Bay Rivers District Preview Capsules Week 1
GREENSVILLE CO. (2-8 in 2011) AT BRUTON (5-5)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bruton High
THE BUZZ: Being the district’s smallest school means Bruton is always dealing with numbers issues: like only three seniors in uniform for Friday’s game. But the underclassmen skill group – led by QB Bilal Wallace and RB/DB Kapri Doucet – is talented. The offensive line is rebuilding, and if it matures quickly, the blitz happy Panthers, always solid defensively, should be a playoff contender. That defense will have its hands full against Greensville’s spread, which struggled in a 28-0 loss in this matchup last year, but is reportedly improved.
THE PICK: Bruton 21-13.
SOUTHAMPTON (6-5) VS. POQUOSON (8-4)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Poquoson Middle School.
THE BUZZ: A little more than 20 months removed from its AA Division 3 state title, Poquoson is in full-blown rebuilding mode. The Islanders have a legitimate Division I prospect in powerful junior WB/DE Grayson Boyce, but are inexperienced just about everywhere and hoping the standouts on last year’s unbeaten JV mature quickly. Southampton competed fiercely in losing regular season and playoff games last year to Poquoson, but is dealing with inexperience issues of its own after graduating seven of nine first team All-Southside District selections.
THE PICK: Southampton 14-13.
WARHILL (7-5) AT PARK VIEW-SH (7-4)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park View High in South Hill.
THE BUZZ: Park View returns several key players from a team that reached the playoffs last year despite losing 27-14 to Warhill. Warhill made some late-season improvements on a defense that allowed 291 rushing yards to the power-rushing oriented Dragons in the 2011 meeting, and looks to continue that momentum. With Devonte Dedmon (1,500-plus total yards, 19 TDs) leading a dangerous skill group, Warhill should have no problem scoring if the brand new offensive line performs.
THE PICK: Warhill 28-20.
TABB (2-8) VS. JAMES MONROE (13-1)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Maury Stadium in Fredericksburg.
THE BUZZ: Only seven starters return from the JM team that came within a whisker of winning the AA Division 3 state title last year, but there will, as always, be plenty of dynamic athletes to replaces them. Tabb will have to closely watch explosive Julian Bumbrey, who plays multiple skill positions, returns punts and kicks, and starts in the secondary. Based on its scrimmages, Tabb appears improved defensively from the group that lost last year’s matchup 59-20, but offense is a question even if versatile QB Dan Schiele is a reliable talent.
THE PICK: James Monroe 35-14.