TABB TIGERS The vital info 2008 | 8-3, 7-2 (lost 27-17 to Powhatan in Region I semifinal)
Last playoff appearance | 2008
Coach | Matt Lawson (fifth year at Tabb, 24-27; 12th year, 56-58)
Division | 4
School number | 867-7400
Home stadium | Bailey Field
at York High
The schedule Sept. 4 at Amherst (12-2)7Sept. 18 at York (6-4)7:30 Sept. 25 at New Kent (2-8)7:30Oct. 2 at Smithfeld (6-4)7:30 Oct. 9 Lafayette (4-6)7:30 Oct. 16 at Grafton (7-3)7:30Oct. 23 Jamestown (6-4) 7:30 Oct. 30 at Poquoson (8-3)7:30 Nov. 6 Warhill (0-10)7:30 Nov. 12 Bruton (6-4)7:30 The standouts Dillon Biagas
Sr. | 5-9 | 175 | WR/SS
Biagas hit a ton while leading the Tigers in tackles last season. With the graduation of all-district wide receiver Jeffrey Schurott, Biagas should become a factor at wideout.
Jr. | 6-0 | 200 | ILB/TE
Haislip and Biagas were two key reasons the Tigers surprised on defense in allowing only 17 points per game. Hard-nosed and quick, Haislip also will contribute at tight end.
Sr. | 5-8 | 170 | RB/DB
It's not just that Patrick (1,013 yards rushing last season) is fast, runs hard and can make people miss, his 15 receptions in 2008 underscore his versatility.
The storylines 1. Backing up Corey. The Tigers have featured two backs averaging 100 yards per game the past two seasons. Who will emerge to share the load with Corey Patrick this season?
2. Big-time transfer. After playing for Tabb in 2007, two-way linemen Julius Wormley has transferred back from Christchurch. At 6-4, 270, he is strong, dominant and a big-time college prospect.
3. QB question mark. All-district QB Sean Case (1,038 yards, 10 TDs) graduated. Successors Patrick Corbett and Rex Harrison are strong-armed like Case. Can they become leaders like him?
4. Line depth. With the addition of Hampton Christian transfer Sam Barber and the emergence of Aaron McFarland, the Tigers appear to be good in the trenches yet again.
5. Tough opener. Playing well at Amherst will be a good sign for the Tigers. Amherst won the Division 4 state title in 2006 and '07, before reaching the final last season.
The key to success The Tigers beat you by putting up a lot of points out of their Wing-T formation — 35.5 per game in 2007 and 30 per game a year ago. Dominating offensive lines open holes for multiple running threats. It's a bonus when the Tigers pass like they did last season: 105 yards per game.
The big number 101.3Yards-per-game rushing average last season for Corey Patrick, second in the Bay Rivers to Smithfield's Montrell Johnson (108.8).
The coach speaks "Defensively we've got to make teams feel uncomfortable and use our athletes to do it. We've got the kids to do it." — Matt Lawson