Warriors welcome Presidents
Wilson (2-0) at Nansemond River (1-1) – 7 p.m.
With wins over Lakeland and Menchville, the Presidents have already equaled their 2009 win total and two more wins would match all the President victories from 2005-2009.
Wilson was productive on the ground and in the air in beating the Cavaliers, but mostly the Presidents pounced on most of Lakeland’s errors and turnovers.
Nansemond River’s defense claimed four turnovers last Friday night, with three being interceptions and two picked off by Gary Brooks.
As he has been since his freshman year, junior Lamont Brown carried the load for the Warrior offense. Quarterback Justin Anderson added smart, efficient passing and dangerous running to Brown’s 31 carries.
Oscar Smith (1-1, 1-0) at King’s Fork (0-2, 0-1) – 7 p.m.
No school in the state would want to see Oscar Smith while having to turn its season around. After giving up more than 40 points to Churchland and Hickory, that’s what the Bulldogs face.
The Tigers returned from playing at Ohio State and on ESPN, getting back to Southeastern District play, and promptly routed Indian River 35-3.
Running back J.C. Coleman, who attended King’s Fork as a freshman, totaled 80 yards and two touchdowns running and 83 yards and a TD receiving last Saturday. J.J. Williamson, who’s replacing current Crimson Tide quarterback Phillip Simms, threw for 349 yards. His favorite target is Quinta Funderburk, a senior whose top college offers include Florida, Penn State, Michigan and West Virginia.
Hickory (2-0, 1-0) at Lakeland (0-2, 0-1) – 7 p.m.
How a year’s changed things. Last year in week three of the season, Lakeland trounced Hickory 35-7 to go to a 3-0 record. Now, the Cavaliers already face a must-win game if they are to keep postseason hopes.
The Hawks are averaging 48.5 points per game in their two wins, with all the running and passing yards to go with all the points.
Nansemond-Suffolk (0-2, 0-0) at Norfolk Christian (3-0, 1-0) – 7 p.m. at the DLH Complex, Va. Beach
Nansemond-Suffolk’s 3-0 against the Ambassadors since they started football in 2006, winning by a combined score of 104-6. All signs from Norfolk Christian so far this season point to a different type of game this time around.
The Ambassadors are led by junior defensive end/running back Kwontie Moore. Moore, at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, is receiving SEC and ACC level recruiting interest. In Norfolk Christian’s last two games, a 62-12 win over Portsmouth Christian and a 27-20 win at Hampton Roads, Moore’s rushed for four touchdowns, caught two TD passes and returned an interception for a TD.
The Saints might have played their two toughest opponents to start the season, but there’s not much room for error left for a return to the playoffs.