov. 1, in the last game of the season, the Chargers lost their fourth straight against Atlantic Shores Christian 24-2 on the road. The Chargers finished the season 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the region.


Southampton Academy

Southampton Academy, fresh off of a State Championship, was looking to go back-to-back. Head Coach Dale Marks expected the offense to be as good or better than the previous year, but he also expected the defense, which gave up a lot of points, to improve. The Raiders play 8-man football.

Matt Rose runs for positive yards. -- FILE PHOTO

Matt Rose runs for positive yards. — FILE PHOTO

The Raiders opened up the season with a 46-6 win against Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, N.C. on Aug. 30.

Southampton Academy won its home opener against Word of God 52-28 on Sept. 6.

On Sept. 13, Southampton Academy shut out Cary Christian 52-0.

In Kinston, N.C., the Raiders won their fourth straight game against Arendell Parrott Academy 50-7 on Sept. 20.

The Raiders won a 80-60 shootout against Hobgood Academy on Sept. 27.

On Oct. 4, The Raiders recorded their second shutout of the season against St. David’s in a 48-0 vicotry.

On the road in Lasker, N.C., the Raiders defeated Northeast Academy 58-6.

On Oct. 18, the Raiders defeated Rocky Mount Academy 34-8 at home, winning its eighth straight game.

The Raiders closed out the regular season 9-0 on Oct. 25 at Roanoke Rapids, N.C., defeated Halifax Academy 48-14.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Raiders shut out Northeast Academy 64-0 at home on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 8, Southampton Academy defeated Arendell Parrott Academy 46-6 for the right to play in the State Championship.

The Raiders lost in the State Championship game played at Rocky Mount’s Athletic Park against Rocky Mount Academy 42-30 on Nov. 15. The Raiders finished the season 11-1.