Lake Taylor RB Tyrique Edwards (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Lake Taylor visits the Peninsula for the second week in a row
by Justin Russell, recruit757
#1 Lake Taylor (1-0) vs. Warwick (1-0) at Darling Stadium, Satuday 1:00 p.m.
We have a showdown on our hands at Todd Stadium in Newport News Saturday afternoon between two exciting 1-0 teams. The Lake Taylor Titans and the Warwick Raiders are both coming off of impressive week zero victories.
Lake Taylor edged out Phoebus last week on a 18-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to give the Titans a 23-22 victory in the first recruit757 Kickoff Classic. It’s easy to let your guard down after such a thrilling opening week victory against a rival, but they will have to be focused against the explosive Raiders.
Warwick and their revamped offense posted a 34-0 shutout against Denbigh last week. Their execution was far from perfect, but they showed glimpses of big play ability throughout the game.
Warwick will have a chance to test themselves this week against one of the best teams in the state. Lake Taylor reached the Class 4 state title game in 2018. The Titans averaged a staggering 45 points a game in 2018. They’re led by All-Region Player of The Year running back Malik Newton. The junior ran for 1,993 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
Quarterback Jeff Foster provides leadership and stability for the Titans offense. He threw for 116 yards last week against Phoebus completing 10 of 17 of his passes. The versatile junior also kicked the game winning field goal for the Titans.
Anther factor to keep in mind is the extended rest Warwick has had since their last game. Their last game action was last Thursday, giving them a few extra days to rest and prepare for the contest. The extended rest could work to their benefit, but you also don’t want to be rusty going into a game against a team as formidable as Lake Taylor.
If you like offense, this game has the potential to be a shootout between two playoff teams. The winner could realistically come down to who has the ball last. Turnovers should also play a big role in how Saturday’s contest will play out. Every possession will be critical.
– Justin Russell