High School Football 2013: Tidewater District

CHARLES CITY

THE VITALS
Coach | Alan Jones (1st season)
2012 | 5-6, 2-2 Tri-Rivers District
Last time not in playoffs | 2011
Group | 1A
Conference | 42 (Tidewater District)

SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 | at Amelia County, 7 (L, 14-34)
Sept. 6 | Cumberland, 7 (DNP)
Sept. 13 | Sussex Central, 7 (L, 0-36)
Sept. 20 | at Franklin, 7 (L, 12-51)
Oct. 4 | at Colonial Beach, 7 (L, 12-37)
Oct. 11 | King William, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 18 | Middlesex, 7 (W, 34-32)
Oct. 25 | at King and Queen, 7 (DNP)
Nov. 1 | at Mathews, 7 (DNP)
Nov. 8 | West Point (L, 32-35)

THE STANDOUTS
James Adkins
Sr. | 6-2 | 157 | WR/DB/WB
Adkins might not get off of the field. The senior is set to play three positions this season.

Patrick Stewart
Jr. | 5-8 | 295 | OL/DL
Stewart is the heaviest player on the roster and will play on both offensive and defensive lines.

Tesean Greene
Sr. | 5-6 | 189 | RB/LB
He was Charles City’s top running back last season, with 449 yards and five touchdowns.

THE STORYLINES

Big boys. The Panthers certainly have the size needed to compete. Fourteen of the players weigh 200 pounds or more. The team has a 295-pound lineman and one who weighs in at 283. There are also two others at 276 and 268.

New coach. Alan Jones takes over for Steward Greene as Charles City looks to get into a winning mode. He also takes the Panthers into a new district. After 19 years of crossing the James River to play Tri-Rivers District opponents, Charles City moves back into the Tidewater District.

Thin ranks. There are 31 varsity football players on the roster, and 24 are underclassmen. The seven seniors will need to provide leadership.

BEST COACH
Silas Musgrove coached the Panthers four times. The last stint, from 1995 to 1998, produced four straight trips to the playoffs.

KING WILLIAM

THE VITALS

Coach | Dylan DeHart (1st season as head coach)
2012 | 11-1, 4-0
Last time not in playoffs | 2002
Group | 2A
Conference | 33 (Tidewater District)

SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 | Arcadia, 7 (DNP)
Sept. 6 | at New Kent, 7 (W, 49-18)
Sept. 13 | at Essex, 7 (L, 26-41)
Sept. 27 | Washington & Lee, 7 (W, 8-7)
Oct. 4 | Caroline, 7 (W, 32-20)
Oct. 11 | at Charles City, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 18 | Mathews, 7 (W, 56-0)
Oct. 25 | Middlesex, 7 (W, 60-12)
Nov. 1 | at West Point, 7 (W, 66-22)
Nov. 8 | at King & Queen, 7 (W, 53-0)

THE STANDOUTS

Jacob Jones
Jr. | 5-9 | 150 | QB/DB
Jones takes over for the departed Freeman McPhearson. Jones got a good amount of playing time last year since King William won eight games by more than 21 points.

Camajae Peatross
Jr. | 5-8 | 170 | RB/CB
He becomes the featured back this year after finishing second on the team with 353 yards rushing last year. He averaged 7.51 yards per carry in the Cavaliers’ high-octane offense.

Dre Smith
Sr. | 5-9 | 160 | RB/LB
He’ll be one of the standouts on defense.

THE STORYLINES

Replacing big losses. McPhearson amassed more than 5,500 yards of offense and accounted for 80 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

Poised to win again. King William hasn’t had a losing season since 1987. The team will be led by Jones, who will have experienced and talented receivers to make the adjustment from backup to starter.

Solid almost everywhere. The offensive line will be anchored by Barton Stone, a returning starter from last year’s powerful line. Dre Smith and Malcolm Jackson will lead King William’s defense from their outside linebacker position, while Barton Stone will be a force in the middle of the line.

