Warriors, Bulldogs host playoff opponents

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017

All three Suffolk Public Schools are playoff-eligible and will be looking to advance in their respective regions.

King’s Fork High School (9-1) vs. Jamestown High School (2-8)

After winning the Southeastern District last week in a win over Oscar Smith High School, the Bulldogs secured the No. 1 seed in the Class 4 Region A. King’s Fork has already accomplished school history with its first district title, but the Bulldogs don’t want it to stop there. They have state championship goals, but they will need to take things one game at a time. It starts with Jamestown tomorrow.

Jamestown is coming off of four straight losses and has won only two games on the season. Bulldogs coach Scottie Littles has talked all season long about the Bulldogs becoming more mature and smarter as a team, and it will have to come into play tomorrow. King’s Fork has to keep the same mindset that has led it to a 9-1 record.

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“Being district champs is great, but that game is over,” Bulldog Justin German said. “Our focus has shifted to Jamestown. We have to have that mindset to go 1-0 each week.”

Justin German tries to make a play for the Bulldogs in a prior game. They will host Jamestown High School at 7 p.m. Friday.
Caroline LaMagna Photo

Every game is a big game from here on out, and Bulldogs want to continue to play like it’s their last game — because, at this stage, it very well could be. Darran Butts finished the regular season with the district rushing title. He and German been playing at a high level together the last couple of weeks. German has made multiple winning plays for the Bulldogs, and King’s Fork is expecting more of that for the playoffs.

Defensively, the Bulldogs have been as stout as they come. Players such as Chris Sherain, T.J. Hart, Devin Chambliss and Jayree Hardy are just a few of many players that complement each other on the defensive side of the ball.

King’s Fork will host Jamestown at 7 p.m.

Lakeland High School (3-7) at I.C. Norcom High School (9-1)

Lakeland is the No. 7 seed in the Class 3 Region A playoffs and will likely have to play most of its playoff run on the road. The Cavs are coming off of a 45-0 win over Great Bridge High School, which could provide some good momentum.

Norcom averages about 20.5 points per game. They have two shutouts on the season with a 42-0 win over Churchland High School and a 39-0 win over Menchville High School. Out of Norcom’s nine wins, six have come by seven points or less. If Lakeland can limit turnovers and continue to play tough defense, they will be able to keep themselves in the game. Junior quarterback Tyquan Holloman believes that turnovers will be the name of the game for Lakeland.

“We have to stop turning the ball over,” Holloman said. “If we do that, we will come out on top.”

Cavs coach Kevin Knight believes that the Cavs can use their speed on both sides of the ball to their advantage.

“Offensively, I feel like if we can get outside we might can take advantage of some things,” Knight said. “We have to win those one-on-one battles and spread the ball out. Defensively, if we can just be physical, we can be OK.”

Erick Grant rushed for 245 yards and four touchdowns, which Knight feels will help bring balance along with Holloman making plays with his arms.

“Going to Norcom is going to always be a hostile environment,” Knight said. “We just got to go out there and just enjoy the moment. I think we will be fine.”

“We are just going to play our game and do what we do,” senior DeAndre Faulk said. “We just have to stay dialed in.”

Lakeland will go on the road to face Norcom at 7 p.m.

Nansemond River High School (6-4) vs. Princess Anne High School (5-5)

The Warriors just completed their third consecutive winning season, and they want to take that success and have it translate to the playoffs. The last couple of seasons, the Warriors have lost in the first round to Norview High School. This year, they drew a different matchup with Princess Anne coming to town.

Nansemond River is the No. 4 seed in the Class 5 Region A playoffs and will be at home at least for the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors know how important it is to take care of home field, and they do not want their season to end.

Offensively, the Warriors will continue to use their rushing attack and take advantage of matchups through the air if need be. Last week, Kevin Johnson rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown against Grassfield High School. The Warriors also get production in the backfield from Jaquan Brayboy, Wali Faulk and Jaquelle Harrell. Rashaad Williams adds an explosive dynamic in special teams that will be needed for tomorrow.

The Warriors feel if they get off to a fast start and play physically, they will be fine.

“If we are the more physical team, we will take care of business,” quarterback Kori Riddick said. “It is very important we get this win at home.”

“It is going to be all business out there,” Brayboy said.

Nansemond River will host Princess Anne at 7 p.m.