Cavs go up against Bassett

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By Mike Forster

The question that is top-of-mind for all Jeff Forest fans: Which Bassett team will show up when the Bengals entertain the Cavs this Friday evening?

In fairness, the Bassett fans are probably asking the same thing about Forest.

With a ton riding on this game, the presumption is that both teams will show up at their best.

For the Cavs, the stakes are enormous. At this late date in the season, the Division 4 playoff picture is unclear other than Amherst being a lock for the top seed.

The Cavs could wind up anywhere from a second seed to watching the playoffs from the sidelines.

Bassett, a Region IV team, could land anywhere from third to out-on-its ear.

The Bengals’ big weapon is quarterback Boo Woods who, last season, led his team on an 11-1 run that ended in the Region 4 finals (beaten 10-7 by Salem).

This year, surrounded by a lot of new faces, Woods seemed unlikely to drive his team to another undefeated regular season.

Yet, Bassett started out hot, winning its first four games.

It opened with a decisive (28-7) win over Carroll County and followed that up by crushing Patrick Henry, 46-7.

A lackadaisical win over Hidden Valley might have been a portent to things to come.

Then the Bengals dropped two close ones, to McMichael, NC (20-17) and to Patrick County (25-24).

They rebounded to beat Tunstall, pushing their record to 5-2 before taking a break this past weekend.

Bassett currently sits in fourth place in Region IV, Division 4 with a rating of 23.0.

Blacksburg is right behind the Bengals, at 22.3. Region IV still only takes four teams from each division to the playoffs (unlike Region III which takes six). the Bengals would like nothing better to solidify their current standings with a win over the Cavs.

The Bengals close out with games against Martinsville and Magna Vista.