Rewinding the week that was in Peninsula District football, in which Heritage kept on rolling, Denbigh reached something of a milestone, and the blowouts kept on coming.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyquon Wilkins, Hampton. The Crabbers’ junior dynamo had 258 all-purpose yards (173 rushing, 42 receiving, 43 return) and three touchdowns in a 60-3 win over Warwick Thursday night. Wilkins was unstoppable in Hampton’s version of the Single Wing, from which he went 58 yards for a touchdown on the Crabbers’ first play from scrimmage.
Others of note: Denbigh RB Malik Sparks (181 yards, TD), Gloucester QB James Scott (215 rushing yards, 2 TD), Hampton RB Demetrius Strickland (122 yards, 2 TDs), Phoebus RB Breon Baskerville (114 yards, three touchdowns), Bethel RB Kerron Jones (122 yards, TD).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Juany’e Patillo, Heritge. In addition to rushing for 72 yards in Friday’s 28-24 win over Woodside, Patillo had eight tackles, a fumble recovery, and the game-sealing interception with less than two minutes left.
Others of note: Woodside DE Sherod Ryland (12 tackles, sack), Bethel DE Evan Scott (6 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks), Kecoughtan LB Gregory Bennett (7 tackles), Phoebus DT Kevin Lyles (8 tackles, 4 TFL).
POSTSEASON UPDATE: As of now, six Peninsula District teams — Heritage, Phoebus and Denbigh in 4A South; Hampton in 5A South, and Bethel and Woodside in 6A South — are in the playoff picture. Gloucester is tied for the eighth and final spot in 5A South.
The VHSL’s new system was bound to cause something like this, and it has. Though only 1-5, Gloucester is currently tied for the eighth and final spot in Group 5A South. Five teams with losing records — including 0-6 Menchville — are within a point of each other for the No. 8 seed.
Six other PD teams — Heritage, Phoebus and Denbigh in 4A South; Hampton in 5A South, and Bethel and Woodside in 6A South — would be in the playoffs if they began today.
WHAT PARITY? With four more blowouts last week, 17 of the 25 games between Peninsula District opponents have ended with margins of at least 28 points. Even more telling, only four have been decided by seven points or fewer.
Last week’s only competitive game was Heritage-Woodside. The Wolverines had the ball past midfield with less than two minutes left before Patillo’s interception clinched it.
PATRIOT POWER. It was a crummy weekend for New England (seriously … six point against Cincinnati?), but Denbigh rolled to a 42-14 win over Gloucester. The Patriots are now 4-2 for the first time since 2009. Denbigh's four wins doubles the program’s win total from the previous two seasons.
NOT SO AUTOMATIC. Phoebus, Hampton and Bethel were a combined 8-of-22 on extra-point attempts. That counts both kicks and 2-point conversion tries. (The Phantoms were missing regular kicker Danny Antanuos, who has a quad injury).
AT THE BOTTOM. Menchville and Warwick are both off to 0-6 starts, but one of them will get a win Saturday. Yes, the Monarchs will go against the Raiders in the first game of a double-header at Todd Stadium.
ON TAP. The two most interesting games on this week’s schedule are Denbigh-Hampton on Thursday night and Phoebus-Bethel on Friday. The Patriots are ahead of the Crabbers for the first time since … well, we’re not exactly sure.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun