VIRGINIA AAA DIVision 5
No. 10 Edison (11-2) vs. Phoebus (12-1)
Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m.,
Todd Stadium in Newport News
When Edison has the ball: Edison has repeatedly taken advantage of its offensive versatility this postseason, so it will adapt its attack to whatever Phoebus tries to take away. The Phantoms' defensive line, led by 6-foot-5, 295-pound Maurice Hampton, held Potomac's top three running backs to just 95 yards in last week's semifinal. So if Eagles RBs Kevin Carter, Akeen Perry and Stephon Robertson, who combined for 152 yards on 20 carries against Deep Run, can't get going, QB Shawn Lloyd could shoulder the load. He found both Ben Barber and Michael Rhoden for touchdowns last week.
When Phoebus has the ball: The Phantoms rely on Dennis Mathis and Haroon Brown to fuel their power running game, and they try to wear down opponents. Edison's defensive line isn't enormous, but it has been effective this postseason. Led by senior NG James Pratt (11 solo tackles, 52 assists, 4 sacks), the Eagles held Deep Run RB Wes McDaniel to just 51 yards on 18 carries last week. Robertson (34 solo, 51 assists) also made key contributions with his sure tackling from the linebacker spot. If QB Tajh Boyd decides to go to the air, he'll face a secondary that had four interceptions against Deep Run.
-- Rich Campbell