Isle of Wight Academy sports: Cross country teams shine, football falls to 0-4

Published 9:57 am Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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By James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy


Isle of Wight Academy’s Jackson Cofer rushed for 149 yards in a losing effort as the Chargers varsity football team fell to Fredericksburg Christian School 50-7 Saturday night, Oct. 1, at Massaponax High School.

The host Eagles ran their record to a perfect 6-0; IWA fell to 0-4.

FCS has proven to be a lot for opponents to handle early in its 2022 campaign, averaging more than 200 yards per game rushing and passing. The Eagles were tied for first place in the first Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II Poll on Sept. 27. 

They were tied with Atlantic Shores Christian School, which defeated IWA in its first game of the season. IWA is ranked No. 5 in VISAA Division III.


Isle of Wight Academy’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams finished in first place in a recent meet sponsored by Denbigh Baptist Christian School.

IWA’s John Butler finished first in the boys race with a time of 19:16.20. Teammate Pierce Cutler finished second with a time of 19:17.80.

Eighth-grader Zachary Jackson (20:39.30) and teammate Jayce Joyner (21:11.50) rounded out the top-10 finishers for the Chargers.

IWA’s Hannah Edwards finished first in the girls race with a time of 20:37.60. Alexandra Wilson finished third (22:16.70). Hannah McClain finished ninth at 23:33.30, and Lauren Maust finished 10th at 24:39.10 to round out the Chargers’ top 10.

The boys junior varsity squad finished second on a day that saw 14 personal records set.


The IWA volleyball team finished off an undefeated week, downing Portsmouth Christian School 3-2 and Southampton High School 3-1.

Against the Patriots, IWA was paced by Elizabeth McBee with 10 kills. Classmate Claire Askew added eight.

Taylor Boutin led the way in serving with five aces. Nora Bye and Macy Hooper each had eight assists for the Chargers.

Askew had five kills and Pye added four against Southampton. Rylee Robertson had five aces, and Boutin and McKee each had 19 digs to defeat the Indians.


Tuesday, Oct. 4: Middle school football vs. Portsmouth Christian, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Cross country at Norfolk Collegiate School at Mt. Trashmore, 3 p.m.; JJV/junior varsity/varsity volleyball at Atlantic Shores, 4/5:15/6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7: Football vs. Norfolk Christian School, 7 p.m.

Following the football game, there will be a reception with music, coffee and desserts for the 1997 state championship team at the IWA athletic pavilion.