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Turnovers took a toll on the Tabb Tigers on Friday night, as three of them led to 14 Poquoson points during a 24-14 loss at home.
Tabb Coach Matt Lawson said Friday's loss was the first time all season the Tigers committed more turnovers than they forced.
The turnovers came at a poor time for the Tigers, whose defense held a usually stout Poquoson offense in check for most of the game.
Poquoson started the game on the right foot, getting points on its first drive. A 55-yard pass to Matthew Blaser from quarterback Trey Hicks set up a 36-yard field goal by Chris Coccimiglio.
On Tabb's first drive of the second quarter, running back TJ Jones put the ball on the turf at Tabb's 24-yard line. Poquoson recovered the fumble and turned the turnover into points five plays later.
With the ball at the 3-yard line, Hicks followed his blockers up the middle on a quarterback keeper to put the Islanders up 10-0.
Tabb responded in kind with a touchdown drive of its own. The Tigers put together a nine-play, 74-yard drive that lasted just over two minutes. The drive was capped off as Ricardo Gray took the snap out of the wildcat formation and sprinted 10 yards into the end zone to get the Tigers on the board.
A big kickoff return by Poquoson put the Islanders in a good position to steal points before the end of the half. With the ball on Tabb's 47-yard line, the Islanders methodically moved the ball down the field and inside the Tabb 5-yard line.
With three seconds left on the clock, Poquoson put the ball in the hands of backup quarterback Trevor Dunagan, who powered his way three yards for a touchdown as time expired in the half to put Poquoson up 17-7 at the break.
After a three-and-out on Tabb's first drive of the second half, the Tigers made a quarterback change for the second consecutive game. On Wil Marks' second play of the game, a miscommunication with running back Rodney Haggins resulted in a recovered fumble by Poquoson on Tabb's 1-yard line.
The Islanders once again took advantage of a Tabb turnover as Hicks plunged from one yard out into the end zone to give Poquoson a 24-7 lead.
Despite the early blunder, Marks did provide a spark for what was a stagnant Tabb offense until that point.
On Tabb's next drive, Marks completed passes of 25 and 53 yards to wide receiver Nick Hunter. The 53-yard completion went for a touchdown that brought Tabb within two scores of Poquoson with 5:35 left to play in the third quarter.
Lawson was non-committal about Tabb's quarterback situation heading into the playoffs after Friday's loss, saying the Tigers will go with whichever quarterback has the "hot hand."
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Poquoson's defense stood tall and forced two turnovers on downs in the fourth quarter and recovered another fumble to prevent Tabb from getting any offensive momentum.
As the final buzzer sounded, Poquoson found itself winners against Tabb by a final of 24-14.
"Poquoson did a great job defensively against us," Lawson said. "We were able to move the ball a little bit, but they made the plays they needed to and didn't make any mistakes. We made some mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them."
Tabb (4-6) might see Poquoson again during the first round of the Group 3A East playoffs that begin next week. Depending on how this week's games play out around the region, the Tigers will either face Phoebus, Park View, Poquoson or York in the first round.
Poquoson: 3 14 7 0 — 24
Tabb: 0 7 7 0 — 14
P: Coccimiglio FG 36, 3-0
P: Hicks 3 run (Coccimiglio kick), 10-0
T: Gray 10 run (Henderson kick), 10-7
P: Dunagan 3 run (Coccimiglio kick), 17-7
P:Hicks 1 run (Coccimiglio kick), 24-7
T: Hunter 53 pass from Hicks (Henderson kick)
First Downs: 11; 8
Rushes-yards: 40-113; 33-97
Comp-att-int: 8-18-0; 4-12-0
Passing yards: 116; 93
Fumbles-lost: 2-1; 3-3
Penalties-yards: 8-55; 2-20
Poquoson: Trey Hicks (8-18, 116 yards, 4 car, 7 yards, 2 TDs), Matthew Blaser (4 rec, 60 yards)
Tabb: Wil Marks (3-8, 84 yards, TD), Nick Hunter (4 rec, 93 yards, TD)
Grafton Offense Explodes Against Smithfield
The Grafton offense put up a season-high 58 points during a 58-33 rout against Smithfield on the road Friday night.
Grafton was paced by quarterback DJ Dobbins, who rushed for three touchdowns in the victory.
Dobbins got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Clippers on top 7-0. After Smithfield responded with a touchdown to tie the game, Grafton's Isiah Hawkins found the end zone on a 27-yard run.
The second quarter belonged to Grafton, as Dobbins opened the scoring with two touchdown runs from 10 and 32 yards out. With Grafton leading 27-7, Dobbins connected with Taylor Batte for a 37-yard touchdown. To close the quarter, Ray Gonzalez returned an interception 31 yards for a score.
By halftime, the Clippers held a commanding 41-7 advantage.
After a scoreless third quarter by Grafton, the Clippers added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to conclude the blowout victory.
Grafton (7-3) will now await its opponent in the Group 4A East playoffs beginning next week.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Grafton: 13 28 0 17 — 58
Smithfield: 7 0 13 13 — 33
G: Dobbins 9 run (King kick), 7-0
S: Williams 34 pass from Turner (Tucker kick), 7-7
G: Hawkins 27 run (kick missed), 13-7
G: Dobbins 10 run (King kick), 20-7
G: Dobbins 32 run (King kick), 27-7
G: Batte 37 pass from Dobbins (King kick), 34-7
G: Gonzalez 31 interception return (King kick), 41-7
S: Robinson 8 run (run failed), 41-13
S: Williams 41 pass from Turner (Tucker kick), 41-20
G: Moore 2 run (King kick), 48-20
S: Turner 1 run (kick blocked), 48-26
G: Walker 9 run (King kick), 55-26
S: Pierce 11 pass from Turner (Tucker kick), 55-33
Nansemond-Suffolk Blows Past HRA
Hampton Roads Academy was overmatched during a 38-8 road loss against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Friday.
The Navigators found themselves in a quick 24-0 hole after the first quarter that was extended to 31-0 by halftime.
HRA got on the board in the fourth quarter as Terry Carlos took a handoff 12 yards for a touchdown.
The Navigators finish their season with a record of 2-8.
HRA: 0 0 0 8 — 8
NSA: 24 7 0 7 — 38
N: Griffith 1 run (Giles run), 8-0
N: Giles 49 run (Browne run), 16-0
N: Giles 17 run (Moore run), 24-0
N: Houston 4 run (Anderson kick), 31-0
H: Carlos 12 run (Ricks run), 31-8
N: Koppelman 38 run (Anderson kick), 38-8
HRA: Jimmerson (4-8, 73 yards), Terry Carlos (8 car, 23 yards, TD)
NSA: Noah Giles (3 car, 74 yards, 2 TDs), Jordan Houston (15 car, 83 yards, TD)