Deep Creek at Nansemond River 2018 (Photo: Sarah Murphy/recruit757)
Playoff seeding is at stake as Deep Creek meets Nansemond River
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It’s a great way to finish the regular season.
Both Deep Creek and Nansemond River fall barely outside the recruit757/Friday Night Flights Top Ten. Their only losses are to Indian River and Oscar Smith. The hierarchy of the Southeastern District is pretty clear this year. As of today, Oscar Smith has run the table in the SED. Indian River has only lost to Oscar Smith. Deep Creek and Nansemond River square off tonight to resolve third place in the district.
As for the playoff brackets, both teams are playing for seeding in Region 5A. A win helps the victor immensely.
Region 5A is extremely deep. Nansemond River sits at #6 with a 27.667 power rating while Deep Creek sits at #7 with a 27.444 power rating. Cox (6-3) is the #8 seed as of today and they face Salem (9-0) Friday night. Salem is the #2 seed in Region 5A and will jump to #1 with a win over Cox. That win would be worth more than Maury’s potential win over Granby (2-7) Friday night.
Princess Anne (7-2) holds the #5 seed with 29.333 rating points and is unlikely to be caught from behind. The Cavaliers travel to Tallwood (3-6) tonight.
Both Nansemond River and Deep Creek are destined to open the playoffs on the road. The loser here has a chance of dropping to the #8 seed. If seeding holds to form, the loser faces Maury (9-0) in the opening round while the winner will get a rematch with Indian River (7-2).
Those are the playoff implications.
Now for the bragging rights.
Deep Creek comes in with a solid defense that has given up 88 points in nine games. That’s less than 10 points a game including their losses to Oscar Smith and Nansemond River.
Nansemond River isn’t far behind with only 138 points surrendered.
Offensively, the Warriors are led by a two-headed rushing attack. X’Zavion Evans (a Deep Creek transfer) leads the SED in rushing yards. Evans has 1124 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on th season. Brent Stratton (a Western Branch transfer) has 743 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Deep Creek brings Antoine Flora (1078 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns) as the key to their ground game. The Hornets will go to the air more often than the Warriors. Quarterback Jayden Bailey (1489 passing yards and 15 TDs) is more of a pocket passer, so when he drops back you can count on Deep Creek going to the air.
Remember, the loser likely draws Maury next week while the winner gets a rematch against Indian River. It’s like the post-season has already arrived.
– Andy Hilton