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Bulldogs host Bruins in key district contest

Western Branch (2-0, 1-0) at King’s Fork (1-1, 0-1) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Western Branch 32-6

Last week, the first eight minutes of action cost the Bulldogs at Indian River, while at Nansemond River, Western Branch rushed for 247 yards for the game and led 34-0 at halftime.

WB had its star quarterback, Kevin Newsome, who has committed to play at Michigan, transfer to Hargrave Military Academy in June. Senior wide receiver Michael Brown has moved to quarterback. Brown ran for two touchdowns and tossed another against the Warriors. Receiver/defensive back Javanti Sparrow has lots of big programs after him. The Bruins have lost some of their team which went 10-2 last year, but certainly not all of it.

King’s Fork came within a couple more good plays of coming back from a 21-0 deficit starting the fourth quarter against Indian River. If the Bulldogs are going to improve on last year’s 6-4 record, and barely missing a playoff spot, they’ll need a win against one of Oscar Smith, Great Bridge or the Bruins.

Lakeland (1-1, 1-1) at Maury (0-2, 0-0 Eastern) – 7 p.m. at Powhatan Field

Last year – Maury 40-21

Last year’s matchup between the Cavs and Commodores at Lakeland was close for three quarters as Lakeland had success through the air. Given the big plays the Cavalier offense has put up in its first two outings under new head coach Glenwood Ferebee, this should be an interesting contest.

Last Friday, Maury outgained Woodside by a wide margin, but five turnovers and 12 penalties added up to a 34-10 Woodside win. Running back Charles Humphrey gained 116 yards (rushing and receiving) against Woodside. One clear edge for the Commodores, they played on Friday while Lakeland played on Monday.

Wilson (0-2, 0-0 Eastern) at Nansemond River (0-2, 0-2) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Wilson win by forfeit

On the field, Nansemond River beat Wilson last September before it was one of two games the Warriors forfeited. The win was Wilson’s only one last season and the Presidents are 1-21 going back to the start of 2006.

Despite the scores of NR’s first two games, freshman running back Lamont Brown has already proved to be a workhorse. He’s gained 135 yards on 37 carries in the two games combined.