Phoebus leapfrogs Hampton in area prep football poll

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The Phoebus and Hampton High football teams both scored their fifth wins of the season Friday to remain undefeated, but the Phantoms did so against a stronger opponent.

Phoebus traveled to Lake Taylor and toppled the Titans 25-7 on their own turf, while Hampton blanked a swooning Kecoughtan squad 31-0 at Darling Stadium.

The Crabbers have held the top spot in the Daily Press top 10 since the start of the season, but the Phantoms moved past them in this week’s edition. The teams will settle this battle on the field soon enough as they will face off Oct. 14 in a clash that likely will decide the Peninsula District title.

1. Phoebus (5-0): Phoebus wide receiver Barry Hargraves looked electric in Friday’s win at Lake Taylor. The junior started his team’s scoring with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and he also caught four passes for 161 yards and another touchdown.

2. Hampton (5-0): If the Crabbers get past Menchville next week and the Phantoms beat Bethel, both likely results, the Hampton city rivals will meet in a battle of unbeatens Oct. 14.

3. Lafayette (4-1): The Rams were expected to be good, but it’s a pleasant surprise that they are performing now at close to the same high level as the previous five seasons.

4. Poquoson (5-0): Should the Islanders clear the Smithfield hurdle Oct. 12, they’ll host Lafayette Oct. 26 with the Bay Rivers District title on the line.

5. Smithfield (2-2): The next three weeks are tough — a home game against Warhill and road games at Poquoson and New Kent — but the Packers are improving.

6. Warhill (3-2): The Lions are still looking for a signature district win. They’ll get a chance for one at Smithfield on Friday.

7. Heritage (3-3): The Hurricanes’ defense posted its first shutout of the season in Friday’s 35-0 win against Denbigh, but before you get too impressed, remember: The Patriots have been blanked in five of six games this season.

8. York (4-1): After the 1-9 season a year ago, a winning season is within sight, although the schedule gets much tougher from here.

9. Woodside (2-3): The Wolverines have looked completely overmatched just once this season, in an early loss to Highland Springs, but they have suffered several tough-luck losses. That leaves little margin for error from here on out.

10. Gloucester (3-3): After an 0-3 start, the Dukes have ripped off a three-game winning streak. Their renewed playoff hopes hinge on whether they can keep that streak going for the next two weeks against Warwick and Menchville, before they end the season as heavy underdogs against Phoebus and Hampton.

Yanchulis can be reached by phone at 757-298-5176. Follow her on Twitter @KYanchulis.

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