Cox Falcons soaring high as football playoffs near

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — With the playoffs coming up next month, the Cox Falcons are a contender to make another post season appearance. Coach Bill Stachelski’s team has been in the playoffs the last couple of years, even picking up the first post season win in school history and with that comes expectations.

“This year our goal this year is to win two playoff games,” coach Stachelski said. “If we go further than that, that’s great but I think we have been able to establish a winning tradition and build on it every year and that’s the key.”

Cox prides itself as being a disciplined team. The Falcons don’t commit a lot of penalties, they don’t turn the ball over much and they stick to the fundamentals.

“There’s no secret formula, it’s just hard work, it’s discipline,” Stachelski said. “We don’t throw the ball around like we did the last couple of years because we just don’t have the players to do it so we modify what we do. Our plan is to keep it simple and not try and reinvent the wheel and not ask them to do something they are not capable of doing.”

One of the team leaders is senior Jordan Williams. One of the best players in the state, the big defensive lineman has earned a scholarship to Clemson.

“He’s the leader of the defense, he’s the leader of the team by default, he’s been playing since he was a freshman, so he’s definitely earned the right to have that leadership role.”

In more than five decades as a school, Cox has never won a Beach District title. The Falcons are one of four teams at the Beach with a 5-1 record and the players are hoping this is the year.

“Coaches have been doing a good job getting us ready for the games each week,” Senior Michael Broccoletti said.

“For the past couple of years I’ve been here it’s been about breaking records for the Cox football team,” Senior Matthew Broccoletti said. “This is one those teams that can.”

Four regular season games remain, and then it’s on to the playoffs.