Falcons Fall In VISFA Title Bout
A lot of things needed to bounce right for the Fuqua School football team if the Falcons were to prevail over Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot in the Virginia Independent Schools Football Association Division IV Championship game.
The breaks came too few and far between for the Falcons, who fell to the Knights 41-6 last Friday night at Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot's Barham-Sowers Field.
The Knights successfully defended their 2009 Division III title.
“We ran into a team that was ready to win a title,” said Fuqua head coach Skeeter Fore. “We knew our best chance was to control the ball, and we were unable to do that.”
The Falcons also wanted to avoid a quick start by BS-H. It didn't happen. The Knights bolted to a 14-0 lead before fans were able to warm the aluminum bleachers.
Fuqua's only points on the night came on a 67-yard run by junior quarterback Charles Williams, who cut the Knights' lead to 14-6, but from there, BS-H was able to control all phases of the game.
The Knights worked their way to a 28-6 lead at halftime, and put the game out of reach with an early score in the third quarter. An interception by senior Michael Marquez appeared to give Fuqua a chance to score early in the third quarter, but his return was hindered by an illegal block in the back.
“Down 28-6 at the half, we knew that our backs were against the wall, but a score there could've gotten us back to where we had a shot,” said Fore. “We were unable to do so, and once they scored to push their lead to 35-6, it made a tall task that much more difficult.”
BS-Huguenot was able to match Fuqua's strengths of speed with the running combination of Deon Watts and John Moore, who combined to score five of six touchdowns for the Knights.
BS-Huguenot capitalized on a big size differential along the lines.
“They had one kid who could almost fill a doorway, and it went down from there. That enabled them to control the ball, and in effect, the game.”
Fuqua was led offensively by Williams, who had 105 yards and the 67-yard touchdown on 16 carries. Williams completed five passes on seven attempts for 13 yards and had an interception, while Carter Cunningham was 3-4 passing for four yards.
Defensively, Fuqua was led by Clayton Worrell, who had ten tackles and an assist, while Marquez had five tackles, an assist and an interception. Larry Haskins recorded seven stops and two assists, while Stephen Matney had six tackles and three assists and Sam Hall had six tackles and four assists.
The Falcons finish the season with a 9-3 record, with two losses coming to BS-Huguenot and the other a 50-44 loss to Division III member Hampton Roads Academy.
“We went about as far as we could,” said Fore. “The Hampton Roads Academy game is one we'd like to have back, but other than that, I guess we did about as well as we could do, given injuries and the wear and tear of the season.”