A new season means new jerseys and new players, but the goals are all the same. The Varsity Football team entered the 2016 season with high hopes and one unified goal. That quest is to quench a playoff berth and have a chance to go to the State Championship.
The Warriors started the season on a tear of winning games with an average of 32 points per game. They won their first game against the Godwin Eagles with a score of 37-6. Sophomore Jalon Jones had four rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown to lead the Warriors to win the game.
This win was followed by the 48-19 annihilation of the Deep Run Wildcats in week two. Junior Christian Quirley led the way with 28 carries and 278 tough yards on the ground.
The ensuing week, week three, the Warriors crushed the Tucker Tigers 49-12. Jones once again led the team in throwing and rushing for over 100 yards with 4 TD’s on the ground and another passing TD. Junior Akeem Smith also had 11 tackles, five sacks, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery against Tucker. He was nominated and won ESP Player of the Week. An impressive outing in the first three weeks by a team widely expected to make some noise in the playoffs.
Week four was met with resistance on the path to a playoff berth. A week four loss to Patrick Henry was a dogfight. Both teams grinded the entire game, but unfortunately, the Warriors lost a heartbreaker 7-6. A minor setback for a major comeback for the Warriors.
Last week, with the stands full of alumni, students, parents, and fans, the Warriors overpowered the Varina Blue Devils with a score of 21-0 at the Homecoming game.
Coach Glasco stated, “We’ve done all that I had hoped for at the beginning of the season. Obviously a loss is never good, but it’ll continue to motivate our guys to keep working hard. In my eyes, our only competition is ourselves and our potential is through the roof.”
With two straight playoff berths in the past two years, the loss earlier in the season will continue to keep the Warriors hungry and driven for a higher seed in the playoffs. The exceedingly anticipated matchup of the season for the Warriors will be against the Highland Springs Springers, but before that game, the Warriors will play tonight, Friday, October 6 against the Armstrong Wildcats at Armstrong High School at 7:00pm.