Friday nights always have been for high schools. Which, naturally, is where the book "Friday Night Lights" got its name.
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Finally, as we creep into October, Phoebus has a Friday night game. And not just any game ... the opponent is Woodside, the only other undefeated team in the Peninsula District.
"Yeah, we were actually talking about that the other day in the coaches' office," Phantoms coach Stan Sexton said. "We finally get to play a football game on the night every other high school team in the country plays on."
How did it happen? Luck (or unluck) of the draw. The Peninsula District schedule is done by a drawing every two years, and the chronology of games is sent to city officials. They decide when (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) the games will be.
Gloucester plays at its own stadium, so its home games are on Friday nights. But the other nine PD schools share two stadiums — Darling in Hampton, and Todd in Newport News. Yet eight PD teams have had at least two Friday games so far. Denbigh has had one.
"It probably has more of an effect on the coaches as far as preparation goes," Sexton said. "But my biggest concern is that we played on Saturday last week and have to play on Friday this week."
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Speaking of scheduling … it's ridiculous that Denbigh had to face Hampton last Thursday night after playing on a Saturday afternoon the week before. Since the VHSL forbids Sunday practice, that gave Patriots coach Marcellus Harris III only four days to prepare. Heritage will have to make the same turnaround next week (Kecoughtan on Saturday, Hampton on Thursday).
THE STREAK ENDS
How long had it been since Warwick beat Hampton? Well, LBJ was president and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made its debut a month later. Oh, and Warwick was known as the Farmers. It was Nov. 5, 1965, and Warwick won 14-7 on Tommy Hamilton's 36-yard pick-six (a term that hadn't been invented yet) with five minutes left.
WHERE DID HE COME FROM?
On three carries, Kecoughtan's Mike McClary ran for 150 yards and two TDs as the Warriors beat Menchville 33-7. McClary had played in the opener but missed the next two games with a suspension. "He just got lucky he was the one in when it happened," coach Glenn Tidwell said.
29 Total yards by Gloucester in last week's 49-7 loss to Bethel.