Lake Taylor (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Monday Night Football comes to the 757 as Maury visits Lake Taylor
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Get ready for an unusual scheduled. We’ll have High School Football every night this week, and Monday night gives us a top ten marquee match-up of #7 Maury (3-0) at #5 Lake Taylor (2-0).
The Titans are on a high after getting revenge against Freedom (Woodbridge) last Saturday. Lake Taylor has been driven by sophomore tailback Malik Newton (2021 RB/LB 6-3 215) who has topped 100 yards rushing in each of his first two games this season. The Titans have increased their reliance on the passing game. Quarterback Jeff Foster tossed three touchdown passes against Freedom, so Maury won’t be able to key on the run.
Where Lake Taylor has tradition on their side, Maury has star power. Senior cornerback Sheridan Jones has committed to Clemson. Wide receiver KeAndre Lambert has double digit scholarship offers and he’s already demonstrated impressive play making ability in the Commodores’ three wins this season.
When Lake Taylor has the ball:
The Commodores’ defense has to contend with the Titan’s modified veer, and they have to respect the passing game where Jeff Foster can connect with Javon Harvey, Corey Holloway and Ikeem Wright. The Maury defense has allowed two touchdowns in each of their games against Bethel and Nansemond River before pitching a 25-0 shutout against Princess Anne. It would be amazing if Maury could limit Lake Taylor to two touchdowns, especially since a motivated Titan team scored six touchdowns against Freedom (Woodbridge) last week.
When Maury has the ball:
Commodore quarterback Alvonte Lawson has shown that he can throw the ball enough to make the defense respect the pass. Lawton’s biggest asset is his ability to run the ball and be tough to bring down. Lambert is a huge asset in the passing game and he has good support from Dashaun “Dada” Peele and Tyshaun Granger. Lake Taylor typically plays a cover one or cover zero defense, choosing to put their defensive backs in man-to-man coverage, stacking the box and making the offense react quickly. Maury’s coaching staff knows this and knows they have to plan for it.
The difference maker:
Who’s more motivated? Lake Taylor is still the King of the Eastern District hill. After being forced to rise to the occasion last week against Freedom, and following through with a convincing win, the Titans should know that they can’t take this game lightly. Maury on the other hand, wants to be taken seriously as the heir to the throne. This game should be a barn burner, balanced between good defense and good offense. The team that wins the turnover battle and the team that pulls off more big plays should come out as the winner.
More games on Monday:
Booker T. Washington at Woodrow Wilson, 6:00 PM
Churchland at Armstrong (Richmond), 6:00 PM
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy at Isle of Wight Academy, 6:00 PM
Norcom vs. Granby (Powhatan Field), 7:00 PM
Hickory at King’s Fork, 7:00 PM
– Andy Hilton