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Easley, Stepney, Dee among 10 new inductees to VHSL Hall of Fame

Staff report - The Virginian-Pilot

Oscar Smith High safety Kenny Easley Jr., running back Larry Stepney of Norview and the late coach Bill Dee, primarily of Phoebus, were among 10 people selected for induction to the 2019 Virginia High School Hall of Fame class, bringing its total to 295.

The 30th annual induction dinner will be held June 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Charlottesville.

Easley's No. 5 jersey is retired at Oscar Smith, where he is one of the namesakes of the Tigers' stadium, and the South Norfolk athletic fields are named in his honor. Easley was a quarterback, safety, kicker, kick returner, punter and punt returner for Oscar Smith, becoming the first player in VHSL history to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season.


Chris Scott named new head football coach at Oscar Smith High

By Larry Rubama - Staff writer

CHESAPEAKE — Chris Scott is returning to the public-school coaching ranks, and he’ll take over South Hampton Roads’ most prominent high school football program.

Scott was introduced as the head coach at Oscar Smith High, grabbing the reins of a team that is a perennial region and state power.

What intrigued him about Oscar Smith was the program's tradition and passion to pursue excellence.

"When you represent Oscar Smith, you’re representing being a champion," Scott said. "It’s being a champion on and off the field. ... That’s what I’m excited about. That’s what this place does, it brings out the best in you because you got to be your best to compete here."

Photo from Virginian-Pilot staff (L. Todd Spencer)


Scott Johnson steps down as Oscar Smith head football coach

By Larry Rubama

Staff writer

Jan 8, 2019

Scott Johnson watched his father work all the time.

“I always said I wouldn’t do that," he said. "I want to be able to have some time to do some other things."

Now he will. Johnson stepped down Tuesday as the head football coach at Oscar Smith High, ending his tenure at the storied program after a 23-5 record over two seasons.

“I’m going to retire from teaching,” said Johnson, 61, who teaches U.S. History and whose coaching career spans 40 years. “ ... Forty years is a long time but it just felt right.”


seven tigers named to all-tidewater team

The Virginian=Pilot’s 2018 All-Tidewater team honored seven Oscar Smith Tigers this season including:

FIRST TEAM

Cam’Ron Kelly

Isaiah Mayes

Austin Benoit

SECOND TEAM

Omega Williams

Elijah Alston

Horace Sawyer

Malcolm Britt

See the full team plus profiles here


ed beard inducted into the hampton roads hall of fame

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NORFOLK, Va. - The ninth induction class for the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame features a NBA No. 1 draft pick, an Olympic sprinter and more. The ninth induction class for the Hall of Fame was enshrined Monday at Scope Arena in Norfolk.

Ed Beard was a football standout and state heavyweight wrestling champion at Oscar Smith High School. After two years at University of Tennessee and a stint in the U.S. Army, Beard played eight years for the San Francisco 49ers as a linebacker and special teams star. He also spent 10 years as an NFL assistant coach.


Oscar Smith's Aaron Acevedo overcomes lack of size with heart

By Larry Rubama

The Virginian-Pilot

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Aaron Acevedo was a terror at running back when he played rec football at Crestwood Middle School.

But when he arrived at Oscar Smith High, he shied away from the position.

“I’ve always played running back but there were always great running backs ahead of me,” he said. “So, I just had to wait my turn.”

Even at the start of his senior season, Acevedo was still at safety. But his time came when starting running back Joe Bray was injured in the opening game.

Needing a reliable running back, coach Scott Johnson inserted Acevedo and the Tigers – ranked No. 1 in South Hampton Roads – haven’t missed a beat.


Oscar Smith's grand entrace draws plenty of attention

By Jami Frankenberry
The Virginian-Pilot

Oscar Smith’s football team has known how to make an entrance for a while.

And that entrance is drawing plenty of attention outside South Hampton Roads.

Oscar Smith’s pre-game tradition of busting out of its “Tiger Cage” before home games continued in its season opener Saturday.


Oscar Smith lineman wants to carry on grandfather's legacy

BY LARRY RUBAMA, VIRGINIAN-PILOT

Deondre Davis grew up hearing all about his grandfather’s exploits on the football field.

“He always used to tell us he was a really good running back,” Davis said. “But growing up being that young, I didn’t believe him because you see him now and you think, ‘Nah, you weren’t a running back.’ And he used to talk about how he broke a lot of records and won a lot of games. He just never let me forget how great he was or what he thinks he was.”


Class of 2019 | The Top 50 high school football players in South Hampton Roads

BY LARRY RUBAMA, VIRGINIAN-PILOT

Rankings are based on last season’s performance, this season’s expectations, player's potential, last season's honors, academic standing and consultation with high school and college coaches. 

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Ranked Tigers

 2. Cam'Ron Kelly

 7. Horace Sawyer

12. Elijah Alston

16. Isaiah Mayes

20. Bri'Quan Harrell

22. Jarius Howard

25. TJ Tucker

32 Deondre Davis


Great eight for Tigers: Oscar Smith High School sends eight to college football ranks

BY ADAM WINKLER, WTKR

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - It takes talent to play for a state championship three straight seasons. Wednesday, Smith's talent takes the next step on its football journey.

Eight senior Tigers football players celebrate National Signing Day during a ceremony on campus, including a pair of Division I signees.

Linebacker Keshon Artis inked with Virginia Tech during December's early signing period. Offensive tackle James Collins did the same with Central Florida. Artis and Collins joined six Smith teammates who signed Wednesday...

Photo by Rod Johnson

Photo by Rod Johnson


Oscar Smith welcomes another out-of-state opponent in season opener

By Larry Rubama, The Virginian-Pilot

Oscar Smith will face another tough out-of-state opponent next season when the Tigers host West Forsyth High of North Carolina in the football season opener Aug. 25.

The Tigers are known for scheduling marquee football games each season against out-of-state teams. Last season they played Vero Beach (Fla.); in 2016, they faced perennial power DeMatha Catholic of Maryland. Oscar Smith also has played opponents from South Carolina and Ohio in recent seasons...

Photo by Greg Bishop Photography


For Kenny Easley, induction into Hall of Fame was a life-changing event

By Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot

If you’re not an Atlanta Falcons fan, you probably agree that last year’s Super Bowl was one of the most entertaining NFL games ever played.

After trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots drove 92 yards in the final two minutes to score a touchdown and add the two-point conversion to send the game into overtime, where they won 34-28.

For Kenny Easley, it was memorable for an unrelated reason. While in Houston for Super Bowl festivities, he learned he would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame...

Photo by Greg Bishop Photography