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Published 11:45 pm Thursday, October 6, 2011

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

Last year – King’s Fork 13, Lakeland 0

Lakeland junior quarterback Zach Super will be out for the rest of the season from an injured knee ligament he suffered three weeks ago in Lakeland’s win at Maury. So, running back Raekwon Johnson is the full-time Cavalier quarterback for the rest of the season.

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Lakeland trailed powerhouse Oscar Smith 14-7 late in last Friday’s lightning-lengthened game in Chesapeake. Johnson was a stride away, and maybe not according to the Lakeland sideline, from a Cavalier touchdown with just under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Tigers sealed their 41st straight Southeastern District win, a 21-7 final, a few snaps later.

Even against Oscar Smith, Lakeland’s defense kept the turnovers coming like it has all year. Antonio Jefferson’s two interceptions led the way as Lakeland caused four Tiger turnovers.

King’s Fork’s defense has played well most of the season and pounced on two Western Branch fumbles on Monday night, but it wasn’t enough to stop a 12-7 Bruin win. Fullback Danny Gromkoski led KF’s offense with 64 yards on the ground.

Lakeland is No. 3 in Eastern Region, Division 5 as the Virginia High School League released its first set of power ratings, which determine the regional playoff berths come season’s end, this week.

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

Last year – Indian River 17, Nansemond River 13

In the last two Warrior victories, a 27-0 win at King’s Fork and last Friday’s 27-3 win against Deep Creek, the Warriors have scored 47 of their 54 points after halftimes.

Indian River and Great Bridge played one half of football on Friday night and the second half on Monday night.

The Braves scored a touchdown to take a 20-19 lead with 3:10 left in the game. Great Bridge scored with 1:56 left for a 27-20 lead that was the final.

Nansemond River won last Friday, meaning a full week of preparation, a rare commodity for teams around here this season.

LaMont Brown rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Hornets. A kickoff return touchdown by Stevon Simms and a passing touchdown from Alex Kase to Shannon Evans added to what Brown gives the Warriors nearly every game.

Midway through the season, the Warriors are No. 8 in the regional power ratings. If the season ended today, Nansemond River would match up against Phoebus in a first-round playoff game.

Nansemond-Suffolk (1-4) at Portsmouth Christian (1-4) – 7 p.m.

Last year – Portsmouth Christian 27, Nansemond-Suffolk 9

The Saints beat the Patriots twice in 2009, in the regular season and in the state semifinals. The Patriots got a measure of revenge last October.

Both sides come in off their first win of the season. The Saints won 20-6 at Virginia Episcopal on Saturday. Bobby Lamm rushed for three touchdowns, kicked two extra points and led NSA’s defense with 10 tackles.

Portsmouth Christian beat Chincoteague 39-14 on Tuesday. Two days between games is already tough enough to deal with, but the Patriots will be playing their third game in eight days thanks to all the rescheduling. The Patriots lost 28-24 to Greenbrier Christian last Friday.