Poquoson looks to remain unbeaten, while Tabb eyes first win

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Friday’s high school football games

BAY RIVERS DISTRICT

TABB (0-5, 0-4 district) VS. POQUOSON (5-0, 4-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Poquoson Middle School.

THE BUZZ: One BRD assistant coach called Tabb “the best 0-5 team I’ve ever seen.” Indeed, the Tigers have been competitive in three of their five games, all of which have been against teams with winning records. But Poquoson is exactly the type of team Tabb hasn’t been able to overcome — one a little more talented, able to control the ball and apt to make fewer mistakes.

THE PICK: Poquoson 28-13.

WARHILL (3-2, 2-2) AT SMITHFIELD (3-2, 3-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Smithfield High.

THE BUZZ: Two of the district’s best teams match up in a contrast of styles. Warhill is physical defensively and likes to control the ball on the ground behind a large group of backs led by Rodney Hudson, who’s poised to run for more than 1,000 yards this season. Smithfield, led by dual-threat quarterback Willie Drew and explosive wide receiver Darius Savedge, can break a big play at any time. Should be close.

THE PICK: Smithfield 21-17.

BRUTON (1-4, 0-4) VS. JAMESTOWN (1-4, 1-3)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Wanner Stadium.

THE BUZZ: A win will be a tonic for either team as they’ve combined for only one on the season. The big difference is that Jamestown has been competitive in every game while Bruton has lost decisively in all four games since its season-opening victory at King William.

THE PICK: Jamestown 28-6.

NEW KENT (3-2, 3-1) VS. GRAFTON (1-4, 0-4)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bailey Field at York High.

THE BUZZ: New Kent nearly pulled the BRD upset of the season a year ago, falling short on some red-zone opportunities in losing 7-6 to the heavily favored Clippers. The shoe is on the other foot this season, with New Kent the favorite. Grafton could keep it close if QB Demetrius Moore and the Clippers’ talented running backs break loose against the tough Trojans defense.

THE PICK: New Kent 31-14.

PENINSULA DISTRICT

DENBIGH (0-6, 0-5) VS. WOODSIDE (3-3, 3-2)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Todd Stadium.

TV/VIDEO: NNPS (Cox cable channel 47 and Verizon FiOs 17 in Newport News, and nnpstv.com).

THE BUZZ: The Patriots have scored six points all season, and they all came in a 44-6 loss to Hampton. They have been shut out in every other game, including a 35-0 defeat against Heritage last week. Woodside looks poised to continue that trend and build on its 39-7 win against Warwick last Friday.

THE PICK: Woodside 34-0.

BETHEL (2-4, 2-3) VS. PHOEBUS (5-0, 4-0)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Darling Stadium.

THE BUZZ: The Phantoms have had one of the most impressive defenses in the VHSL this season. They have allowed seven points or fewer in their four most recent games, and opponents have averaged just 6.6 per game this season. Bethel, meanwhile, was blanked 20-0 by Gloucester last week, so look for a dominant turn by Phoebus.

THE PICK: Phoebus 42-7.

WARWICK (1-5, 1-4) AT GLOUCESTER (3-3, 3-2)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Gloucester High.

THE BUZZ: The Dukes will look to continue a three-game winning streak in their homecoming game against the Raiders. Gloucester likely needs to win each of its next two games — vs. Warwick and Menchville — to make its first postseason appearance since 1988.

THE PICK: Gloucester 21-7.

— Marty O’Brien and Kate Yanchulis

O’Brien can be reached by phone at 757-247-4963 and follow on Twitter @MartyOBrienDP

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