The Gridiron Blog brings you the scores, stats and stories from Fredericksburg-area high school football.
This Week’s Game Previews (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)
JAMES MONROE AT STAFFORD, 7:30
Last meeting: The Yellow Jackets rode the sturdy legs of TB Ethan Preston to a 41–17 victory last season.
Tonight’s matchup: The Jackets and Indians renew one of the area’s oldest rivalries. JM holds a 30–20–2 advantage all-time and looks to build on last week’s 44–6 win over Tabb. Stafford tries to regroup after losing to Potomac.
The Jackets’ speed and athleticism were everywhere against Tabb. QB Julian Bumbrey looked sharp after a slow start and threw second-half scoring strikes to Jarmal Bevels and She’Mar Ellis. WR Darryl Dyson returned a kickoff 77 yards and a punt 50 yards for touchdowns to help seal the victory.
The Indians scored first against the Panthers last week, but costly mistakes, including six fumbles, kept them from sustaining any momentum. QB Billy Bolinsky passed for 142 yards and WR Da’Shawn Harris had six receptions, including one for a 55-yard touchdown in the 28–10 loss.
MASSAPONAX AT CHANCELLOR, 7:30
Last meeting: Last year, the Panthers rushed for 367 yards in a 40–18 victory—their third straight over the Chargers.
Tonight’s matchup: This figures to be an early test of strength for two teams expected to contend in their respective districts this season. Both were impressive in opening wins last week.
RB Javonte Latney’s 227 yards and two touchdowns helped ignite the Panthers’ 26–15 comeback victory over Courtland. He should face a stiff test against the Chargers’ defense and all-district NG Sammie Harper. Against the Cougars, Massaponax’s multiple-option attack ran for 354 yards on 48 attempts.
The Chargers put the clamps on Riverbend early in last week’s 25–6 win and never relented. The 5–3 defense surrendered just 51 yards on the ground and got two picks from LB Chris Purvis. QB Darrin Jackson was effective through the air, connecting with WR Chris Holmes for four completions and a touchdown.
WASHINGTON & LEE AT KING GEORGE, 7
Last meeting: Then coach Malcolm Lewis’ Eagles improved to 2–0 with a decisive 37–20 victory in Montross last season.
Tonight’s matchup: The Foxes play their final game at the Pit against a team they have played every year since 1961. King George leads the all-time series, 28–20–2.
The Eagles made new coach Antron Yates a winner in his début against Spotsylvania. Despite 124 yards in penalties, Yates’ young squad showed its mettle by rallying from an eight-point deficit and posting a 21–17 victory. RB Dexter Thompson scored three times to help key the win.
With many of its former players expected to be in attendance for tonight’s contest, King George should have plenty of motivation. Last week, the Foxes opened on a strong note, outscoring Manassas Park, 34–12. RB De’Shon Brown and QB Corey Henderson (176 yards passing, three touchdowns) were both standouts in the win.
BROOKE POINT AT PATRIOT, 7:30
The Black–Hawks tangle with the first-year Pioneers and try to bounce back from a 40–0 loss to Osbourn. RB Jonathan Horsley gained 115 yards, but early turnovers were too much for Brooke Point to overcome. This will be Patriot’s first-ever home game after dropping its opener at Briar Woods, 42–14.
CHARLOTTESVILLE AT EASTERN VIEW, 7:30
After outlasting Louisa, the re-energized Cyclones return home to face the Black Knights, a team they beat 39–6 last year in their inaugural meeting. QB Brandon Settle was a standout in the 23–14 win over the Lions, passing and running for a pair of scores.
COLONIAL BEACH AT CHARLES CITY, 7
Second-year coach Scott Foster and the Drifters travel south to take on the Panthers in the season opener for both teams. RBs Dion Gonzalez and Dez’John Parker figure to get plenty of playing time on both sides of the ball for the Beach. Both teams advanced to the regional playoffs last year with just three wins.
COURTLAND AT RIVERBEND, 7:30
Both teams look to rebound from opening defeats in this county rivalry. The Cougars led a physical Massaponax squad at the half before succumbing, 26–15, last week, while the Bears fell behind early at Chancellor and never recovered in a 25–6 loss. QB Eric Byrd threw for 121 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown.
ESSEX AT CAROLINE, 7
The new-look Cavaliers and first-year coach Jeremiah Ross square off against a confident Trojans team that pounded Gretna, 41–18, last week. QB Curtis Leacock and TB Chad Boxley will be important cogs in Caroline’s new spread offense. Last year, Essex won the teams’ first-ever meeting, 34–20.
FAUQUIER AT CULPEPER, 7:30
The Blue Devils hope to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Falcons. All-purpose RB/LB Bill Hogan will be a key starter, along with a number of other two-way performers for coach Mike Williams. The Falcons beat Loudoun Valley, 16–13, last week.
FOREST PARK AT COLONIAL FORGE, 7:30
The Eagles begin their seventh season under coach Bill Brown with a lineup that is long on potential but short on experience. Returning QB Damon Daniel will lead the new spread attack, along with a committee of capable running backs. Forest Park lost to Stonewall Jackson in its opener last week, 29–14.
LOUISA AT ORANGE, 7:30
Two former Jefferson District rivals clash at Porterfield Park. The Lions lost their opener to Eastern View, despite QB Zac Jackson’s 13-for-18 effort. The Hornets are counting on QB Isaiah Ferguson and a revamped defense to keep them competitive. Last year, Louisa amassed 430 rushing yards and won 48–21.
MOUNTAIN VIEW AT OSBOURN, 7:30
After hammering Freedom 52–0 last week, the Wildcats face a tough assignment against the Eagles, who rode a 27-point second quarter to a 40–0 win at Brooke Point. Seven players scored touchdowns in Mountain View’s opening win, two by RB Gordon Collins.
POTOMAC AT NORTH STAFFORD, 7:30
The Free Lance–Star’s top-ranked team begins defense of its Northwest Region title with 18 starters back, including explosive WRs Brandon Ravenel and Anthony Shegog. They’ll face an opportunistic Panthers team that defeated Stafford last week.
AT FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN, 3:30
AT FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN, 3:30
Coach Tim Coleman’s Eagles kick off their season with a veteran lineup that advanced to the VISAA, Division 3 semifinals last year. Four-year starters Hunter Griffis and Bret Barham figure to make an impact on both sides of the line. FCS won last year, 42–0.