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Bulls Win, But Execution Was "Sluggish”
Submitted by Gary Maynard

The Poquoson Bull Islanders kept their unbeaten 2018 football season alive with a 27-0 victory over the home-standing New Kent Trojans on Friday, September 21.

For the second game in a row, it was the Bulls defense which was on point in tossing the shut-out, and limiting a very capable Trojans offense to only 118 total yards.

"I’m very happy with the effort of the entire team, and happy about the way the defense played,” Poquoson coach Elliott Duty said. "But, we’ve got some work to do on offense.”

The Islanders amassed 281 yards of total offense, but poor execution, which included two fumbles, one resulting in a turnover, inside the New Kent 5- yard line means there’s still work to do.

"We simply can’t afford those kinds of mistakes against the teams we have to play in this district,” Duty said. "W could have scored two or three more touchdowns. We left points on the field, and that’s what we have to work on.”

Though the Poquoson offense failed to find the endzone on three separate occasions, they still managed to put points on the scoreboard courtesy of place-kicker Ethan Sneddon, who booted field goals of 35 and 32 yards respectively.

The Bulls offense was once again paced by their ground attack, which rushed for 209 yards.

Junior wingback Bailey Green led the Poquoson ground game with 95 yards rushing and one touchdown, while wingback Colten Hicks and quarterback Stephen Parker added one touchdown apiece to finish off the Bulls scoring.

Defensively, linebacker Max Barrett turned in another excellent performance, but in truth, the performance of the entire defense was exemplary.

Up to the final offensive series for the Trojans, executed against the Poquoson second team defense, New Kent had minus one yard of rushing in the second half.

More importantly perhaps, the Bulls had limited New Kent wingback Evan Branch, one of the districts best, to only 58 yards prior to the last possession. Branch led the Trojan offense and ended the game with 72 yards on the ground.

"Branch scared me to death every time he touched the ball,” Duty said. "I’m real impressed by his ability. He’s a good, tough running back, so to hold him in check and limit the big-play potential showed the effort of our defense.”

Green scored on the first Poquoson possession of the game on a 17-yard on a jet-sweep to the left side of the Bulls offensive line.

Afterwards, a defensive struggle ensued, and following a lost fumble by the Poquoson offense inside the Trojans 5-yard line and poor execution of the passing game on another possession, the Bulls could only manage three additional points in the first half, courtesy of Mr. Sneddon.

The offensive execution in the second half was better, but not great, and produced touchdown runs of two yards by Hicks and a 1- yard quarterback sneak by Parker.

Overall, the result yielded yet another victory, but with the Warhill Lions looming on the schedule as their next opponent, there remains work to be done on the practice field.

"Every time we play Warhill it’s a smash-mouth, physical game, and I don’t expect the next game to be any different,” Duty said. "We have to execute better to have any chance to win the game.”

Warhill, also unbeaten, travels to Poquoson Middle School on Friday, September 28.


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