Inside the BRD: Predictions for York-Poquoson, Warhill-Courtland and Grafton-King George football playoffs

The Region I football playoffs open on Friday with four games. Previews and predictions for the three involving Bay Rivers District teams are below. 


WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: King George High.


THE BUZZ: The first teams battled on relatively even terms in a scrimmage in August, but Grafton has struggled often since. Injuries and a general lack of intensity often hurt the Clippers in the weeks since. Those problems seem to be a thing of the past, as the Clippers have gone after it the past two weeks and Harvard recruit Marcus Spearman – six receptions, 151 yards, three TDs the past two weeks – has healed from a shoulder sprain. Still, the Clippers face a huge challenge against the spread King George has used to average 31 points. QB/LB Corey Henderson (1,675 yards passing, 17 TDs) leads the Foxes offense and its tough defense.

THE PICK: Grafton 21-20.


WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Courtland High.


THE BUZZ: Warhill is looking for revenge for a 20-10 loss to the Cougars in the regional semifinals a year ago. The Lions are getting much better play of late from its offensive line, a big plus considering Devonte Dedmon (2,005 total yards, 20 TDs, 14 2-point conversions) needs little daylight to get big yardage. Courtland is steady out of its Wing-T, led by athletic QB Eric Washington (662 yards passing, five TDs.) And the Cougars have always been stingy defensively during JC Hall’s 10 seasons, which include a regional title two years ago. This one will be close.

THE PICK: Warhill 20-17.

NO. 6 POQUOSON (4-6) AT NO. 3 YORK (8-2)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bailey Field at York High.


THE BUZZ: York won the regular season meeting in a defensive oriented game, with Staffon Smith’s short interception return for a TD being the key play. A Poquoson hallmark is long ball-control drives out of the Wing-T. Grayson Boyce (651 yards, 7 TDs) and Austin Turner (627 yards, 8 TDs) are the Islanders’ go-to ball carriers. The Falcons count on four ball carriers, all just a shade under 400 yards, and the ground-game was impressive in netting 311 in the win last week over Grafton. York’s big offensive line and playmaker Tywaun Lewis (24 receptions, 442 yards) gives it in advantage in what could be a defensive-oriented game.

THE PICK: York 21-7.

Marty O’Brien

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