Despite being able to hang tough with a physically superior Isle of Wight team through most of the first half, the speed,strength and execution of the Warrior squad proved to be too much for the Vikings. Thing looked promising as the Vikings marched down the field and scored a tying touchdown with under two minutes left in the first half, but when Isle of Wight took the ball and scored with only few seconds left, extending the lead to 32 -26, that seemed to take all the wind out of Broadwater’s sails.
Isle of Wight scored on the first drive of the second half and never looked back. Down 42 – 26 late in the third quarter, the Vikings drove to the Isle of Wight seven yard line, but after three incompletions, and then a missed field goal, the fate of the game was sealed. Despite what appeared to be a lopsided score, Broadwater Academy fought hard until the final whistle.
Once again, the Viking offense has proven it can score points with a powerful ground game and fluid passing attack, however, pass defense has been the achilles heel, and has just given up to many chunk plays to recover from.
Broadwater hosts Portsmouth Christian next week for their homecoming, 1:00 at Bynum Field.
In other local action, the Northampton Yellow Jackets lost a non-conference game to the Middlesex Chargers of 57-27.
The Yellow Jackets host the Chincoteague Ponies next Friday at 7:00.