Cavs, Warriors look to bounce back

Published 10:40 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018

All four Suffolk football teams are in action this week as the Cavs and Warriors try to bounce back from losses.

Nansemond River High School (0-1) at Hickory High School (0-1)

Nansemond River returns to the field after a tough loss to Maury High School last week. The Warriors had a sizeable 15-0 lead over Maury before giving it up and losing the game. The loss spoiled Coach Justin Conyers’ first game, but he and his team are motivated to come back stronger this week.

“We didn’t need too much motivation after a game like that,” Conyers said. “The kids were self-motivated, and that’s what you want to see after a hard loss. A couple of things could have been fixed and changed the outcome of the game, but we want to keep working and getting better.”


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Hickory is also 0-1 to start the season. They run a spread offense, and Conyers feels confident in his defense’s ability to contain it. Last season the Warriors dominated Hickory, 47-0.

Offensively, Nansemond River wants to continue to be effective. They didn’t have any turnovers last week and got off to a very fast start.

“We want to continue to make sure we are playing mistake-free football,” Conyers said. “We want to continue to be mentally tougher. Sometimes when we get tired, we tend to start making more mistakes. We just want to be tougher. As a coaching staff, we are always looking to be better as well.”

Nansemond River will be at Hickory at 7 p.m.

Lakeland High School (0-1) vs. Indian River High School (1-0)

After being on the road the first week, the Cavs return home against Indian River. Last week, Lakeland took on Wilson High School and took a 14-7 loss. The game was extended to a second day due to a lightning delay, but coach Kevin Knight didn’t want that to be an excuse for why his team lost.

Now, the Cavaliers will welcome an Indian River team that defeated them 51-12 last season. Knight feels good about the team’s preparation this week and doesn’t believe last week’s loss will linger.

“The heat is still working against us a bit, but our effort for the game plan has been well this week,” Knight said. “We feel prepared. Last week’s game is over, and we have learned from it. We have a good team coming in here, and we know what we need to do to be successful.”

Indian River possesses yet another talented team again this year. They have some highly touted defensive linemen for whom the Cavs will have to be ready. Knight said the Braves might have the best defensive line that they will see all season. Knight believes being on the home field will give the team extra confidence. One of his missions every year is for Lakeland to protect home field, and it will be no different this week.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but we look forward to it,” Knight said. “All week, we have been talking about taking care of business in our backyard. You got to protect your house.”

King’s Fork High School (1-0) vs. Western Branch High School (0-1)

The Bulldogs return to the field after a bye week last week. Before the bye, they won their home opener against Wilson High School. The Bulldogs will head on the road to face Western Branch this Friday. What’s interesting about this matchup is that Western Branch was the only team in the district to defeat the Bulldogs last season. King’s Fork came one game shy of being undefeated throughout the regular season.

With two weeks off, the Bulldogs feel good about what they are doing heading into this week.

“We have had two solid weeks of practice,” coach Scottie Littles said. “We know they are going to be hungry for a win after losing their first game, so we have to make sure we do what we do to have success.”

Execution will be key for the Bulldogs. Littles knows proper execution won’t lead to a slow start. The Bulldogs want to make sure they are disciplined.

King’s Fork will be at Western Branch at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (2-0) vs. Christchurch School (Saturday)

The Saints team has a challenge on its hands, playing its second game in a span of five days. They defeated Blue Ridge School at home Monday and will now host Christchurch Saturday, looking to go to 3-0.

A big second half helped propel the Saints to a win. Zac Morris, Ehron Knight and George Pettaway all made plays for the Saints. It was a total team effort. Coach Mike Biehl and his staff switched the practice schedule up a bit to make sure the team is at its best for Saturday.

“We have just had to be really smart this week,” Biehl said. “We want to make sure these guys are recovering. I think everyone is confident and will be ready for Saturday.”

Biehl said he also appreciated the mindset his team is keeping at the moment. Though they are 2-0, they know they haven’t done anything yet. They understand the vision for this season, which is to go 1-0 each week.

NSA will be Christchurch’s first opponent of the season, which the Saints could possibly use to their advantage.

NSA will host Christchurch at 1 p.m. Saturday.