Bulldogs, Warriors rank well

Published 9:17 pm Monday, October 8, 2018

The Bulldogs and Warriors come out in good positions in this week’s Virginia High School League power rating.

There are still a few more games to be played, but through six games, King’s Fork High School and Nansemond River High School have positioned themselves well.

The top eight teams in each region make the playoffs. Nansemond River is currently sixth in the Class 5 Region A power ratings. Their record sits at 3-3 after a loss to Oscar Smith High School last Friday. After that game, Coach Justin Conyers talked about how everything Nansemond River wants to accomplish this year is still in front of them. Last season, Nansemond River got in as the fourth seed and earned a regional championship.

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King’s Fork comes in at No. 4 this week in the Class 4 Region A power ratings. If the playoffs started today, the Bulldogs would play at home for at least the first round. Things could change over the next few weeks, and the Bulldogs could move up even higher. Last year, the Bulldogs took the No. 1 seed in the region. The Bulldogs are 5-1 and are in a good position right now. King’s Fork has a tough matchup this week against Indian River High School.

Lakeland High School currently sits at No. 11. They are not eliminated from contention, and with the games the Cavs have coming up, they can position themselves to get into the playoffs. Last year, Lakeland got in as the No. 7 seed and upset the No. 2 seed. Unlike most teams that are rated above them, Lakeland rarely plays teams in its own classification until playoff time. Coach Kevin Knight said after last Friday’s loss that he was confident his team could still run the table and make the playoffs. A good win against Grassfield High School can improve the Cavaliers’ chances.

All three Suffolk teams have the potential to be dangerous in the playoffs, and only a few weeks remain until the situation becomes clearer.