Friday Night Lights: Previewing Beach football matchups

Granby (4-3) at Frank W. Cox (5-2), 6:30 p.m.southsidedailysportsTHUMB

After a 5-0 start, the Falcons have dropped two straight to Salem and First Colonial. The Cox defense has slipped recently, allowing 41 points over its last two games after surrendering only 52 in its first five. Falcons quarterback Cole Johnson and running back Matt DeMasi look to exploit a Granby defense that has allowed an average of 33 points over its last three games.

Kempsville (0-7) at Kellam (2-5), 7 p.m.

Currently staring from the outside-in at a potential playoff berth in the 6A South Region, Kellam enters must-win mode. The Knights nearly pulled off an upset last week against Salem, but they’ll have their work cut out for them this week against a Chiefs squad hungry for its first win. Look for a repeat performance from Kellam senior running back Kody Elmer, who scored three rushing touchdowns against Salem.

Salem (6-1) at Landstown (2-5), 7 p.m.

Salem has been the Beach’s hottest 5A South team, rolling to six straight victories after an opening-season loss to state powerhouse Ocean Lakes. Anchored by the dynamic running back duo of Malik Butts and Davonte Williams, the SunDevils have outscored their last six opponents by 21 points per game. Landstown searches for its first win since early September after losing five straight. Eagles quarterback Byron Stukes will have to solve a dominant Salem defense.

Princess Anne (3-4) at Maury (4-4), 7 p.m.

Currently the eighth and final seed in the 5A South standings, Princess Anne would improve its chances of going to the playoffs for the second straight year with a victory. The Cavaliers, having already matched its highest win total since 2004, look to bounce back after a 9-6 loss last week to Green Run. They face a steady Commodores team that has won its last two games.

Green Run (3-5) at Tallwood (2-6), 7 p.m.

After escaping Princess Anne with a crucial win last week, the Stallions trail the Cavaliers by a mere half game in the 5A South standings for the last playoff spot. Green Run brings a two-game winning streak against a Lions squad that has lost five in a row. A Stallions win and a Cavaliers loss would flip the teams’ seeds with two weeks left in the regular season.

 

Saturday

Ocean Lakes (7-0) at Bayside (6-1), 2 p.m.

The Dolphins enter Saturday as USA Today’s No. 8 team in the country. The defending 6A state champions haven’t lost since the 2013 Group 6A South Region semifinal — a streak of 21 games. Bayside, currently the fourth seed in the 6A South standings, will have its hands full with a Dolphins squad that has outscored its opponents 389-32 this season.

 

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