BEST COACH

Roger Brookes won 257 games for King William, including a state championship and 10 seasons of double-digit victories. In the 2000 state Division 2 final, his Cavaliers won 25-15 over a Honaker team quarterbacked by current Steelers tight end Heath Miller.

KING AND QUEEN CENTRAL

THE VITALS
Coach | Peter Lampman (1st season)
2012 | 1-9, 1-7
Last time not in playoffs | 2012
Group | 1A
Conference | 42 (Tidewater District)

SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 | at Colonial Beach, 7 (L, 6-41)
Sept. 6 | at Lancaster, 7 (DNP)
Sept. 13 | Surry County, 7 (L, 15-24)
Sept. 27 | Rappahannock, 7 (L, 12-42)
Oct. 4 | at Northumberland, 7 (W, 20-8)
Oct. 11 | at Mathews, 7 (L, 0-12)
Oct. 19 | West Point, 2 (L, 0-35)
Oct. 25 | Charles City, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 31 | at Middlesex, 7 (L, 14-55)
Nov. 8 | King William, 7 (L, 0-53)

THE STANDOUTS

Chris Edwards (QB)

Dorion Berry (RB)

Dylan Brerton (WR)

THE STORYLINES

Lack of stability. Lampman is the Royal Tigers’ ninth head coach in 21 years, and the third in three years. He didn’t get the job until mid-July, so he didn’t have much time to prepare.

Lack of success. King and Queen Central hasn’t won more than two games in a season since 2004 and had its last winning season in 2001.

Some progress. The Royal Tigers scored four touchdowns and held Northampton scoreless in a recent scrimmage.

BEST COACH
Joe McCray only coached at King and Queen for four years, but his 1990 team produced the school’s only state championship and the 1989 team was a state runner-up. In 1990, the Royal Tigers edged J.I. Burton 21-20 in overtime for the crown.

MATHEWS

THE VITALS
Coach | Ryan Wenner (1st season as head coach)
2012 | 1-9, 1-7
Last time not in playoffs | 2012
Group | 1A
Conference | 42 (Tidewater District)

SCHEDULE
Sept. 6 | at Middlesex, 7 (L, 7-63)
Sept 13 | Lancaster, 7 (L, 23-44)
Sept. 20 | at Northumberland (L, 34-37)
Sept. 27 | at Essex, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 4 | Rappahannock, 7 (L, 0-35)
Oct. 11 | King and Queen, 7 (W, 12-0)
Oct. 18 | at King William, 7 (L, 0-56)
Oct. 25 | West Point, 7 (L, 12-68)
Nov. 1 | Charles City, 7 (DNP)
Nov. 8 | Middlesex, 7 (L, 23-27)

THE STANDOUTS
A.J. White
Sr. | 5-11 | 195 | P
White was an all-state punter for the Blue Devils in 2012. Mathews scored only 15 touchdown in 10 games, so he had plenty of opportunities.

Deondre Foster
Sr. | 6-4 | 170 | DB/WR
Another of the team’s 12 seniors, Foster earned all-region honors as a sophomore.

Dayshon Williamson
Sr. | 5-9 | 190 | RB/DB
Williamson, also a senior, He will be counted on to play on both sides of the ball this season.

THE STORYLINES
Youthfulness. Small numbers and a young squad will be challenge for Wenner, formerly the JV coach at Gloucester. The varsity roster has 38 players, with 26 of them underclassmen.

Stopping the turnaround. Mathews was 12-2 in 2011, reaching the regional championship game, but the Blue Devils couldn’t overcome the talent loss from that team and won only once last year.

Home sweet home. Mathews played many of its games on the road last year. This year, things reverse since the schedule lists six home games and only four road contests.

BEST COACH
Matt Lawson, now the coach at Tabb, took Mathews to five straight playoff appearances from 2000 to 2004. The best season was a trip to the state semifinals in 2002.

