Friday Night Lights: Previewing Beach football matchups

Kellam (4-5) at Green Run (3-6), 7 p.m.southsidedailysportsTHUMB

Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot in the 5A and 6A regions.

Knights: (Last week: 32-10 loss to Landstown) Kellam is in a three-way tie for the 6A South eighth seed with Beach rivals First Colonial and Landstown. Friday night’s game is the definition of a must-win.

Stallions: (Last game: 16-14 loss to Tallwood) Green Run enters Friday in a tie with Kecoughtan for the final 5A South playoff spot, putting it in an interesting position. If both teams win or both lose, statistical rankings would decide the final spot. The Stallions likely need a win and a Kecoughtan loss to get in the playoffs. If they both win, the Stallions could still get in if Maury, ranked seventh, loses.

Cox (6-3) at Kempsville (0-9), 7 p.m.

Falcons: (Last week: 49-7 loss to Ocean Lakes) Playing without suspended head coach Bill Stachelski for the first time last week, Cox was routed by Ocean Lakes. A win would likely guarantee the Falcons a top-four spot in the 6A South playoffs.

Chiefs: (Last week: 27-14 loss to Tallwood) Winless so far, Kempsville hopes to steal a game against the favored Falcons in the regular season finale.

Landstown (4-5) at Ocean Lakes (9-0), 7 p.m.

Eagles: (Last week: 32-10 win over First Colonial) Like the Knights and Patriots at 4-5, Landstown needs to win and have both of the Beach teams it’s tied with to lose to have a chance at the eighth seed. Bad news for the Eagles: They play Ocean Lakes. Barring a monumental upset, the Eagles’ chances at the postseason are minimal.

Dolphins: (Last week: 49-7 win over Cox) Playing against a Beach team desperate for a playoff berth could make for an interesting fight from the Eagles, but if this Ocean Lakes season has shown anything, it won’t matter.  The Dolphins haven’t shown any sign of slowing down and may not be truly challenged until the state tournament.

Bayside (6-3) at Princess Anne (3-6), 7 p.m.

Marlins: (Last week: 17-10 loss to Salem) If the 6A South standings hold, the third-seeded Marlins would face the Falcons in the first round. If Bayside loses Friday, it could drop to the seventh seed and have to face an undefeated Oscar Smith in the first round — an unfavorable matchup.

Cavaliers: (Last week: 40-15 loss to Kellam) A team that once owned the fifth spot in the 5A South Region at 3-3  in early October, the Cavaliers have played themselves out of the playoff picture. Princess Anne would need a win against the Marlins, combined with losses from Maury, Kecoughtan and Green Run for a chance at the playoffs.

First Colonial (4-5) at Salem (7-2), 7 p.m.

Patriots: (Last week: 32-10 loss to Landstown) Same scenario as the Knights and Eagles: win and hope for losses from both rivals. The Patriots play a Salem team that also lost to the Eagles two weeks ago but beat Bayside last week.

SunDevils: (Last week: 17-10 win over Bayside) With a top-four seed all but clinched in the 5A South bracket, Salem looks to build off an impressive win last week.

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