by Andy Hilton, recruit757
We’re now three or four games into the season, and things are starting to shape up. Just when you think you know who’s who and what to expect, several teams throw a wrench into the works.
King’s Fork has risen to the top of the Southeastern District. Yes, they share the top spot with Grassfield, Western Branch and Lakeland currently, but the Bulldogs were pretty convincing in last night’s 29-10 win over Nansemond River. Defense was the order of the day as King’s Fork squashed the Warriors. Nansemond River’s only touchdown came early when DeShon Saunders hit Marvin Branch on a slant and Branch found a seam in the defense, scoring on a 73-yard play. Otherwise, the Bulldogs allowed only 106 yards of offense.
The Bulldogs only led 13-10 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half on 17 unanswered points as East Carolina commit Davon Grayson scored on a 26-yard pass from Uriah Adams, Austin Wall kicked a 25-yard field goal, and Virginia Tech commit Charles Clark returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
FINAL: King’s Fork 29, Nansemond River 10
Great Bridge continued to struggle as they fell behind early to Grassfield and couldn’t mount a significant comeback. Grassfield posted the first 42 points of scoring in the first half. Blake LaRussa scored the first two touchdowns on short yardage quarterback keepers, then scored the next two through the air as he connected with Paris Smith for a 65-yard touchdown pass and Vincent Lowe for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the second quarter, Vincent Lowe ran for a 15-yard touchdown and Isaiah Harper punished the Wildcats with a 90-yard touchdown run. Great Bridge got on the board in the fourth quarter with two late scores when Nick Michalski ran in from three yards out and Trevon McRae capped the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run of his own.
FINAL: Grassfield 42, Great Bridge 14
In the Bay Rivers District, Lafayette overwhelmed Bruton by scoring early and often. The Rams had seven players reach paydirt, including six rushing touchdowns on their way to gaining 255 yards rushing. Lafayette’s three first quarter touchdowns all came by the run, with Schekel Wallace scoring first on a five yard run. The next score was a Brendan McGinty quarterback keeper for one yard. Forty-six seconds later, Jahlil Green on a 42-yard run. The rout was on.
After another Schekel Wallace rushing touchdown opened the second quarter, Bruton answered with a Bilal Wallace one-yard quarterback keeper for a score. Lafayette continued to pile up the yardage and the points, leaving the field at halftime with a 39-7 lead. The Rams earned a running clock in the third quarter, when the lead jumped to 45-7. Bruton got the last word when Elijah Rice scored on a 69-yard run with a little over a minute left.
FINAL: Lafayette 45, Bruton 13
Other scores from around the region:
Trinity Episcopal 20, Norfolk Academy 19
HRA 21, Quantico 19
Oscar Smith 42, Indian River 6
Ocean Lakes 45, Bayside 0
Cox 26, Kempsville 6
First Colonial 10, Green Run 7, 1OT
Kellam 21, Tallwood 20
Landstown 40, Princess Anne 18
GW-Danville 45, Churchland 13
Granby 7, Woodbridge 6
Lake Taylor 48, Wilson 6
Lakeland 37, Maury 21
Norcom 46, Deep Creek 0
Denbigh 21, Menchville 12
Heritage 42, Gloucester 0
Grassfield 42, Great Bridge 14
Western Branch 28, Hickory 3
Grafton 43, New Kent 19
Smithfield 28, Jamestown 18
Warhill 32, Poquoson 14
York 14, Tabb 7
Southampton 48, Windsor 26
Nansemond-Suffolk 33, Norfolk Christian 12
Atlantic Shores 42, Portsmouth Christian 6
Isle of Wight Academy 41, Kenston Forest 15
Franklin 66, Lancaster 12
– Andy Hilton