Cavs, Warriors match up for cross-town game

Published 10:16 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Warriors and Cavs will match up this week for the final Suffolk rivalry game of this season, while the Saints look to finish out strong.

Lakeland High School (0-7) at Nansemond River High School (5-2)

Both Lakeland and Nansemond River head into this matchup with losses on their record from last week. The Cavs took a loss to Hickory High School while the Warriors lost to Oscar Smith High School. Lakeland comes into this matchup 0-1 against Suffolk foes, while Nansemond River is 1-0. A win for the Warriors Friday night will earn them back-to-back city titles.

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The Warriors likely had their worst game of the season last week. However, defensively, they played well. Coach Justin Conyers has always talked with his team about taking each game week by week, and one thing he has always been consistent about is not losing games in Suffolk. So, as the Warriors host the Cavs, they have a chance to complete their first goal of the season.

“We have a chance to go out there and correct some things,” Conyers said. “Coach Joe Jones has a good program going over there, and we are going to have to be ready to play. We want to be undefeated in the city, and we don’t want last week’s mistakes to beat us this week.”

Lakeland is still looking for its first win of the season. Playing in a tough district, the Cavs draw a difficult matchup just about every week. Coach Joe Jones has talked about continuing to work on themselves and wanting to execute better on game days. He knows how rivalry games go, but also knows the Cavs have far greater things to be concerned with than getting caught up in rival game hype.

“We know what comes with a rivalry week, and we can’t get caught up in those things,” Jones said. “With all the work we put in during the week, we want to come out and do some good things come Friday night.”

Nansemond River will host Lakeland at 7 p.m. Friday.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (3-5) vs. Fredericksburg Christian School (0-8)

The Saints will have senior night Friday when they host the reigning Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II champions in FCS. Though Fredericksburg is winless for the season, the Saints will have to be locked in to bring their record closer to .500.

Last week, the Saints had arguably their best performance of the season, defeating Norfolk Christian 47-26. When both these teams met last season, it was a close battle that shifted the playoff picture last year. NSA has a chance to go to 4-5 on the year, moving them up just a little closer in the rankings system in the VISAA Division II poll.

The Saints offensive line had a solid performance giving quarterback Ian McAninley time to make plays and also got the ground game going. George Pettaway finished with four touchdowns on over 100 yards, and Jeffrey Dailey added an 80-yard round.

Coach Mike Biehl said last week was the best he had felt about a team win in a long time. Now they will look to add another win at home at 7 p.m. Friday.

King’s Fork High School (2-5) vs. Hickory High School (3-4)

The Bulldogs took a tough homecoming loss last week against Great Bridge High School. It dropped King’s Fork a bit in the playoff picture, but the Bulldogs get a chance to face a Hickory team that is looking to make a playoff push of its own.

Coach Kermit Buggs admitted he was a bit disappointed in the first-half play of the Bulldogs last week, which saw them down 33-7; however, they were able to put on a big show in the second half to bring the game closer, even though they lost.

As the season goes on, Buggs said he is continuing to learn his team, as his team is doing the same with him. King’s Fork can earn a good win Friday and kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Bulldogs will host Hickory at 7 p.m. Friday.