Cavs vs. Warriors tonight

Published 7:40 pm Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lakeland receiver and returner Anaquan Peterson returns a punt during Lakeland’s win over King’s Fork earlier this season. The Cavaliers (7-2) go for the city crown at Nansemond River tonight at 7 p.m. Lakeland has clinched an Eastern Region playoff spot. The Warriors (4-5) need a win to have a shot at the final playoff spot.

Lakeland (7-2, 6-2) at Nansemond River (4-5, 3-5) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Nansemond River 14, Lakeland 6

The Cavaliers, No. 5 in the Div. 5 power ratings, have clinched a playoff berth.

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Nansemond River is No. 10, two spots out of a playoff spot. The Warriors need a win and help from Tallwood against No. 8 Green Run. Strangely, No. 10 Nansemond River is still alive while No. 9 Booker T. Washington is mathematically eliminated.

Sweeping their Suffolk rivals and finishing the regular season strong add up to more than enough motivation for the Cavs. If Lakeland needs a little more, a win could give Lakeland a home playoff game next Friday or Saturday. No. 3 Lake Taylor plays No. 4 Norcom. The top four squads get to host regional first round games.

Lakeland quarterback/running back/linebacker Raekwon Johnson rushed for 280 yards and three touchdowns as the Cavs beat Indian River 28-14 last Friday.

The Warriors had a two-point play to tie the game with 1:43 remaining but wound up with a 34-25 loss at Hickory last Friday. Senior LaMont Brown scored three rushing touchdowns and a touchdown on an 87-yard kickoff return.

The Cavaliers had three straight wins over Nansemond River until last September’s meeting. The Warriors tallied three interceptions, made a number of sacks and held on to a 14-6 lead from early in the second half on in their win last season.

Oscar Smith (8-1, 8-0) at King’s Fork (2-7, 2-6) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Oscar Smith 34, King’s Fork 0

Oscar Smith, rated No. 1 in the regional Div. 6 playoff ratings and No. 2 in the AP state Group AAA poll, won its 45th straight Southeastern District game and eighth straight district title with a 21-14 win over previously undefeated Grassfield last Friday.

The Bulldogs snapped a losing streak with a 48-21 win over Deep Creek last Friday. King’s Fork surpassed its season high for points in a game by three touchdowns.

Charles Clark carried for three touchdowns and quarterback Uriah Adams ran for three touchdowns. Adams scored all of his touchdowns in the second half, which King’s Fork won 28-0. Clark, a junior, and Adams, a sophomore, will be back in KF’s backfield next season.

Hampton Roads (1-7, 0-4) at Nansemond-Suffolk (5-4, 2-2) – 7 p.m.

Last season – Hampton Roads 21, Nansemond-Suffolk 14

From 0-4 to 5-4, everything about the Saints has become stronger as their first year under head coach Lew Johnston has progressed.

It’s easy to notice in NSA’s running game. The Saints romped for 391 rushing yards, better than nine yards per play, in their 42-28 win at Trinity Episcopal last Friday. Bobby Lamm rushed for 146 yards. A.J. Hicks rushed for 135 yards.

NSA’s won each game in its winning streak by at least 14 points. Trinity was the first offense to crack double digits in NSA’s wins.

The Navigators, coming off a 55-20 loss to Bishop Sullivan, have lost five straight.

The Saints, fifth in the VIS Div. II ratings, need a win and help to move from one spot outside the state playoffs to a postseason berth.