MIDDLESEX

THE VITALS
Coach | Billy Jarvis (1st season at Middlesex, 128-140 in 25 seasons)
2012 | 4-7, 2-2
Last time not in playoffs | 2011
Group | 1A
Conference | 42 (Tidewater District)

SCHEDULE
Sept. 6 | Mathews, 7 (W, 63-7)
Sept. 13 | at Rappahannock, 7 (W, 35-10)
Sept. 20 | at Lancaster, 7 (L, 14-48)
Sept. 27 | Northumberland, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 4 | Northampton, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 11 | at West Point, 7 (L, 12-54)
Oct. 18 | at Charles City, 7 (L, 32-34)
Oct. 25 | at King William, 7 (L, 12-60)
Oct. 31 | King and Queen, 7 (W, 55-14)
Nov. 8 | at Mathews, 7 (W, 27-23)

THE STANDOUTS
Andre Campbell
Jr. | 5-10 | 160 | WR/DB
He was the Chargers’ second-leading receiver last year, behind University of Miami signee Ryheem Lockley. Campbell caught 15 passes for 263 yards.

Kaleb Lake
Sr. | 6-2 | 225 | OG/LB
Lake had 22 tackles for Middlesex last year and is one of two returning starters on defense.

Deangelo King
So.| 6-0 | 165 | QB
King moves up from the junior varsity, and Jarvis says he is an athletic quarterback.

THE STORYLINES
Starting from scratch. Jarvis has built programs before, most recently at Warhill. He inherits a team that lost most of its starters from last year, including Lockley.

Size is an issue. Jarvis says he has a big center in 220-pound Hughes Nelson.

Speed is not an issue. Jarvis says Middlesex probably has more speed than the last team he coached, Warhill. He thinks the team has enough speed to score and prevent others from scoring on big plays.

BEST COACH
Bill Garbett coached the Chargers to the 1993 state football championship and a 13-1 record. Middlesex made the state championship game the next year, but came up short.

WEST POINT

THE VITALS
Coach | L.C. Briggs (2nd season, 8-3)
2012 | 8-3, 3-1
Last time not in playoffs | 2010
Group | 1A (Tidewater District)
Conference | 42

SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 | Windsor, 7 (W, 31-20)
Sept. 6 | Rappahannock, 7 (DNP)
Sept. 13 | at Northampton, 7 (W, 49-0)
Sept. 20 | at Surry County, 7 (W, 31-30)
Oct. 3 | Lancaster, 7 (DNP)
Oct. 11 | Middlesex, 7 (W, 54-12)
Oct. 19 | at King & Queen, 2 (W, 35-0)
Oct. 25 | at Mathews, 7 (W, 68-12)
Nov. 1 | King William, 7 (L, 22-66)
Nov. 8 | at Charles City, 7 (W, 35-32)

THE STANDOUTS
Mikey Anerton
Sr. | 5-11 | 185 | QB/DB
Anerton passed for 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. He also ran for 184 yards and caught a 39-yard pass.

L.A. Allen
Sr. | 6-0 | 160 | WR/DB
If Anerton needs a new top target this year, he’ll look at Allen. All he did was catch 38 passes for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

Montel Allen
So. | 5-8 | 155 | LB/RB
No, West Point didn’t throw the ball all the time. As a freshman, Allen ran for 891 yards and 14 touchdowns.

THE STORYLINES
Replacing key losses. Perhaps the biggest was all-state receiver Seth Hatcher, who caught 48 passes for 1,103 yards and 15 touchdowns. Included was a game against Middlesex when he grabbed eight passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns.

Lots of firepower back. Briggs’ confidence is resting in four-year starting quarterback Anerton. L.A. Allen is the top returning receiver, and he’ll be joined by Jeffery Guerrant and Chase Stewart.

Improving. West Point was 8-2 in the regular season last year, but lost in the first round of the playoffs. A powerful and experienced offense, and an improved defense with more depth, should make for a successful season.

BEST COACH
Bob Fraser, who brought the double wing to West Point, coached the Pointers from 1964 to 1971. Most of those years were before the Virginia High School League’s playoffs began, but Fraser’s nine seasons produced six district championships and two runner-up finishes.