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Checking e-mail and so on after showing up two hours early for the Courtland-Grafton Region I, Division 4 semifinal.
Last time I covered a game here, Courtland’s Hakeem Moore blocked an overtime extra point to give the Cougars a 35-34 win against Grafton in the 2005 Region I, Division 4 semifinals.
Most important update from here tonight: Joe Cibrin was in sweats when the rest of his team was in pads warming up. Looks like Grafton will be without its quarterback tonight.
From up in Stafford County today, Mountain View won its first ever playoff game by rallying for two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Massaponax.
Steve Franzello is still writing his story for The Free Lance-Star, but he says …
With his team trailing Massaponax 12–3 at the half yesterday, Wildcats coach Lou Sorrentino tried to rally his players with some words of inspiration.“I told them that the greater the adversity, the sweeter the victory is,” Sorrentino said.
If the veteran coach’s words weren’t inspiration enough, his mere presence probably was. Sorrentino’s father, Louis, had passed away in Pennsylvania on Thursday and Sorrentino had driven back late Friday to be with his team yesterday.
“Everything we did today, we did for him,” Wildcats fullback Alan Lester said after Mountain View fought back in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns to pull out an emotional 18–12 vic tory in the Division 5, Northwest Region semifi nals.
It was the first playoff win in the school’s six-year his tory and earned the Wildcats (8–3) a berth in the regional championship at top-seeded Osbourn on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets posted a 33– 20 win in the teams’ earlier meeting this season.
Recapping Friday’s games:
- The biggest win was surely Eastern View’s 31-13 upset of Powhatan. That’s a big stunner, and it really reshuffles the Region I, Division 4 race. I think most folks would have told you Powhatan was the region favorite, and for Eastern View to go from having its season over, to the Region I championship game, is pretty amazing.
Eastern View has a shot to win the region, regardless who wins the Courtland-Grafton game.
- James Monroe proved what I already knew: the Jackets have a good defense, and Mike Latney can carry ‘em offensively through hard times.
The Jackets are back in the Region I, Division 3 title gamewith their 23-9 win against Bruton.
From the Daily Press’s live updates, sounds like Nottoway hung with Poquoson for at least a little more than a half. Can’t wait to see if JM’s healthy for next week’s final.
- It’s a shame for Louisa that the Lions play in Region II. Louisa lost to Broad Run, 39-21 on Friday.
Region II is tough. Whatever team wins that bracket, you know is quality. I know they had high hopes in Mineral this year.
- I was at Franklin last night, watching the Broncos end Colonial Beach’s season.
The better team won, I think. But Colonial Beach gave it a valient effort in the second half.
- Lastly, Colonial Forge did exactly what it was supposed to: Dominate Franklin County.
Sort of a typical, well-rounded effort it sounds like from Colonial Forge. The Eagles host the Northwest Region final next Saturday afternoon.