Inside the BRD: Predictions for Smithfield-Tabb and Poquoson-Lafayette football games on Thursday

Two Bay Rivers District football games are set for Thursday, when Smithfield plays Tabb and Lafayette hosts Poquoson. 

SMITHFIELD (8-1, 7-1) VS. TABB (4-5, 4-4)

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bailey Field at York High.

THE BUZZ: Perhaps the marquee game of the week because both have so much to play for. Smithfield clinches at least a tie for the Bay Rivers District title with a victory. And while the Packers will have to wait and see how Chancellor does against James Monroe on Friday, the win could earn them the No. 1 seed in the Region I Division 4 playoffs. Tabb is simply trying to get into the Region I D-4 playoffs, a feat it can accomplish with a victory. A loss would mean the Tigers must depend on Jamestown and Grafton to lose (and perhaps get a little help with a James Monroe victory) or sit on the playoff sidelines for another year.

THE PICK: Smithfield 28-14.

 POQUOSON (4-5, 3-5) VS. LAFAYETTE (8-1, 7-1)

WHEN: 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Wanner Stadium

THE BUZZ: Both are in the playoffs already, but Lafayette comes in with much more incentive. With a victory, the Rams clinch at least a share of the Bay Rivers District title and snap a three-year losing streak against Poquoson. In addition, a win and a James Monroe loss to Chancellor (in what is a toss-up game) gives the Rams homefield advantage through the Region I Division 3 playoff and, should they make it that far, in the state semifinals.

THE PICK: Lafayette 27-17.

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