CHESAPEAKE (WAVY)- Last football season ended in maybe the most brutal way for Oscar Smith High School. The Tigers, who’d escaped with a handful of miraculous wins through an undefeated regular season, made it all the way to the 6A state championship game, where they fell 49-42 to Westfield in three overtimes.
Quarterback Shon Mitchell, now heading into his senior season, remembers it with just one word.
“Speechless,” he said. “Still to this day.”
But it’s a new day and a new season for the Tigers, who are now under the direction of head coach Bill Dee, who takes over for the departed Richard Morgan after 14 seasons.
“It’s a new challenge,” said Dee, who led Phoebus to four state titles and now returns to the high school ranks after coaching stops at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University.
Dee certainly knows how to win, and now takes over a team that he believes knows how to win. Oscar Smith will be led by Mitchell, who’s closing in on the Virginia High School League’s all-time passing record. But Dee says the one thing Mitchell cares about more than records is something that’s eluded him through three seasons, a state championship.
“That’s what his goal is, and that’s what this team’s goal will be,” said Dee.