Staying perfect

Published 7:24 pm Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lakeland (2-0, 1-0) at Hickory (2-0, 1-0) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Lakeland 34, Hickory 7

Both the Cavaliers and Hawks have had good starts to the season, but both squads need this contest to keep boosting playoff thoughts.

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Hickory’s wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. In week one, Hickory trailed Norview 12-0 in the first half and rallied to win 15-12. Last week, King’s Fork led Hickory 14-7 in the fourth quarter before the Hawks scored on a 90-yard completion with less than three minutes left. Hickory won in overtime 20-14.

The Hawks lost nearly all of their starters from a 3-7 team last season, so Hickory’s the early surprise of the Southeastern District.

Lakeland romped to a 30-0 lead in the first 14 minutes of the game last Friday against city rival Nansemond River.

The Cavaliers displayed a good mix on offense. Walter Boykins threw for 220 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Cedric Johnson added three touchdowns, giving him four rushing TDs and one kick return TD this season.

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

Last season – Oscar Smith 55, King’s Fork 0

The Bulldogs have started the season in an 0-2 hole and now face the toughest part of their schedule through the next four games, against Oscar Smith, Indian River, Great Bridge and Grassfield.

Oscar Smith’s won 23 consecutive regular season games, is the defending Div. 6 state champion and is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation by ESPN and USA Today.

Oscar Smith’s quarterback Phillip Sims has committed to play next year at Alabama. In addition to the offense though, last week Oscar Smith had a kickoff return and an interception return for touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Indian River.

The Tigers led King’s Fork 48-0 at halftime in last season’s meeting.

Nansemond River (0-2, 0-2) at Wilson (1-1, 0-0 Eastern) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Nansemond River 14, Wilson 12

Wilson opened its new on-campus, 5,000-seat football stadium last Friday night in the first night home game for the Presidents in years. The President football team has even nicknamed its new stadium, “The White House”.

To boot, the Presidents celebrated their new field with a 28-27 win over Menchville. One win already equals what Wilson got in each of the last two seasons.

Wilson isn’t too far away from a 2-0 start. The Presidents pushed Lakeland to the wire in a 20-17 Cavalier win.

Last year, Nansemond River’s lone victory came over Wilson. The Warriors got the go-ahead score in the third quarter, capitalizing on a bad punt snap to get the ball at the Wilson 17 and score a few plays later.

The lone bright spot from NR’s loss last week against Lakeland was the Warrior offense in the second half. Sophomore tailback Lamont Brown totaled 91 rushing yards and both Warrior touchdowns.

Norfolk Christian (1-1, 1-0) at Nansemond-Suffolk (1-1, 0-0) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Nansemond-Suffolk 43, Norfolk Christian 0

Norfolk Christian, in its second year in the Tidewater Conference, was 2-3 in the league last season and won its first TCIS game of this new season last week, beating Hampton Roads 42-35 in double overtime.

Kwontie Moore, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore, ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns and Breon Bailey added 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Ambassadors.

Domonique Lannon, who was injured in NSA’s opening game at Windsor, returned as NSA’s starting quarterback last Friday. Will Crenshaw returned to running back and rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns in NSA’s 27-7 win against Broadwater Academy.