#4 Justin German of King’s Fork (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
It’s title time! Lafayette visits King’s Fork Friday Night
by Joe Nelson, recruit757
VHSL Playoffs – Class 4, Region A Final – Lafayette (11-1) at King’s Fork (11-1) 7:00 p.m. Friday
This Thanksgiving we are full of turkey and thankful for playoff football. Top seeds collide as Lafayette travels to King’s Fork Friday night for a third round playoff matchup.
Lafayette has been on top of the Bay Rivers district for a while and has posted a 24-2 record over the past two years. King’s Fork has run through their schedule this season including a win over perennial powerhouse Oscar Smith to end the regular season.
Both teams have breezed through the playoffs thus far and face their first real challenge of the post season.
On offense, Kings Fork is led by quarterback Justin German. German and the Bulldogs have developed a dangerous passing game. German was 17 for 27 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns against Smithfield last week.
The Bulldogs have been stout on defense, especially in their 2nd half shutout against Smithfield last Friday. King’s Fork has held 10 of their opponents to 14 points or less this season. Head coach Scottie Littles is focused on preparing his defense for the tricky Lafayette offense.
“Layette has great tradition up there, the coach does a good job and they run an offensive scheme that can give you some trouble,” said Coach Littles.
Lafayette’s offense is managed by two year starter Caesar Ward. Ward is dangerous carrying the football as evident by his 4 touchdowns in the Rams’ 42-13 second round playoff victory last week. The tricky Wing-T offense makes for a potent rushing attack. Don’t be fooled, Lafayette can sling it through the air, Ward has accumulated over 1,000 yards passing and 11 touchdowns this season.
Lafayette has been even more impressive than King’s Fork on defense this year. The Rams are known to hold opponents to single-digit scoring. 17 is the highest number of points any team has scored against the Lafayette defense this season. The Rams will have their hands full as they attempt to keep an explosive King’s Fork offense at bay.
This powerhouse matchup will be interesting. With two explosive offenses we would not be surprised to see a shoot out. However, solid defensive play could result in a physical and low scoring old-fashioned game.
The anticipation should be high as two 1 loss teams battle for a trip to the final four.
– Joe Nelson
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