Nansemond River (Photo: Sarah Murphy/recruit757)
Playoff seeding is at stake for Deep Creek and Nansemond River
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Deep Creek (5-2) at Nansemond River (4-3) 7:00 p.m. Friday
The season is wrapping up and the playoff picture is clearing.
Nansemond River came into the week as a #4 seed in the Region 5A playoffs. That’s where they were last year when they made a run, winning the region and playing a great game against Highland Springs in the state semifinal.
This year, Kecoughtan has been a surprise. The Warriors need to keep winning in order to hold onto that first round home game that they’ve been slotted for.
Deep Creek sits with a three seed in the 4A Region playoff, with little hope of catching Lafayette and Lake Taylor for a higher seed.
The Hornets have won the meeting between these two teams for two years in a row, ending a five-year run of Nansemond River wins.
WHEN DEEP CREEK HAS THE BALL:
The Hornets defense is much more established than their offense. X’Zavion Evans is the leading rusher with 602 yards and 6 touchdowns in seven games. Oscar Smith shut down Evans last week, so he’ll look to get going again Friday. The Hornets had to go to the air against the Tigers. Expect to see more of the running game tonight.
WHEN NANSEMOND RIVER HAS THE BALL:
The Wing-T is still developing at Nansemond River. It was clicking on all cylinders as the Warriors closed the season in 2017. This season, the offense has been plagued by fits and starts. In their three losses, River has generated ten points a game. In their four wins, they’ve managed to produce 30 points a game.
Don’t expect Deep Creek to surrender 30.
Kevin Johnson is explosive in the return game for Nansemond River, and that always has the potential to spark the Warriors.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Deep Creek could potentially dictate the game with their defense. Fortunately for Nansemond River, their biggest successes this year have come with shutting their opposition down. For either team, take away the big play and this game could become a low scoring stalemate.
Don’t be surprised if the first team to 14 wins.
– Andy Hilton