King’s Fork Ready For Next Step

2012 was a landmark year for football in the Peanut City. Two of the three high school teams made it to the Division 5 Eastern Region playoffs. The bad news was that Lakeland and King’s Fork had to face each other in the first round. That meant one team was definitely out, just one week in. The Bulldogs drew the short straw last year, but this year they plan a big leap forward.

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Southampton Academy Ready To Follow Championship Campaign

As the Raiders are now well underway with practice, they have a hearty goal for themselves. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t win another state championship” said Dale Marks as he spoke with his team during a break in practice caused by a thunderstorm. Marks graduated two starters and lost another to transfer after last year’s undefeated season. That hasn’t dimmed his outlook for this year.

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Age is Just a Number For the Grizzlies

The positive side of having youth on a football team is getting the kids prepared and understanding the system not only this year but many more to come. “The goal is to get my guys to play at a high level.” said the coach. The task will have to be done quickly due to the fact that the Grizzlies will face a very tough dark horse in Maury in their opener. “Maury has a very athletic team, but we are ready for them,” Coach Asprey says of Maury. No matter who Grassfield faces, look for the Grizzlies to compete and show a lot of people that age is just a number.

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Kempsville Looks To Rise Up

The Beach District has always provided a gauntlet for the teams to run. Because the eleven schools all play each other and only each other, some prosper while others falter. Kempsville last made the playoffs in 2009 and hasn’t finished the season with a winning record since 2005. Head Coach Jamaine Paddyfoot has been trying to right the ship for three years. Will the team break through this season?

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