Local tussle highlights this week's football slate

The Virginia Gazette

High school football returns to Wanner Stadium, in Williamsburg, 7p.m. Friday when Lafayette and Warhill square off.

Lafayette (1-0) opened its regular season last Thursday with a 41-0 win at Huguenot, while Warhill had a week off following a 24-0 defeat Aug. 27 at Churchland.

Last fall, Warhill stayed close for less than a half before Lafayette built a 34-0 halftime lead and ultimately won 48-0.

The Lions are employing the wishbone offense this season, and running back Collin Bright is among the fans of the system. The senior ran for 116 yards with two touchdowns in the season opener.

"I think it's a really good switch," said Bright, last week. "With this system, we can read the holes and hit the holes and it makes everything much easier."

Lafayette rebounded from a fumble on its opening drive last week. After that, the Rams settled down and coach Andy Linn said other than committing too many penalties, he was pleased with the opening week effort that included three touchdown grabs from receiver Tyrek Graham.

Jamestown: The Eagles are on the road 7 p.m. Friday against Tabb at Bailey Field.

Bruton: The Panthers dip into Bay Rivers District play with a 7 p.m. contest at Smithfield.

Bruton's season-opening 32-24 win at King William last week was highlighted by the Panthers' defense forcing eight turnovers along with Daniel Jones' 121-yard, two-touchdown performance.

Smithfield opened the season Aug. 28 with a 24-17 home defeat against King's Fork. The Packers won last year's game against Bruton, 46-0.

VOLLEYBALL

Rivalries renewed: Two matches between local teams highlight volleyball action this week.

On Tuesday, Jamestown visited Lafayette and Thursday, the Eagles visit Warhill at 6:30 p.m.

Jamestown and reigning 3A champion Warhill spit their regular season meetings last year before each team advanced through their respective conference tournaments to regional play.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Football: Berkeley and Hornsby kicked off their football seasons against each other Tuesday.

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