Lake Taylor QB Jeff Foster connecting with #3 Tyrique Edwards (Photo: Thomas Matzke/recruit757)
We have at least two interesting story lines in this week’s recruit757/Friday Night Flights Top Ten
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
For a week where almost half of the top ten were idle, we certainly aren’t lacking for story lines.
Oscar Smith came into the season with quite a few question marks, most notably a new (but proven) head coach and a new starting quarterback. They were thrown into the fire with an opener against four-time repeat VHSL Class 5 state champion Highland Springs, and the Tigers passed the test in spite of a close loss. That “impressive” loss, if there is such a thing, catapulted Oscar Smith up the rankings by four spots. They’re now in striking distance of the top spot if they can win out.
At the top, Lake Taylor stuffed Warwick on Saturday and Maury was idle this week. That sets up our second #1 vs. #2 showdown as we come into just the third week of the season. Lake Taylor and Maury will determine the best team in Norfolk, perhaps the best team in the Eastern District, and the current #1 team in the region when they square off on Friday night. The social media buzz will be enormous. It will make for an interesting week.
recruit757/Friday Night Flights Top Ten (9/9/19)
10. Woodside (2-0) – in their second game of the season, Woodside rode a solid second half to a 32-14 win over Norview.
9. Nansemond River (1-0) – the Warriors were on a bye last week.
8. Ocean Lakes (2-0) – the Dolphins played good defense in holding Kellam scoreless. The only score for the Knights was an 85-yard scoop and score by Lane Wilder. The Dolphins’ offense needs to step it up in order to move up the rankings.
7. Indian River (0-1) – the Braves were idle last week.
6. Lafayette (1-0) – the Rams were idle last week.
5. Salem (2-0) – the Sun Devils proved a lot in their 46-12 gashing of Princess Anne. The Cavaliers are a team to be taken seriously, but their D couldn’t stop running back Kaelon Black, who scored five touchdowns in the game, including an opening kickoff return for a touchdown that set the mood for the night.
4. Oscar Smith (0-1) – Oscar Smith played a nationally ranked team in Highland Springs, and with a few tweaks, the Tigers could have won the game. The Tiger defense definitely impressed, holding a Springer team that normally scores north of 40 points to only 13. This is the rare occasion where a close loss earns a team a big jump up the rankings.
3. Phoebus (0-1) – the Phantoms were scheduled to play Menchville, but Hurricane Dorian caused the game to be rescheduled to the final week of the regular season.
2. Maury (1-0) – Maury was idle last week, and gets the advantage to heal up and game plan for their date this week with the #1 team in the Top Ten: Lake Taylor.
1. Lake Taylor (2-0) – the Titans pounded Warwick in the first quarter of their game, then played with the Raiders like a cat plays with a mouse. Lake Taylor will be tested thoroughly this week as they visit the #2 Maury Commodores.
Also in the mix: I.C. Norcom (1-0), Deep Creek (1-0), Cox (1-1), York (0-1), Poquoson (1-0), Churchland (2-0), King’s Fork (1-0), Hampton (2-0), Landstown (1-1), Bayside (1-0)
– Andy Hilton