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Poquoson Bull Islanders Overwhelm Jamestown
Submitted by Gary Maynard

The Poquoson Bull Islanders gridiron squad continued their early season onslaught with a 37-0 drubbing of the home-standing Jamestown Eagles at Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg on Friday, September 7.

Though sputtering at times offensively, the Bulls defense completely stymied the over-matched Eagles offense the entirety of the contest.

The Jamestown offense had only two offensive first downs the entire evening, both coming courtesy of Poquoson defensive penalties.

The Bulls defense forced four Jamestown turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, and yielded four yards of total offense to the Eagles, minus two rushing yards and four passing yards.

On the other side of the ball, running backs Bailey Green and Colten Hicks paced a furious Poquoson rushing game with two touchdown runs apiece, and quarterback Stephen Parker was efficient from the pocket with five completions for 121 passing yards.

The only negative for the Bulls was amassing 120 yards in penalties for the evening, which was an area of emphasis from Poquoson coach Elliott Duty at game’s end.

"The only thing I’m upset about is the stupid mistakes and penalties,” Duty told his team. "We can’t make mistakes like that and hope to keep winning. Chop blocks, holding, personal fouls, roughing the quarterback, retaliating when another player shoves you.”

"It’s tough for any high school offense to overcome a first-and-25, we’re at our best when we’re second-and-five, third-and-one.” Duty said. "At our best, we can play with anybody, but we need to work on eliminating the mistakes.”

Poquoson started the game in dominant fashion; two, three-and-outs for the defense, and two offense drives, two touchdowns by the offense.

Green got the Bulls on the scoreboard first with a 39-yard touchdown run, and Hicks answered on the next offensive series with a 7 yard touchdown run, culminating an 11-play drive, the Bulls longest touchdown drive of the season thus far.

The game was then interrupted for 45 minutes for a lightening delay, which temporarily stalled the Poquoson blitzkrieg.

Though Green added a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the Bulls offense appeared somewhat listless after the weather delay.

"We lost a little bit of intensity after the delay,” Duty said. "So, we had to fire them back up a little bit at halftime.”

Whatever the coaches said at the half worked, as Poquoson added a 7-yard touchdown run from Hicks and a 10-yard touchdown run from Nate Casey on their first two offensive possessions of the second half.

With a running game clock thereafter, the final Poquoson score came on the game’s final play, as a Jamestown running back was tackled in the end zone by several Bulls players for a safety.

Green led the rushing statistics with 95 yards on the ground, Hicks added 63 yards, and fullback Max Barrett rushed for 64 yards as the Bulls rushed for 265 yards.

Hunter Schmidt was the favorite receiver for Parker, hauling in three receptions for 72 yards, and Hicks had one reception for 44 yards.

The Grafton Clippers are scheduled to play at Poquoson Middle School on Friday, September 14, but Hurricane Florence is looming on the horizon, so stay tuned for potential postponements or schedule changes.


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