IWA dries up Broadwater

Published 10:29 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By James J. Lidington

Special to the News-Herald

Isle of Wight Academy’s football team dominated the second half of its game on Saturday against Broadwater Academy and ran away with a 60-26 victory over the Vikings in Exmore.

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Chargers junior running back Donald King rushed for 87 yards and scored twice; backfield mate Alec Edwards, a senior, rushed for 62 yards and scored three times to key a potent IWA running attack. The Chargers scored 34 unanswered points starting just before halftime in defeating the Vikings.

The game was competitive early on, though, as the two teams exchanged leads seven times in the first two periods.

Edwards got the scoring started when he dashed in from seven yards out to make it 6-0. Broadwater’s vaunted passing attack, centering on senior quarterback Austin Murphy and senior wide receiver Major Morgan, answered with the first of their four touchdowns to make the score 7-6.

Isle of Wight senior running back Will Morningstar’s 14-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Bryce Casey capped a 10-play, 50-yard drive to begin the second quarter. The failed conversion kept the score 12-7.

Next, Murphy and Morgan hooked up again, this time from four yards away, to re-take the lead, 14-12.

The Vikings offense was hampered in the second half by an injury to Murphy’s shoulder. Broadwater generated only five pass completions after halftime.

Isle of Wight is 5-1 and faces Fuqua School on Friday in Farmville in a matchup of two of the top three Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division IV football teams.

According to the latest state ratings released by the VISAA, Fuqua is 4-1 and ranked first in Division IV, and IWA is ranked third. Broadwater dropped to 3-4 on the season and is in sixth.