IWA-Sport: Chargers deserve 3rd place in soccer playoffs
Published Tuesday 8 November 2022 18:54
By James J Lidington
Isle of Wight Academy
Isle of Wight Academy’s Jackson Cofer rushed for 116 yards and finished his career rushing for more than 1,000 yards as the IWA surpassed visiting Fishburne Military School 21-12 on Friday, November 4.
The win was the fourth straight for the Chargers after they started the year 0-4. They finished the year in third place in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III game.
While IWA held onto a 14-12 lead on Friday, defenseman Grayson Brocks sack fourth-ranked Fishburne quarterback Grayson Jones with less than 10 minutes to go after the caissons rolled to the Chargers’ 31-yard line were.
Eight games later, Cofer clinched a pass from IWA sophomore signal caller Jason Chapman and appeared to be stopped after a brief win, but outmaneuvered Fishburne’s defenders to save the 5-07 win.
Dylan Donnelly led the Chargers with 10 tackles.
The Chargers were 6-0 down against the Caissons at halftime but rallied in the third quarter. Her opening drive was an eight-play, 60-yard affair. After three first downs, Chapman appeared to hit Evan Bracey for a hit from 16 yards only to have the game recalled by a goal penalty.
But on the team’s second chance at the second deficit, Chapman met Alex Holt for a 40-yard pass play that combined with Jude Powell’s PAT gave the Chargers a temporary 7-6 lead.
Fishburne responded with an 11-play, 65-yard drive to make it 12-7 in the visitors’ favor with 3:31 remaining in the period. After taking over at the Caissons’ 42, the Chargers took the lead a good four games later when Cofer scored from four yards for the score to make it 14-12.
IWA Cross Country runners will compete in the VISAA Cross Country State Championships at Woodberry Forest on Friday, November 11th.
Pierce Cutler, John Butler, Zach Jackson, Jayce Joyner, Robert Sullivan, Brendan Mackie and Gage Huber achieved qualifying times for the state meeting; Brett Landen, Jacob Dunlap and Glenn Walters will also compete.
For the girls, Hannah Edwards, Hannah McClain and Alex Wilson reached the qualifying goals; Lauren Maust, Reese Upton, Hailey Whitley and Jillian Foster will also compete.
The IWA volleyball team ended its regular season on October 25 with a 3-0 loss to perennial powerhouse StoneBridge School. The Chargers ended the year with a 6-7 record.