Warriors at Cavaliers tonight

Published 10:08 pm Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nansemond River (1-5, 0-5) at Lakeland (2-4, 2-3) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Lakeland 33-20

Last week’s win for the Cavaliers over King’s Fork puts the Cavs in position for their first Suffolk title since there have been three high schools in the city.

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Cedric Johnson starred in the Cavs’ rout over the Bulldogs, rushing for 279 yards and four touchdowns. Last year in Lakeland’s 33-20 win at Nansemond River, Johnson ran for 108 yards and the Cavaliers totaled 225 passing yards.

The Warriors nearly got their first Southeastern District win of the season last Friday in a 27-26 loss to Deep Creek. Lamont Brown ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns and Nansemond River had a 17-7 first down advantage over the Hornets.

King’s Fork (3-3, 2-3) at Oscar Smith (6-0, 5-0) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Oscar Smith 56-0

King’s Fork’s defense had been strong most of the season, at times even outscoring the Bulldog offense, up until last Friday night against Lakeland. Instead of a chance to regroup, King’s Fork now draws state-championship favorite Oscar Smith. Last year, Oscar Smith led King’s Fork 21-0 three minutes into the game and 49-0 by halftime.

Oscar Smith enters the week ranked No. 8 in the nation by ESPN and No. 14 in the nation by USA Today. The Tigers beat previously-undefeated Western Branch last Friday night 48-7. Oscar Smith is averaging 44.7 points per game while giving up 5.8 points per game.

Tiger linebacker/running back Perry Jones has committed to Virginia and linebacker Jerod Askew is headed to Tennessee.