5 Games to Watch in the Bay Rivers District | Football

Marty O'Brien
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Lafayette has a pair of Football Bowl Subdivision recruits.

Lafayette High's move to Group 4A after a state runner-up finish in the 3A state playoffs in 2014 is the big news in Bay Rivers District football.

The other top storyline in the BRD is the debut of coaches at Jamestown (Donnell Brown), New Kent (Clark Harrell) and Smithfield (Reginald Chavis).

The annual question in the BRD is the same: Can anyone stop Lafayette. The annual answer is as well: Probably not.

With the VHSL's master schedule released Thursday, here are five games to watch this season:

Aug. 28: Kings Fork at Smithfield. Because the Surry-Smithfield rivalry long ago became one-sided in the Packers' favor and is now a preseason benefit contest, this season opener becomes the new "Battle of Route 10." It also should provide a glimpse of whether Smithfield has the goods to return to Bay Rivers title contention.

Sept. 3: Colonial Heights at New Kent. The Trojans haven't won a season opener since 2008. If new coach Clark Harrell can deliver one it should earn him plenty of good will in New Kent, where the rebuilding challenge is much larger than he faced at Smithfield three years ago.

Sept. 18: Smithfield vs Lafayette (Wanner Stadium). There's plenty of talent in this game. Smithfield is led by a two-time 1,000-yard rusher in Donald King and potential Division I prospect in wide receiver Chris Pierce, both juniors. The Rams boast a pair of Division I recruits in seniors QB Cheyton Pine (Pittsburgh) and OL Trey Neville (Army).

Oct 15: Lafayette at Poquoson. Poquoson might be a year away from truly pushing Lafayette for the district title. But the Islanders tend to play the Rams as tough as anyone, so this is must-see football.

Oct. 16: Tabb vs. York (Bailey Field). Terry Kirby. Robb Berryman. Ben Edwards' seven touchdowns. The whistle. Grant Kelchner's field goal. This rivalry never fails to deliver.

O'Brien can be reached by phone at 757-247-4963.

Bay Rivers District schedule

BRUTON (2A)

Sept. 4: at King William, 7

Sept. 11: at Smithfield, 7

Sept. 18: Grafton, 7

Sept. 25: New Kent, 7

Oct. 2: at Tabb, 7

Oct. 9: York, 7

Oct. 16: Jamestown, 7

Oct. 23: at Poquoson, 7

Oct. 31: Lafayette, 2

Nov. 6: at Warhill, 7

GRAFTON (4A)

Sept. 4: Churchland, 7

Sept. 11: at Poquoson, 7

Sept. 18: at Bruton, 7

Sept. 25: Tabb, 7

Oct. 3: New Kent, 7

Oct. 9: Lafayette, 7

Oct. 16: at Warhill, 7

Oct. 23: York, 7

Oct. 31: at Jamestown, 7

Nov. 6: at Smithfield, 7

JAMESTOWN (4A)

Sept. 4: at Gloucester, 7

Sept. 11: at Tabb, 7

Sept. 18: at Poquoson, 7

Sept. 25: Lafayette, 7

Oct. 2: Warhill, 7

Oct. 9: New Kent, 7

Oct. 16: at Bruton, 7

Oct. 23: at Smithfield, 7

Oct. 31: Grafton, 7

Nov. 7: at York, 2

LAFAYETTE (4A)

Sept. 3: at Huguenot, 7

Sept. 11: Warhill, 7

Sept. 18: Smithfield, 7

Sept. 25: at Jamestown, 7

Oct. 1: York, 7

Oct. 9: at Grafton, 7

Oct. 16: at Poquoson, 7

Oct. 23: Tabb, 7

Oct. 31: at Bruton, 7

Nov. 5: New Kent 7

NEW KENT (3A)

Sept. 3: Colonial Heights, 7

Sept. 11: York, 7

Sept. 18: Tabb, 7

Sept. 25: at Bruton, 7

Oct. 1: at Grafton, 7

Oct. 9: at Jamestown, 7

Oct. 16: Smithfield, 7

Oct. 23: Warhill, 7

Oct. 30: at Poquoson, 7

Nov. 5: at Lafayette, 7

POQUOSON (3A)

Aug. 28: at Southampton, 7

Sept. 11: Grafton, 7

Sept. 18: Jamestown, 7

Sept. 24: at York, 7

Oct. 2: at Smithfield, 7

Oct. 8: at Warhill, 7

Oct. 15: Lafayette, 7

Oct. 23: Bruton, 7

Oct. 30: New Kent, 7

Nov. 6: at Tabb, 7

SMITHFIELD (4A)

Aug. 28: King's Fork, 7

Sept. 11: Bruton, 7

Sept. 18: at Lafayette, 7

Sept. 24: at Warhill, 7

Oct. 2: Poquoson, 7

Oct. 10: at Tabb, 7

Oct. 16: at New Kent, 7

Oct. 23: Jamestown, 7

Oct. 30: at York, 7

Nov. 6: Grafton, 7

TABB (3A)

Sept. 3: Hopewell, 7

Sept. 11: Jamestown, 7

Sept. 18: at New Kent, 7

Sept. 25: at Grafton, 7

Oct. 2: Bruton, 7

Oct. 10: Smithfield, 7

Oct. 16: at York, 7

Oct. 23: at Lafayette, 7

Oct. 30: at Warhill, 7

Nov. 6: Poquoson, 7

WARHILL (3A)

Aug. 27: at Churchland, 7

Sept. 11: at Lafayette, 7

Sept. 18: at York, 7

Sept. 24: Smithfield, 7

Oct. 2: at Jamestown, 7

Oct. 8: Poquoson, 7

Oct. 16: Grafton, 7

Oct. 23: at New Kent, 7

Oct. 30: Tabb, 7

Nov. 6: Bruton, 7

YORK (3A)

Sept. 4: at James Monroe, 7

Sept. 11: at New Kent, 7

Sept. 18: Warhill, 7

Sept. 24: Poquoson, 7

Oct. 1: at Lafayette, 7

Oct. 9: at Bruton, 7

Oct. 16: Tabb, 7

Oct. 23: at Grafton, 7

Oct. 30: Smithfield, 7

Nov. 7: Jamestown, 2

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