Published: December 1, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Interscholastic Athletic Association tackle football regular season comes to a close at 7 tonight when the St. Thomas-St. John Private Schools Arawaks host the St. Croix Educational Complex Barracudas at Lionel Roberts Stadium. This is the only matchup of the season between these teams, and they will both be looking to finish the season with winning records as the Barracudas come into the game with a 2-2 record, while the Arawaks are at 3-2.
The Arawaks are coming off a hard-fought game two weeks ago against the St. Thomas-St. John District champion Charlotte Amalie High School Chickenhawks. The Arawaks maintained a 32-28 lead in the fourth quarter of that game before the Chickenhawks surged to a 56-32 win. In fact, the Arawaks' only two losses of the season came in tight matchups against the undefeated Chickenhawks, making this game a bittersweet finale to a promising season that saw the team come close to knocking off its longtime nemesis.
Meanwhile, the St. Croix champion Barracudas will carry the entire island on its back as they look to end the big island's struggles on St. Thomas. The Barracudas and the Central High Caribs are 0-2 this season on St. Thomas with the Barracudas losing to the Kean High Devil Rays on Oct. 20. No St. Croix team has not won on St. Thomas since the Barracudas beat the Arawaks, 26-14, on Dec. 6, 2010.
With both of their wins coming against the winless Caribs, a victory tonight would be a confidence-builder for head coach Danley McIntosh's squad heading into a possible championship game matchup against the Chickenhawks. There is still no word as to a cancellation of the championship game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Educational Complex field.