Maury vs. Lake Taylor (Photo: Mike Caudill/recruit757)
There are lots of good games to chose from on Friday night
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It’s Friday Night, and it’s time to get out and support your local athletes!
There are plenty of good games to choose from, and the majority of this week’s games are being played TONIGHT.
Here’s a quick rundown of each match up, which should give you plenty of reasons to get out of the house and enjoy a warm, end of summer evening of high school football in the 757.
Top Ten rankings for the 757 are available here.
All Games are at 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 13 unless noted
#1 Lake Taylor (2-0) vs. #2 Maury (1-0) at Powhatan Field
We’ve reviewed this Eastern District showdown in a separate article.
#3 Phoebus (1-0) vs. Kecoughtan (0-2) at Darling Stadium
The Phantoms have had two weeks to game plan and bounce back from an opening week loss to Lake Taylor. That game was close. This one shouldn’t be. Phoebus has weapons all at every position while Kecoughtan is young and trying to figure things out. The Warriors played on Monday night and only scored 6 points against Jamestown.
#4 Oscar Smith (0-1) at Lakeland (0-1)
There’s a reunion happening here, but don’t expect the Tigers to get a warm welcome. Former Oscar Smith defensive coordinator Joe Jones is now the head coach at Lakeland. The Cavaliers took a season opening loss to Wilson while Oscar Smith lost a heartbreaker to Highland Springs last Saturday night. Coach Jones will make his mark on the Lakeland program, but the Cavaliers aren’t ready to be title contenders yet.
Tallwood (1-1) at #5 Salem (2-0)
The Sun Devils passed an early season test with flying colors by throttling a rising, young Princess Anne team last week. Tallwood fell flat, losing to Landstown 42-0 in a game that was over by the first quarter. The Beach District teams played on Wednesday last week in order to avoid the impact of Hurricane Dorian as it passed by the region, so both teams should be well rested.
#6 Lafayette (1-0) vs. Grafton (1-1) at Bailey Field
Lafayette had last week off after opening with a win over Goochland. Grafton landed a gratifying win over Denbigh, but this game will be a different experience altogether. Lafayette is a steam roller and the Clippers will struggle.
#7 Indian River (0-1) at King’s Fork (1-0)
Indian River will have something to prove after chewing on a season opening loss for two weeks. Northeastern (NC) managed a late comeback against the Braves and showed Coach Marcus Ferebee that there are chinks in his team’s armor. King’s Fork opened with a win over Smithfield two weeks ago, but this game won’t be as easy.
Landstown (1-1) at #8 Ocean Lakes (2-0)
As mentioned above, all of the Beach District teams have been off since last Wednesday. Ocean Lakes cobbled together a win over Kellam last week with field position and a strong running game. Landstown outmatched Tallwood last week, but was held scoreless against Salem in their opener. Which Landstown team is the real one? Will Ocean Lakes continue to build off of their first two wins? Those questions should be answered tonight.
Western Branch (0-1) at #9 Nansemond River (1-0)
Greg Gibson’s Bruins looked good early against Churchland as long as they were keeping the Trucker offense off the field. That’s going to be the key for Western Branch. They’ll have to slowly plod down the field and chew up time in order to keep the game close. Nansemond River isn’t really a quick strike offense either, but they’re certainly efficient. This is a neighborhood rivalry, so expect no mercy if Coach Justin Conyer’s team can put the petal down on Western Branch.
Denbigh (0-2) vs. #10 Woodside (2-0) at Todd Stadium
Denbigh has a new head coach in James Stewart, but the Patriots aren’t near the turnaround phase yet. Woodside coach Danny Dodson had Stewart on staff for years, and Stewart knows what’s coming, but his team isn’t likely to be ready to stop the Wolverines offense.
Cox (1-1) at Bayside (1-0)
Both Cox and Bayside come into this one with nine days rest and come in with a winning feeling. Cox downed Kempsville and Bayside downed First Colonial last week. The two teams faced off twice last year with the Falcons winning both games. Bayside is loaded with young and talented skill athletes. Cox is looking for players like Dylan Hauser, Nate Evans and Dominic Wilson to step up and fill the void left by Tavion Robinson and Jackson Morgan. The winner here can claim a lot of momentum as we head toward the middle of the season.
Norcom (1-0) at Hopewell (1-0)
We’ve reviewed this inter-regional rivalry game in a separate article.
