Essex ended its regular season in Tappahannock on Saturday night capping a perfect (10-0, 4-0) undefeated season with a 39-0 win over Rappahannock (5-4, 2-2).
It was a strange week for the Trojans, who, thanks to a hurricane named Sandy, played another Northern Neck District rival, the Washington and Lee Eagles, just three nights previous, and beat them as well, by the same score.
It was a sweet end to the regular season for second-year coach John Fulks who takes his team into the playoffs as Division 2’s top seed.
“We’ve got a lot of games left, and our job is to be ready,” said Fulks. “I am really proud of our district play, our offense and our defense have done an excellent job. Now we’ve got to stay levelheaded and get ready to make a deep run in the playoffs.”
The game Saturday night was beset with penalties, which slowed the pace, as did the nippy mid-40s temperatures. Essex scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second quarter to lead 26-0 at the half. Essex scored another two in the third quarter.
The Trojans won the game as they have all season, with a varied attack. A 40-yard pass reception by Tyrell Ware started the Trojan scoring.
Rahiem Rollings made a 15-yard run that made the score 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Keith Bundy caught a 20-yard pass for the next touchdown and a short yardage run by Rolling made it 26-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, DeAndre Baylor caught a 20-yard pass and Alonzo Tompkins caught an 11-yard pass that took the score to 39-0.
In Division 2 of the eastern sectional playoffs, top-seeded Essex (10-0) will host 16th seeded Luray (3-7) on Nov. 9. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Essex ended the year as the top ranked team in Division 2 teams followed by 20th ranked W&L.