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Poquoson turns back New Kent 14-7 in smash-mouth battle
The skinny about Poquoson High being a blue collar football team was no cliché in its 14-7 win over New Kent in their Bay Rivers District game on Friday at Poquoson Middle School.
Even on the one Islanders play that featured some panache, Bailey Green’s 72-yard touchdown run that broke the 7-7 tie in the third quarter, he was sprung by lineman Hunter Schmidt’s crunching open-field block that leveled Evan Branch. Wide receiver Donovan Edwards contributed a big block on the play, too.
“The jet sweep is our bread and butter,” said Green, a sophomore who ran for a game-high 122 yards. “Hunter and Donovan Edwards made it happen and I would never have made it to the end zone without them.”
Green’s big run aside, the contest was one of attrition, one that showcased Poquoson’s defense and New New Kent’s defensive improvement. The Islanders (4-0, 3-0) limited a New Kent rushing attack averaging more than 300 yards to 83 yards on 34 carries.
“We knew it would be a smash-mouth game and we prepared for it all week,” said Poquoson offensive coordinator Bill Ward, who filled in for head coach Elliott Duty, home nursing a sore back. “It doesn’t really bother us because we’re used to the battles.”
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Saturday - September 23, 2017
York County, Poquoson set new deal on courthouse costs
York County and Poquoson adjusted the amount each locality will contribute to run the courthouse, a change that York County Administrator Neil Morgan said is more fair.
The York County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to submit the change to the circuit court at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The initial change would take place over five years and have Poquoson paying less.
In 1981, the last time the cost sharing agreement was updated, Poquoson’s population was about 20 percent of York County’s. Thus, Poquoson has covered 20 percent of the cost for the courthouse.
But since then, York has grown faster than Poquoson, and Poquoson’s population is now about 15.7 percent of York’s, according to the 2010 census.
Over the next five years, Poquoson will pay about $76,000 less for the courthouse. Morgan said that change shouldn’t be a major impact in the county.
Poquoson also will pay a 6 percent fee annually because York’s finance, human resources and IT departments are entirely supporting the shared service.
Five years from now, York and Poquoson will split the cost based on the 2020 census.
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Thursday - September 21, 2017
Poquoson School Board reviews consolidation, asks for construction costs
The Poquoson School Board is weighing its options on school consolidation. Because closing one school in Poquoson would require expanding at least one other, the board has requested cost estimates to help with the decision.
At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Jennifer Parish went over four scenarios for closing schools — two involving closing Poquoson Primary School and two involving closing Poquoson Middle School.
The decision in front of the board is still whether or not to close a school, but board members agreed they would like to know how much construction would cost before deciding if a school should be closed.
Expected savings from closing a school range from $512,747 to $609,390 annually, freeing up money for teacher pay, new classes, materials and training for teachers, Parish said.
But those savings do not include costs for renovating or expanding schools. School Board Chairman Stephen Kast said the state doesn’t provide money for school construction, so any building would be paid for by the city.
Even though enrollment has dropped by 522 students since 2006, realigning students from four schools to three schools would require expansion because more students would be moving into schools than the schools can currently fit. Each scenario would at least need expansion at the elementary school, the newest school in the city.
Parish said she would consult an architect to provide a construction cost estimate for each scenario.
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Wednesday - September 20, 2017
Poquoson beats Grafton 46-0 for third consecutive win
Poquoson High’s football team is back where it usually is in its series with Grafton, in the win column, but this time it was easier than usual. The Islanders totaled 462 yards in beating the Clippers 46-0 in their Bay Rivers District game Saturday at Bailey Field.
Robert Henesey ran for 150 yards and four touchdowns as the Islanders had 289 yards rushing. Steven Parker threw for 173 yards, including touchdown passes of 80 yards to Donovan Edwards and 21 yards to Brody McDevitt.
The Islanders’ defense – led by Colten Hicks, Max Barrett and Trevor Ellis – limited the Clippers to 114 yards, all on the ground. The Islanders marched 68 yards on the ground on their first possession, capped by Henesey’s 19-yard scoring run.
Poquoson (3-0, 2-0) hosts New Kent on Friday. Grafton (1-2, 0-2) plays Jamestown at Wanner Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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Monday - September 18, 2017
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