Achieving history, football style

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By: An-Vu Phan, Sports Editor

This year has been marked by successes and surprises for sports teams throughout the school, and, most recently, the school football team not only met success, it achieved school history.

Last Friday, James River High School’s football team took on C.D Hylton, a first-seeded team. This was James River’s first playoff game since 2000 and their third appearance at the playoffs, but the story doesn’t end here.

With a result of 13-8, James River made history by achieving their first win in the playoffs in the school’s 20 year history. That win would see the Rapids advance to the last 16 and a reunion with district rivals, Cosby.

“They’re a district rival team,” said Coach Greg Defrancesco. “They’re scrappy and they battle and they’re well coached.”

Cosby entered the playoffs with a record of 6-4 and seeded fifth in the 6A side of the tournament bracket. The last time that the Rapids locked horns with Cosby, the game finished with the result of 13-6.

“The unity, maturity, and work ethic of the team got us to where we are,” said Defrancesco.

Along with these traits, James River showed a dominating defense throughout the year, having held back a C.D Hylton team that were flying offensively this season. Though James River are seeded eighth, the lowest of the teams playing in the 6A South bracket, and an equal record to Cosby at 7-4, the Rapids will look to continue their story with a win at Cosby on Friday.

So come out and watch as the Rapids take on their rivals in what might be the most pivotal game for both teams this year.

This article originally listed the last playoff year as 2001. It was the year 2000. We apologize for the error, and have updated the article to reflect the correct year.

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