Prep roundup: William and Mary hosts state championship football

Jimmy LaRoue

William and Mary’s Zable Stadium hosted two VHSL state championship football games Sunday, one day later than scheduled after a Friday evening storm dumped close to an inch of snow on Williamsburg.

In Class 4, senior De’Angelo Ramsey ran for 262 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, as the Salem Spartans beat Louisa County 43-22 in Class 4 for their third consecutive championship.

The Lions finished 14-1 in Mark Fischer’s final year as Louisa’s coach. He is fighting cancer.

In Class 3, Hopewell built a 20-point lead by scoring two touchdowns in 27 seconds late in the first half, then held off Heritage of Lynchburg 20-14 to give the Blue Devils their first title since 2003.

After the Pioneers cut the deficit to six, a fire alarm — reportedly from a small fire in a bathroom — prompted the stadium to be cleared for a few minutes. The Blue Devils, whose 7-6 victory over Phoebus was the closest during their five-game playoff run, clinched the victory by completing a pass on fourth-and-15 in the final minute, enabling them to run out the clock.

Late in the first half, Hopewell quarterback Greg Cuffey — who has committed to the College of William and Mary and is expected to play defensive back there — threw a touchdown pass to Sean Wood-Allen. Reizon Murphy then returned an interception 46 yards to make it 20-0.

Boys basketball

Williamsburg Christian Academy 110, Portsmouth Christian 57 — WCA had three players score at least 20 points, and Malachi Banks scored his 1,000th point in a rout Friday.

Cle’von Greene had a double-double, scoring 29 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Greene also had six assists. Da’Shawn Cook had 23 points, four assists and five steals, and Dexter Radcliffe had 20 points and six rebounds. Banks finished with 12 points.

Jamestown 95, New Kent 48 — The wait was worth it for the Eagles as they picked up a 47-point win over Bay Rivers District foe New Kent Monday.

The game was postponed from Friday because of the storm.

Jamestown (3-1, 2-1 Bay Rivers) hosts Bruton Wednesday.

Girls basketball

Lafayette 53, Nandua 12 — The Rams shut out Nandua in the first and third quarters and raced out to a 20-0 lead on their way to the win over the Eastern Shore school Monday.

Casey Cole led Lafayette (3-3, 2-2 Bay Rivers District) with 14 points. Eight other Rams players scored at least four points.

Jamestown 55, Denbigh 43 — Ke'nizjah Jackson led the Eagles with 17 points as they picked up a non-conference victory Monday.

Corynthian Williams had 12 points and Annette O’Leary added 11 for Jamestown (3-2, 2-2 Bay Rivers), which has won three straight games after starting the season 0-2.

Former prep star returns to action

Former Bruton boys basketball star Marcus Carter returned to the lineup as he helped lead Christopher Newport to a 83-69 win over Wesley College on Sunday.

Carter, a senior who missed six games with an injured ankle, scored 22 points and pulled in 12 rebounds.

"I didn't know what to expect from Marcus today in all honesty," Captains’ coach John Krikorian said on the school’s athletics website. "He really had only practiced twice and obviously made a huge impact for us. Marcus is the kind of player who can take over a game, and he hit some big shots for us when Wesley was on a run."

Carter made eight of 13 shots, including six of eight in the second half. He was four of six from three-point range, including three in the second half.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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