Recapping Week One in the Peninsula District, in which Phoebus looked very much like a four-time defending champion and two previously unknown players (to most, anyway) threw a breakout party.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyris Walker, Woodside. He finished the 2011 season with 129 yards, but he passed that in Week One with 208 on 15 carries in a 42-3 win over Menchville. He scored on touchdown runs of 43, 44 and 9 yards.
Others of note: Hampton’s Marshawn Williams (23 carries, 142 yards, TD); Phoebus’ Tony Pittman (9-154-2); Kecoughtan’s Trenton Cannon (24-149-2); Bethel’s Jihad Hudson (16-108-1).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quatez Ruffin, Phoebus. Playing in his first varsity game, Ruffin made a dramatic debut by returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a 59-7 win over Warwick. The first was for 82 yards and gave the Phantoms a 30-7 lead late in the first half. The second was for 52 yards in the third quarter and made the score 37-7.
GAME OF THE WEEK. Booker T. Washington 12, Denbigh 6. What it lacked in offense it nearly made up for with an exciting finish. With less than a minute remaining, the Patriots had a first-and-goal from the Bookers 9-yard line. But after a spike to kill the clock, quarterback Michael Curtis was sacked for a 12-yard loss and threw incomplete on third and fourth downs.
THE KIDS WERE ALL RIGHT. It’s not often you see a freshman score a touchdown in his varsity debut. For Phoebus, it happened twice. Early in the second quarter, quarterback Terrell Toliver ran 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7. Late in the third quarter, safety Robbie Robinson returned an interception for 30 yards and a touchdown.
WOODSIDE ROLLING. Woodside has now won 15 consecutive games in the regular season. The last time the Wolverines lost in the regular season was Oct. 2, 2010, when they were crushed by Phoebus 50-10.
CRAZY STAT OF THE WEEK. It’s hard to imagine too many teams have won by 52 points despite the opponent having possession for 67 percent of the game. But that’s what happened in Phoebus’ blowout of Warwick. The Raiders won time of possession (32:28 to 15:32) and ran nearly twice as many plays (52-27). But Phoebus scored three defensive touchdowns.
AND NOW, FOOTBALL. Hampton coach Mike Smith needed a kicker, so he drafted a kid from the soccer team. Sophomore Bo Lomax made his debut with a 23-yard field goal to give the Crabbers a 3-0 lead over Heritage with 22 seconds left in the first half.
“He’s a nice kid,” Smith said, “and he’s going to be good.”
COMING UP. For the third time in less than 12 months, it’s Hampton vs. Norcom (1-1). The Saturday night game at Darling will be a rematch of last year’s controversial 20-14 Greyhounds win in the Eastern Region semifinals, in which two crucial calls went against the Crabbers.
That will be the headliner of eight games pitting the Peninsula vs. the Eastern.