Prep roundup: Football playoff pairings set for region play

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Lafayette earned the second seed in Region 4A, the highest seed among the Williamsburg region’s Bay River District teams.

The Rams, who finished the regular season 9-1 while extending its BRD winning streak to 51 games, missed out on the top seed when King’s Fork ended Oscar Smith’s 99-game Southeastern District winning streak to finish the regular season undefeated.

But that second seed comes with a caveat — a rematch against rival Warhill, which earned the seventh seed.

Another set of BRD teams will meet for the second time this year, with Poquoson hosting Bruton in Region 2A.

Jamestown, despite finishing the regular season 2-8, squeaked into the postseason, winning a tiebreaker over 1-9 Wilson of Portsmouth, as the two teams were tied in the VHSL ratings for Region 4A.

Every area team in action will play its opening round game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Class 4, Region A

No. 8 Jamestown (2-8) at No. 1 King’s Fork (9-1)

The Eagles nearly missed the playoffs. When the playoff schedule was released Sunday, they had been left off and Wilson (1-9) of Portsmouth was listed as the No. 8 seed.

The teams ended the regular season tied in the power rankings, but the Presidents were awarded the tiebreaker. Upon further review of the tiebreaker rules, though, the VHSL reversed its decision and awarded the No. 8 seed to the Eagles.

Jamestown’s playoff stint, though, should be brief. King’s Fork has put together an impressive season, culminating in a 29-23 win against Oscar Smith, snapping the Tigers’ 99-game Southeastern District winning streak.

No. 7 Warhill (7-3) vs. No. 2 Lafayette (9-1), Wanner Stadium

The Rams have beaten their Williamsburg-area rivals 13 times in a row, including their 24-7 win earlier this season.

In the first half of that contest, the Lafayette defense held Warhill to no points and 85 yards from scrimmage. The Lions’ rushing attack, which usually leads the way on offense, struggled to just 49 yards on 32 carries.

While Warhill finished the season with the best record in program history, its running game will need to break free. Senior quarterback Jamin Hazelaar could help with some early completions to spread out the opposing defense, but it will be tough to get head coach Andy Linn and the Rams to bite.

Class 3, Region A

No. 6 Park View (7-3) at No. 3 York (7-3), Bailey Field

While the Falcons missed the playoffs with a 1-9 campaign last season, they do not want to settle for a playoff appearance.

The Dragons of South Hill did not play a single opponent above Class 3 this season, so the Falcons’ strength of schedule should give them an advantage. York’s BRD rival Tabb topped Park View 35-16 in the first round last season.

Class 2, Region A

No. 7 Bruton (2-8) vs. No. 2 Poquoson (7-3) (at Poquoson Middle School)

The Islanders beat the Panthers 28-17 Oct. 20, but they needed a second-half comeback to do it.

While Poquoson put together the better season overall, the Islanders have looked vulnerable in the last few weeks.

Postseason schedule for Region A teams

Class 6, Region A

No. 8 Tallwood (5-5) at No. 1 Landstown (10-0)

No. 5 Bayside (6-4) vs. No. 4 Woodside (7-3) (at Todd Stadium)

No. 7 Granby (6-4) at No. 2 Ocean Lakes (9-1)

No. 6 Cox (6-4) at No. 3 Oscar Smith (8-2)

Class 5, Region A

No. 8 Maury (4-6) at No. 1 Indian River (7-3)

No. 5 Princess Anne (5-5) at No. 4 Nansemond River (6-4)

No. 7 Norview (4-6) at No. 2 Salem (6-4)

No. 6 Gloucester (5-5) vs. No. 3 Hampton (7-3) (at Darling Stadium)

Class 4, Region A

No. 8 Jamestown (2-8) at No. 1 King’s Fork (9-1)

No. 6 Heritage (7-3) at No. 3 Deep Creek (8-2)

No. 5 Lake Taylor (7-3) at No. 4 Smithfield (8-2)

No. 7 Warhill (7-3) vs. No. 2 Lafayette (9-1) (at Wanner Stadium)

Class 3, Region A

No. 8 Booker T. Washington (4-6) vs. No. 1 Phoebus (10-0) (at Darling Stadium), 2 p.m. Saturday

No. 5 Southampton (7-3) at No. 4 Hopewell (6-4)

No. 7 Lakeland (4-6) at No. 2 Norcom (9-1)

No. 6 Park View (7-3) at No. 3 York (7-3)

Class 2, Region A

No. 8 Brunswick (3-7) at No. 1 Goochland (10-0)

No. 5 Amelia County (7-3) at No. 4 Nottoway (7-3)

