Phoebus Phamtoms


The vital info

2008 | 15-0, 9-0 (defeated Dinwiddie 37-13 for state championship)

Last playoff appearance | 2008

Coach | Stan Sexton (first year at Phoebus; fifth season overall, 23-19)

Division | 5

School number | 727-1000

Home stadium | Darling

The schedule

Sept. 3Gloucester (1-9) 7
Sept. 11Churchland (6-5) 7
Sept. 19at Warwick (6-5) 4
Sept. 26at Heritage (1-9) 1
Oct. 2Woodside (6-5) 7
Oct. 9at Kecoughtan (5-5) 7
Oct. 15Menchville (2-8) 7
Oct. 23at Hampton (10-2) 7
Oct. 31at Denbigh (4-6) 1
Nov. 6Bethel (8-4) 7

The standouts

Daquan Romero

6-2 | 200 | TE/DE | Jr.

Emerged as a two-way star during Phoebus' state title run last year. Caught 34 passes for 695 yards and 11 TDs and terrorized QBs.

Chaz Robinson

6-0 | 190 | FB/LB | Sr.

Served mostly as a blocking back for Shawne Alston last fall but still averaged 6 yards per carry. Was especially tough against the run as an LB.

Caleb Taylor

6-3 | 215 | LB/TE | Jr.

Really stepped it up in the playoffs last year. Had a huge interception vs. Lake Taylor and a team-high nine tackles against Dinwiddie in the title game.

The storylines

1. Meet the new boss. Sexton isn't really "new" — he was an assistant at Phoebus for 14 years. But he's taking over for Bill Dee, who literally built this program into what it is.

2. Boyd out, Morant in. Tajh Boyd was the greatest quarterback in school history, leading the program to a 41-2 record and two state titles. Paul Morant, though, saw plenty of time as the backup.

3. Who is the next great tailback? Replacing 2,000-yard rusher Shawne Alston is senior Colby Goodwyn, who rushed for 511 yards (7.1 per carry). Not as strong as Alston, but awfully elusive.

4. Will the defense slip? Of course. How could it not? The Phantoms allowed only 53 points last year — 3.5 per game! That'll be impossible to match, but Phoebus will still have the PD's best unit.

5. Can the Phantoms repeat? Graduation took a huge toll, but Phoebus remains the team to beat in the PD. Beyond that? Along with Lake Taylor, the Phantoms are one of the D-5 favorites.

The key to success

Phoebus' motto is "The beat goes on," and with apologies to Sonny and Cher, it will come down to how some seniors who served more complementary roles last year develop as the headliners. Specifically, that would be Morant and Goodwyn, who will try to execute Phoebus' trademark ball-control offense.

The big number

21Consecutive victories in Peninsula District games by Phoebus, the longest streak in school history.

The coach speaks

"Everybody talks about what we lost, but nobody talks about what we have coming back. We have guys who were starters last year and a huge part of that team."

— Stan Sexton