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August 27, 2013
It's hard to comprehend that the 2013 High School Football season in Hampton Roads is underway. Summer is coming to a fast close, and it won't be long before we're projecting what teams will be playing in the postseason.
The slate was a relatively short one for Opening Weekend as four teams from the famed '757' area code were in action with two winning and two coming up short. Let's briefly review the action and then go over 'Five Fun Facts' from the first couple of days of the season involving those teams in our debut of Tidewater Rewind . . .
DeMatha 24, Phoebus 20: Taking on the #15 ranked team in the country, the Phoebus Phantoms nearly pulled off the stunner, but couldn't mount a game-winning scoring drive on their final possession in falling Maryland private school power DeMatha. Taiwan Deal, a Wisconsin commit, led the way with 115 rushing yards and a touchdown to power the Stags' offense, while linebacker Dale Matthews spearheaded the defensive charge with 11 tackles, five for loss and three sacks.
In defeat for Phoebus, the Phantoms got 82 yards rushing and a touchdown from transfer Marshawn Williams (Virginia Tech). Starting quarterback Joe Addison tossed a touchdown and rushed for one in his first start after transferring from Hampton.
Full Game Recap
Five Fun Facts from Opening Weekend:
#1 - - Little Big Man: Questions swirled going into the 2013 campaign about Coach Chris Fraser's Maury Commodores would be able to replace lethal playmaker Davion Taylor, who transferred to Western Branch after scoring 14TD's last year as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury.
Searching for a good player who's on track to take his game to another level this year and become a star? Look no further than Maury sophomore tailback Delveon Little.
His numbers of 242 yards rushing and 3TD's on 13 carries is a great night's work, but when you stop to think he did it only one half, it's even more amazing. Consider this - - Little ran for 721 yards and 8TD's in 11 games last year as a freshman. If he's to continue on his current pace from here on out, Little would eclipse his 2012 season total by half-time of his team's third game.
For the season, he's on track to rush for 2420 yards. Breaking some school records before he is done seems very much attainable.
Thanks to our friend and High School Football historian Lynn Burke of the Daily Press and HRVarsity.com, plus a regular guest on our High School Sports Talk Presented by VirginiaPreps.com radio show every Saturday at 10:25 AM on ESPN Radio 94.1 (score a point for me for the shameless plug!), we were able to figure out the answer.
Maury's single-game school record for points came in 1925 versus Blackstone Military Academy, who they blanked 64-0. In 1915 against South Norfolk, which is now Oscar Smith, the Commodores equaled their total vs. the Monarchs from last Friday with 62 points.
Our pals at VHSL-Reference.com did some heavy research digging to pull out some interesting background info on the Commodores. This is Maury's 103rd football season. Their contest against Menchville was #990 in Maury's football history. They now have an all-time record of 531-406-53. From the archives we can find only three times has Maury ever scored 62 points or greater, giving their loyal fans - - Darryl included - - something to cheer about.
When DeMata defeated the Phantoms, the way that they did was surprising because most would expect Phoebus to win a game where they didn't turn the ball over once.
So before their narrow loss to the Stags on Saturday, when was the last time Phoebus didn't commit a turnover and lost? The answer is 2011 against archrival Hampton in the regular season finale when the Crabbers won by a count of 13-10 in overtime.
Norview racked up 357 total yards and managed to pass for 110 in spite of the elements. Maybe most impressive was just how stingy the Norview defense as Huguenot finished with minus 35 total yards of offense.
What jumps out at me the most is it's the largest margin of victory in an opener for Norview since pitching a 62-0 shutout of King's Fork in 2004. For a Norview team trying to make the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, that's the way you start.
Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail email@example.com, and don't forget to listen to him on High School Sports Talk Saturdays at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1 plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.