Local high school football game in national spotlight

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 3:37 PM

NORFOLK--Lake Taylor High School is hosting Oscar Smith Friday night in a high-profile football game that will be shown nationally on ESPNU.

Some consider it the biggest regular-season game in South Hampton Roads history.

Lake Taylor went 15-0 and won Eastern Region and Group AAA Division 5 titles last season. Oscar Smith won the Group AAA Division 6 title in 2011 and has won four of the past six D6 region crowns.

New bleachers have been set up and a standing-room only crowd of 5,000 is expected, which is double the capacity of the Lake Taylor stadium.

Security concerns have also doubled.

John Folscher with the Norfolk Police Department works as the security liaison with Norfolk Public Schools.

"Normally, we will have eight to ten police officers working a high school football game.  For this one, we will have 19 off-duty police and sheriff's deputies, and eight to ten on-duty police officers," said Folscher.

Traffic is also a concern.  Officers will be positioned at Lake Taylor and Kempsville Rd. and on Northampton Blvd. and Kempsville Rd. to help direct traffic.

Game time will be 8 p.m.

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