The Bulls took the opening drive and got as far as the Rams 24 before turning it over on downs, eating up almost 6 minutes of the clock.The ensuing Rams drive ended with a punt, with the Islanders taking over at their own 18. The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie.
On the Rams first possession of the second quarter, Evan Lemon picked off a Lafayette pass, returning it too the Rams 33 yard line. Following a 13 yard run by Tee McConnell, Cody Hutchinson plunged in from the four yard line for the first score of the game. Michael " Blue Shoes" Lutz added the extra point.
Lafayette put together a bit of drive after the Islanders touchdown, but Poquoson's defense toughened and forced a punt, which rolled out of bounds at the Bulls 14 yard line. Pinned deep in their own end of the field, it took only one play for Hutchinson to get them out of the hole. He broke a 67 yard run up the Islanders sideline, before being dragged down at the Rams 19. Five plays later, after a Luke Hill 1 yard TD run and Lutz's extra point. The Bulls lead 14-0. That was the score as both teams left the field at halftime.
The Rams opened the second half slinging the ball around. After a 10 play, 84 yard drive, the found the end zone, bringing the score to 14-7. On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulls got pinned on their own 10. After a three and out, William Haskins punt was blocked, going out of the end zone for a Rams safety.
After that, the Poquoson defense stiffened, stopping LHS from doing anything. The Rams punted, and after a 42 yard run from scrimmage by Luke Hill, his brother Dylan took it in for a score. A bad snap from center caused Luke Hill to have to throw on the extra point and he found Russell Thornburg all alone in the corner of the end zone. After another Lafayette three and out, PHS took over with just 35 seconds remaining in the third.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, Tee Mcconnell scampered 35 yards for the last scoring of the game. Lutz's extra point bought the score to 29-9 in favor of the Islanders. Late in the game the Rams threatened again, but the clock expired with them on the Bulls 9 yard line.
Michael Lutz had a good special teams night, making all three extra points he tried, and on kickoffs had 3 touch backs and kept the Rams pinned deep all night.
Next up for the Islanders is the Grafton Clippers, who come to town Friday September 24th, with a 7 PM kickoff
The Varsity and JV Field hockey teams hosted the Grafton Clippers Thursday Sept16th. The Varsity lost by the score of 6-0 and the JV lost by the score of 3-0.
Said Coach Elizabeth Hatheway on the Varsity game, " We dominated the first 15 minutes, and played well. Midfield were the stars, and really held it together. Samantha Carson, Hunter Bayne, Claire Kubilins all had great games."
On Tuesday Sept 14th, the teams took on the Lafayette Rams. The Varsity lost 4-0 while the JV Squad tied 2-2. JV goals were scored by Deana Ball and Nicole Kubilins with Rachael Moffatt assisting on Kubilins goal.
On Monday Sept 20, the Bulls take on the Jamestown Eagles at Poquoson Middle School
The JV football team beat the Lafayette Rams last night by a final of 19-8. A stout defense never allowed the Rams running game to click in the second half.
Kevin Karafa took the opening kickoff of the game 81 yards for the Bulls first score. The extra point try was no good.
Lafayette answered with a score of their own in the first half, converting the two point conversion to lead 8-6 at the half.
In the second half, the hard charging defense of Poquoson virtually shut down the Rams. Coach Bruza Helsel said "The defense was a complete team effort in the second half. Every kid played hard and to the whistle. I thought our coaching staff did an excellent job of making adjustments at halftime. On the offensive side of the ball, Steven Ramirez was a spark, getting some tough hard yards for us."
Ramirez scored the second Bulls touchdown with the try for two coming inches short.
After a critical stop on a 4th and 5 late in the game, Karafa went 50 yards on the first play from scrimmage, closing out the scoring for Poquoson.
1. How long have you been coaching Cross Country?
This is my 4th season
2. How has the preseason conditioning and practice been going?
We have 40 athletes out for the team and the practices have been going better than anticipated.
3. On the Girls team, who are some of your key runners?
Senior Magen Freeman, Junior Courtney Rawlinson
4. On the Boys team who are some of your key runners?
Seniors Dennis Lyle and Shane Devlin, and Juniors Jeff Wakefield, WB MacPherson, and Sam Sydnor
5. How do you think both the Boys and Girls teams will do this year?
Both teams will be competitive and it will depend how strong and tight the remaining pack can be.
6. Which teams in the BRD are your toughest competition?
Jamestown is always tough boys and girls. Grafton girls, York boys.
Name: Magen Freeman
1. How long have you been running cross country?
I started running cross country my freshman year so this is my fourth year on the team.
2. How has preseason training been going?
It has been going great. Coach Gross has been working really hard to match our individual skill level with workouts. Throughout the summer he put on fun run 5k’s at the high school. I worked to increase my mileage and build a good base for the upcoming season.
3. Which team or teams do you think will be the toughest competition this year?
Bay Rivers district is very competitive with so many talented teams. I think Grafton, Tabb, Lafayette and Jamestown will be the toughest competition for the PHS girls team.
4. Who are some of the key members of the Girls Cross Country team besides yourself
Courtney Rawlinson is a junior at PHS and is a key member of the team. She competed in states her freshman year. Camille Freeman is running JV this year but is showing tremendous potential of being a top runner on the team.
5. Which course is your favorite one to run on?
My favorite course is the district course at Eastern State in Williamsburg.
6. What’s your best time in a meet and which course did it come on?
I achieved my best time of 19:48 at the Walsingham Invitational in 2009.
7. What are your expectations for yourself personally this upcoming season?
My goal is to make it to states this year. It will be tough and the district meet will be a difficult race. There are many talented runners in the Bay Rivers District. I would like to break my personal record from the previous season.
8. Besides Cross Country, do you play any other sports?
Yes, I have been involved in winter track, spring track and soccer throughout my years at PHS.
9. What do you like best about living in Poquoson and attending PHS?
I love that Poquoson is a small, supportive community. Attending PHS has been a wonderful experience so far.
10. What do you do in your free time for fun?
I love to go to the beach and skim board with friends. I also love to play soccer.
The Clippers came to town last week and beat the Bulls 3 games to 1. Game one score wa 25-16 Grafton, game 2 was taken by PHS 25-20 and then Grafton won the next two by the scores of 25-17 and 25-22.
Kayla Renn lead the Islanders with 17 assists. She also had 4 digs and 2 kills. Maggie McDevitt and Kathleen Mcgonigle each had 9 kills and Loreigh Akers had 9 digs
The Dinwiddie Generals came out on top Friday night, beating the Bulls by the score of 30-10. The first quarter ended with the Generals on top 3-0.
After 2 2nd quarter scores, the teams went to the locker rooms with the Bulls behind 16-0. However, PHS came out in the 3rd quarter and marched 81 yards, scoring a TD to pull within 16-6. Thomas Garris plunged in from the 2 for the score.The big play was a 64 yard pass to freshman Austin Turner from senior QB Tee McConnell. The Bulls went for two and McConnell hooked up with Dylan Hill on a fade pass for the successful try.
The back breaker was on the ensuing kickoff, when Dinwiddie returned it 90 yards for a score. making it 23-8. After a William Haskins punt pinned the Generals deep, the defense held and forced a punt. Josh Forrest blocked the kick, the ball going out the back of the end zone for a safety, bringing the score to 23-10.
After the free kick, the Bulls were moving the ball when a McConnell pass was picked off and returned 55 yards for TD.
Poquoson's next game if Friday September 17 against Lafayette at the JCC sports Complex