Daily Press (Sunday)

Delhomme’s 3 TDs power Warwick

- Staff reports

Class 5 Region B

Messiah Delhomme scored five of the six times he touched the ball Friday night as Warwick routed city and Peninsula District rival Menchville 57-6 at Todd Stadium in a Class 5 Region B quarterfin­al.

The third-seeded Raiders (10-1) earned a trip to Suffolk to face second-seeded King’s Fork (11-0) in a semifinal of what appears to be Hampton Roads’ strongest playoff bracket.

“We were able to score in all three phases,” Warwick coach Corey Hairston said. “We’ve got a lot of great players on our team. We focus on team and not one player, and we are pleased with our performanc­e tonight.”

Delhomme capped a 69-yard, six-play opening drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. After Menchville went three-and-out, Delhomme returned the punt 57 yards for a touchdown. After another three-and-out by the Monarchs, quarterbac­k Eduardo Rios ended a 30-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. Abdul Mokhtar’s third PAT made it 21-0 with 4:38 left in the first quarter.

Menchville quarterbac­k Amir Harrison, who rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries, reeled off a 57-yarder in the first quarter, and a Warwick penalty took the ball to the 4.

On fourth down from the 1, Harrison barely made it to the end zone to cut Warwick’s lead to 21-6.

But the Raiders put the game away in the second quarter with three more touchdowns: Julio Carrecter’s 7-yard return of a blocked punt, Rios’ 18-yard pass to Cameron Glenn and Delhomme’s 45-yard run. Delhomme ran for a pair of two-point conversion­s as well.

Saeed Williams and Keon Batts provided Warwick’s final TDs. With a running clock triggered by the 35-point margin, the Raiders only ran five offensive plays in the

second half.

— Reported by Charlie Baumgardne­r

King’s Fork 49, Bethel 7: The Bulldogs reached the end zone three times in the first quarter and twice in the second to take a 35-7 halftime edge.

Maury 63, Kecoughtan 0:

LaVontay Bond ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Josh Powell’s 57-yard punt return and Leon Clark’s 7-yard run also were among the Commodores’ touchdowns. The Commodores have outscored foes 682-84 this season and will play fourth-seeded Nansemond River (9-2).

Nansemond River 35, Granby 20:

A blocked field-goal attempt that the Warriors’ Immanuel Ezeogu picked up and ran back for a touchdown proved critical.

The Warriors moved ahead 14-0 by halftime, saw the fifth-seeded Comets (7-4) get back in contention, then scored the game’s final two touchdowns.

Granby was in its first playoff game since 2017.

Class 6 Region A

Thomas Dale 31, Western Branch 22:

The second-seeded Knights advanced to a region semifinal against third-seeded

Manchester, which downed sixthseede­d Landstown 42-0.

The host Lancers (10-1), who won their 10th game in a row, went ahead 28-0 in the second quarter and gave the Eagles (5-6) little hope of an upset in their first playoff appearance since 2019.

Class 4 Region A

Phoebus 104, Jamestown 0:

In one of the all-time mismatches in VHSL playoff history, Phoebus set a school record — and likely a Peninsula-area record — for points and victory margin in a 104-point dismantlin­g of Jamestown (1-10) in a Class 4 Region A quarterfin­al at Darling Stadium.

The Phantoms (11-0), strong candidates to win their third consecutiv­e state trophy despite moving up an enrollment class, rang up 84 points in the first half. By then, they already had broken the school record for points in a game, which the 2003 squad set by scoring 79 against Menchville. They’ll face the rival Hampton Crabbers next week.

Warhill 59, Manor 12: The second-seeded and unbeaten Lions (11-0) led 31-0 against the Mustangs (2-9) after the first 15 minutes.

Next week, Warhill will play host to third-seeded Churchland (8-3), which clobbered Gloucester 70-0 in Portsmouth, ending the Dukes’ campaign at 3-8.

Class 3 Region A

Lake Taylor 38, Colonial Heights 0:

Marquise Drew-Rogers was a workhorse back for the Titans, and his 1-yard TD began the scoring. The hosts totaled 19 points in each half on their way to a secondroun­d road clash against Lafayette.

Class 2 Region A

King William 54, Bruton 13: The fourth-seeded Cavaliers made a statement that they’ll be a threat for the region title, knocking out the fifth-seeded Panthers.

 ?? KENDALL WARNER/STAFF ?? Warwick’s Messiah Delhomme, shown on Oct. 28, scored three touchdowns in Friday night’s playoff victory over Menchville.
KENDALL WARNER/STAFF Warwick’s Messiah Delhomme, shown on Oct. 28, scored three touchdowns in Friday night’s playoff victory over Menchville.

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