Wilson (1-1) at Deep Creek (1-0)
Deep Creek opened with a convincing win over Great Bridge. Wilson lost a close one to Great Bridge last week where the defense was on point, but a pick six and a kickoff return for a touchdown doomed the Presidents. By deductive logic, Deep Creek should be a winner here.
Booker T. Washington (1-1) at Petersburg (0-1)
The Bookers got the offense going last week in a 38-20 win over Granby. Petersburg scored 22 in their opener, but the defense struggled against Norcom. Both teams are eager to show progress. For Booker T., it’s the second big road trip of the season. They traveled up to Ashburn in Northern Virginia and lost their opener to Broad Run.
Granby (0-2) at Norview (0-2)
Someone has to get off the schneid. Granby was 0-10 last season, and they’re looking to break a 15-game losing streak. Norview came into the season feeling good about their chances to return to the postseason in 2019, but an 0-2 start allows doubt to creep in. Coach Larry Archie is doing great things at Granby. The Pilots should expect to get well with a win here.
Green Run (0-1) at Kempsville (0-2)
Who here is sick of losing? Green Run was 0-9 in 2018 before winning their season finale against Kempsville. The Stallions lost a nail biter against Tallwood to open the season and they want to show that Green Run is a winning program. Kempsville is nursing a 54-game losing streak and the Chiefs have a new enthusiasm to win a game for new head coach Daryl Cherry.
Princess Anne (1-1) at First Colonial (0-2)
Despite taking a loss against Salem last week, Coach James Yeager’s Cavaliers looked good for the first few quarters against the Sun Devils. First Colonial on the other hand, fell hard against Bayside. Look for top national prospect Tony Grimes to get plenty of touches for Princess Anne. He can take over a game in the right situations.
Hickory (1-0) at Grassfield (0-1)
Grassfield took on Northern Virginia power Colonial Forge to open the season and the Grizzlies kept the game close. Hickory is feeling good about beating Currituck County to open the season. All that being said, Grassfield is playing on two weeks rest. Hickory last played on Tuesday, three days ago. Conditioning may become a factor quickly in this one.
Prince George (2-0) at Churchland (2-0)
Prince George comes in looking to keep their record perfect. Churchland has been stronger than opponents have expected this year. The Truckers put 60 points on Grafton and followed it up with 34 points last week in a rivalry game against a Western Branch team that was trying to slow them down. Churchland may be able to simple “out-athlete” their opponents in this one.
Tabb (0-1) at Warhill (1-0) at Wanner Stadium
Tabb head coach Matt Lawson has the veteran coaching experience edge over first year head whistle Jerome Rhodes. The Tigers have won five of the last six games in the series and 9 of 12 overall since Warhill opened in 2007.
Bruton (0-1) at New Kent (1-0)
Coach Tim Smith was struggling to field a team last year, and this year they’re scheduling fewer teams in district. New Kent is one of their district games and this one will be a challenge for the Panthers. The Trojans knocked off Colonial Heights last week by a score of 38-6.
Catholic (2-1) at Collegiate School (0-1) 4:00 p.m.
The Crusaders managed a valiant comeback win over Woodberry Forest last week while Collegiate fell to Trinity Episcopal by a score of 30-20. This Catholic team may be much better than people realize. Line depth is a concern, but if they can keep their first unit healthy, Catholic is poised to make a good run in VISAA this year.
Trinity Episcopal (2-1) at Norfolk Academy (1-0) 6:30 p.m.
This should be a good match up and it will be interesting to see how NA handles Trinity’s strength on the line.
IWA (1-2) at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (0-3)
Both teams come into this game struggling. Nansemond-Suffolk last saw an 0-3 start in 2017, when they won their first game against IWA and went on to finish 6-4 on the season.
Atlantic Shores (3-0) at Fuqua (2-0)
Atlantic Shores has been hot so far, benefiting from an offense that’s clicking on all cylinders. After scoring 19 points in the opener against IWA, the Seahawks scored 43 against Hargrave and 45 last week against Norfolk Christian.
Norfolk Christian (0-3) at Roanoke Catholic (2-0)
The Ambassadors come into this game looking to right the ship, but Roanoke Catholic is not the team to face for that. Norfolk Christian has scored just over 13 points a game so far while Roanoke Catholic put up 72 against Bath County and 64 against Charles City in their two wins.
Portsmouth Christian (3-0) at King and Queen Central (2-0)
The Patriots come into this game getting production on both sides of the ball. Their defense pitched a 58-0 shutout last week against Mathews, and running back Bubba Thomas is closing in on 1000 rushing yards just three games into the season.
– Andy Hilton