Lafayette High football coach Andy Linn admits that getting at least a share of the Bay Rivers District title by beating Poquoson on Thursday at Wanner Stadium would be "nice." Linn indicated, however, that a first Bay Rivers title for the program since 2007 might rank third among the motivations for the Rams (8-1, 7-1 district) to beat the Islanders (4-5, 3-5).

"To be honest getting the No. 1 seed in the (Region I Division 3) playoffs might be what we're aiming for most," he said. "And we've been talking about Poquoson having beaten us three years in a row."

The Rams can get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a victory and a win by Chancellor (7-2) over James Monroe on Friday in what is expected to be a close game. Those results would give the Rams at least a one-point edge in over James Monroe in Virginia High School League ratings points.

"The No. 1 seed is important, because that would keep us at home all the way until the state championship game," Linn said.

Four 1,000-yard rushers

The Bay Rivers District likely will finish the regular season with four 1,000-yard rushers. Three district players have reached that mark, while Jamestown's go-to running back, Daivon Turner, sits at 989 yards going into the Eagles' game on Friday against Warhill.

Jahlil Green is poised to give Lafayette its third consecutive Bay Rivers rushing champion in as many years. He enters the Rams' game against Tabb with 1,284 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.

Warhill's Devonte Dedmon is second with 1,099 yards and 11 TDs. Tabb's Brent Hinson is next with 1,031 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Football playoff picture

Five Bay Rivers football teams have clinched Region I playoff berths — Lafayette, York and Poquoson in Division 3. They will be joined in the D-3 regional by James Monroe, Park View of South Hill and Brunswick County.

Bay Rivers entrants Smithfield and Warhill are assured of berths in Region I Division 4, and will be joined in that bracket by Chancellor, King George and Courtland. That leaves Jamestown, Grafton and Tabb to fight for a sixth and final berth.

Without going into VHSL ratings point minutiae, here's the skinny on the No. 6 berth. Tabb is in with a win over Smithfield. Grafton is in with a win and a Tabb loss. Jamestown is in with a win and losses by both Tabb and Jamestown.

If all three lose, Jamestown is out. Under that scenario, Tabb gets the final berth if James Monroe beats Chancellor or if Charlottesville beats Powhatan. Should Powhatan and Chancellor both win, Grafton gets the final berth should Tabb and Jamestown lose.

Tabb's Wusk recognized

Tabb field hockey standout Betsy Wusk has been selected as a state finalist for the 2012 Wendy's Heisman Award. The 20 finalists are selected for their achievements in academics, athletics and community leadership.

Wusk a one of the defensive stars for the four-time defending A/AA state champion Tigers, who set a national record earlier this season for consecutive shutouts. She is also a National Honor Society member.

Volleyball semis set

The final Bay Rivers pieces to fit into next week's Region I volleyball tournament could be set with the district tournament semifinals on Thursday: York at Jamestown and New Kent at Grafton. If No.1 Jamestown beats No. 4 York, then No. 2 Grafton and No. 3 New Kent will join the top-seeded Eagles in the regional.

York would have to win the district tournament championship to knock the Grafton-New Kent loser out of the regionals. If Jamestown beats York, the Grafton-New Kent winner will be the district's No. 2 seed in the regionals, while the loser will go in at No. 3.