Cavaliers vs. Bulldogs tonight

Published 9:17 pm Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lakeland (1-4, 1-3) at King’s Fork (3-2, 2-2) – 7 p.m.

Last year – King’s Fork 23-6

King’s Fork’s won three straight against the Cavaliers and six straight against Suffolk rivals after a 46-0 win over Nansemond River two weeks ago.

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Quarterback Laray Kindred and receiver Mike Mason have connected more frequently as the season has gone on, doing so six times last Friday in KF’s 22-14 win at Deep Creek.

For the Cavaliers, QB Neil McKoy has spread the ball around with different receivers making big scoring plays each week. Lakeland’s three district losses have come against Grassfield, Great Bridge and Western Branch, which have a combined mark of 13-2, and the Cavaliers have been close in each contest. Does that make a 1-4 record easier, or tougher, to have?

In last year’s contest, King’s Fork forced three Lakeland turnovers. The Bulldogs have been making a lot of big defensive plays the last two weeks.

Deep Creek (0-5, 0-4) at Nansemond River (1-4, 0-4) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Deep Creek 34-20

After getting their first win against Wilson, the Warriors have suffered lopsided losses the last two Friday nights. NR moved the ball some last week against Indian River, but couldn’t stop IR’s athletes when the Braves had the ball.

Lamont Brown gained 59 yards on 15 rushes and Morris Johnson caught three passes as a receiver and had to play part of the game at quarterback because of an injury to starter Steve Skinner.

Nansemond River’s homecoming guest is 0-5, but coming off its closest contest of the season, a 22-14 loss to King’s Fork.

Nansemond-Suffolk (2-3, 2-0) at Kettle Run (0-5) – 7 p.m.

First meeting

Kettle Run is a first-year, Group AA school in Nokesville, near Manassas. The Cougars have been outscored 283-20 in their first five games.

NSA dropped from third to seventh in the Virginia Independent School Division II ratings after its loss on Friday night/Saturday afternoon to Atlantic Shores.

The popular term for this type of game is a “trap game.” The Saints have what virtually amounts to the championship game for the Tidewater Conference next Saturday at longtime rival Norfolk Academy, but every game is equally important if the Saints are to make it from seventh into the top four of the state rating and a playoff berth.