No. 7 Bruton (2-8) vs. No. 2 Poquoson (7-3) (at Poquoson Middle)

No. 6 King William (5-5) at No. 3 Greensville County (8-2)

Class 1, Region A

No. 8 Northampton (5-5) at No. 1 Essex (9-1)

No. 5 Northumberland (5-5) at No. 4 West Point (8-2)

No. 7 Middlesex (6-4) at No. 2 Sussex Central (8-2)

No. 6 Washington & Lee (7-3) at No. 3 Colonial Beach (7-3)

Football

Lafayette 63, Grafton 12: Lafayette finished a 9-1 regular season Saturday night with a blowout win over Grafton at Bailey Field.

It was never in doubt — Lafayette led 15-0 after having run just one offensive play.

Grafton, whose only victory of the year was against Churchland in the Clippers’ opener, was 0-9 in the BRD.

Warhill 30, New Kent 28: The surging Lions (7-3) seemed like an easy bet to beat New Kent in their regular-season finale.

The Trojans (4-6), though, fought back from a 24-7 deficit on Senior Night to take a 28-27 lead with 3:55 remaining in the game.

Then Warhill junior kicker Fletcher Whalen jogged out onto the field. Whalen sailed a 38-yard field goal through the uprights with 10 seconds left to push the team to a 30-28 victory.

The nail-biting victory not only sent the Lions into the playoffs on a four-game winning streak but also secured the best regular-season record in school history.

Tabb 21, Jamestown 10: Despite losing their regular season finale, the Eagles reached the Region 4A postseason.

Dominic Stumpo got Jamestown on the board with a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter before Tabb rattled off a pair of big plays to take the lead. A 51-yard touchdown run from Joel Martin was followed by an 85-yard punt return from Jaylen Jones.

Jamestown closed to within 14-10 after Keymonte Frye scored on an 8-yard run, but the Tigers tacked on a touchdown later in the quarter on an interception return from Jmmi Simmions.

Tabb had 241 yards of total offense — 217 on the ground — to 197 for Jamestown. The Eagles’ Hunter Brittain was 13-for-29 passing for 141 yards and three interceptions. Yuri Passenita led Jamestown with 59 yards receiving on four catches.

Smithfield 84, Bruton 0: The host Packers (8-2, 8-1 Bay Rivers) earned their eighth consecutive victory and wrapped up a first-round home game in the 4A playoffs.

Bruton (2-8, 1-8) entered the night eighth in 2A and had to wait on other results to see if it would make the playoffs, but it did.

Competition cheerleading

York County schools earned two state championships at VCU’s Siegel Center, with Grafton taking the Class 4 crown and Tabb earning the Class 3 title Saturday night.

With performances in the first round and finals, the Clippers and Tigers emerged atop lists of 16 teams apiece.

Cross country

Walsingham Academy’s girls finished in second place with 29 points at the TCIS Conference championship last Friday.

Frankie Riggs finished second overall for the Trojans, with Delaney Riggs taking fourth, Clare Kinney fifth, Catherine Schumacher 10th and Grace Vidlack 15th. Emma Lobash came in 16th, and Julia Grimson took 20th.

Walsingham Academy’s boys took third in the TCIS meet, finishing behind Peninsula Catholic and Norfolk Academy.

Patrick Murphy had a personal best time of 17:26 to finish fourth overall. Jake Lobash came in sixth, Jack Schonka 24th, Eddie Miller 39th and Matthew Brause 42nd.

Frankie Riggs, Delaney Riggs, Clare Kinney, Catherine Schumacher and Grace Vidlack were named girls all-TCIS runners, while Patrick Murphy and Jake Lobash were named all-TCIS on the boys’ side.

The Trojans will compete Saturday in the VISAA state championships at Woodberry Forest.

Girls volleyball

Four Jamestown players were named first-team all-region for 4A, including Emma Schriner, who was named the region’s player of the year.

The Eagles’ Maddie Pettengell, Madison Kolda and Emma Yaugo, were also named to the first-team.

Region runner-up Grafton had four players named to the first team — Becca Hallingstad, Haley Sutton, Kennedy Hoge and libero Ansley Ashby.

Jamestown’s Tom Stephenson was named the Region A coach of the year.

Area players named second-team included Chloe Wilmoth (Warhill), Allison Kenney (Grafton), Charlie Burgess (Lafayette), Briar Ownby-Connolly (Lafayette), Hailey Hopkins (Warhill), Emily Sullivan (Lafayette), Allison Faber (Warhill) and libero Audrey Luedde (Jamestown).

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