#20 King’s Fork RB/WR Kaletri Boyd (Photo: Sarah Murphy/recruit757)
King’s Fork comes from behind and holds on to beat Nansemond River
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
With the Suffolk High Schools relegated to playing an intra-city schedule this Spring, there are certainly fewer distractions.
Each high school plays the other two teams twice in the regular season, then the top two teams play in a city championship game. After three weeks of play, it looks like King’s Fork and Nansemond River will play in that city championship, but for tonight, bragging rights go to King’s Fork.
“It feels great. We haven’t beaten this team since 2017,” said King’s Fork head coach Anthony Joffrion after the game. “A lot of people didn’t have us winning it and our kids came out and competed.”
King’s Fork had a chance to draw first blood on their opening possession, but Bravion Campbell fumbled the ball away at the two-yard line on a wildcat formation play. Campbell would make up for it later on in the night.
Nansemond River managed to score first on a one-yard McAllister Williams touchdown run that made it 6-0 at the 2:42 mark of the first quarter. That score would remain until halftime.
The Warriors extended their lead to 12-0 with a two-yard touchdown run by Jalen Young with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
From there, King’s Fork rallied and Nansemond River found multiple ways to falter.
Bravion Campbell redeemed himself with a two-yard touchdown plunge with 4:01 left in the third quarter. Then came a gut check.
On fourth and long for the Bulldogs, the end of the third quarter came. That gave Coach Joffrion and the Bulldogs time to make a decision.
The field flipped and King’s Fork was now going with the wind. On a fake punt, Cameron Butler found his gunner turned wide receiver open and Kaletri Boyd hauled in the catch for a first down. Moments later, Butler scored on a keeper. Jean Claude Bile’ nailed the extra point and put King’s Fork up by a score of 13-12 with 7:30 left on the clock.
From there, King’s Fork played tough D, got an insurance score on a jet sweep by Campbell, then made a tough fourth-down stand at their own five with seconds left on the clock.
The final play was a victory formation and the Bulldogs walked away with a well-deserved victory.
“We called the fake punt, and I’m going to be honest. It’s Chris Scott’s fault,” Joffrion said.
Joffrion played his high school ball at Ocean Lakes under Chris Scott, who’s now head coach at Oscar Smith. Joffrion also coached as an assistant at Oscar Smith before taking the King’s Fork head coaching job after the 2019 season.
“(Coach Scott) loves going for it on fourth down. It’s that mindset of just competing, and I think our kids have bought into it. It’s fourth down, we’re backed up, let’s go for it. Let’s get out there and compete. That ended up sparking our whole team. It sparked defense. It sparked special teams. It just ignited a fire and our kids are out there flying around and having fun.”
That kind of game makes young athletes excited about playing football, and the Bulldogs are certainly riding high after starting Coach Joffrion’s career with two wins. Lakeland fell to King’s Fork two weeks ago to start the season.
Nansemond River falls to 1-1 on the season but has another regular-season game remaining with King’s Fork before potentially seeing the Bulldogs a third time for a city championship game in late April.
– Andy Hilton