Beach football coaches adjust for Monday night games

southsidedailysportsHurricane Joaquin’s impending threat took the fun out of Friday night lights for eight Virginia Beach high school football teams.

The past week’s heavy rains forced the city to postpone Friday’s normal slate of games to tonight, weather permitting.

Green Run and Salem played last Thursday night (Salem won 14-0), and Princess Anne enjoyed a stormy weekend bye.

Here’s the rest of the Beach District’s Monday football schedule:

  • Landstown at Floyd E. Kellam, 6 p.m.
  • Kempsville vs. Ocean Lakes, 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Beach Sportsplex
  • Frank W. Cox at Bayside, 7 p.m.
  • Tallwood at First Colonial, 7 p.m.

The city’s public schools cancelled all after-school activities on Friday, meaning teams did not practice or meet.

Football coaches were forced to approach their pregame preparations differently.

Frank W. Cox coach Bill Stachelski held a shortened, low-activity indoor practice Saturday to re-engage his players for their game plan tonight against Bayside.

“Have to keep them fresh,” Stachelski said, “so they don’t forget what we talked about this week.”

Stachelski believes the postponement will test his players mentally more than physically.

While their daily routines alter, they earn extra rest days.

“Everyone gets to recharge their batteries,” Stachelski said.

“Physically they’ll be ready to go,” he added. “How does it affect them mentally going into school Monday knowing they have a game that night? A lot of different variables.”

Bayside coach Jon White’s group was unhappy with its wait.  White’s Marlins (4-0) were eager to face the Falcons team (4-0) that ended their playoff run last fall.

White joked that one of his players laid on the ground during class Friday repeating “But coach it’s not fair!” when the postponement news came.

The third-year coach gave his players the weekend off from practice, but they kept active on Hudl, an online interactive tool that lets coaches and players review game film and highlights. There, White networked with his players by creating film notes and drawing up plans.

“Guys were able to stay at home, go on Hudl, take care of academics,” White said.

“Or shoot, clean the house, be a good son,” he added, laughing. “You find a way to make it a positive.”

Follow Joe Saade’s coverage of Virginia Beach high school sports on Twitter @SouthsideTeams. To submit story ideas, or to suggest players or teams to profile, email him at Joe@southsidedaily.com.

 

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