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This Week’s Game Previews (Sept. 28)
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KING GEORGE AT JAMES MONROE, 7:30
Last meeting: Julian Bumbrey returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the Jackets erupted for 35 points in the second half and coasted to a 50–14 victory last season.
Tonight’s matchup: First place in the Battlefield District standings will be on the line when these two undefeated rivals clash at Maury Stadium. Both have been impressive in winning their first four games.
The Foxes posted a resounding 21–10 victory over Courtland in their new stadium last week and they’re eager to prove it was no fluke. QB Corey Henderson continued his strong play with a touchdown pass and a scoring run, and the King George defense stood tall against the Cougars. They’ll need that same kind of sustained effort against JM’s talented skill players.
The Jackets’ visit to Eastern View was a costly one. The loss of quarterback Bumbrey and RBs Adrian Boone and Glenn Taylor were major blows, but JM weathered the storm and responded with a 24–9 win. New QB Jay Scroggins filled in nicely for Bumbrey and tossed a touchdown pass, while hard-running senior Sean Bates rushed for 92 yards and a score.
NORTH STAFFORD AT COLONIAL FORGE, 7:30
Last meeting: WR Anthony Shegog set the pace with three straight touchdowns, including one on a fumble recovery, as the Wolverines improved to 5–0 with a 34–0 victory last year.
Tonight’s matchup: The two remaining unbeaten teams
in the Commonwealth District collide in this battle for first place. The winner puts itself in the driver’s seat with four district games remaining.
The Wolverines began the season as the area’s top-ranked team and continued to justify that lofty status last week at Riverbend. QB Von Purvis threw two early scoring strikes and RB Kwesie Dadzie ran for two touchdowns as North Stafford built a 42–0 halftime lead and then cruised from there to a 48–13 victory.
Four straight wins have the Eagles flying high heading into tonight’s important showdown. Last week, they fought off a strong showing by pesky Stafford and a rash of penalties to earn a 21–16 win. QB Damon Daniel rushed for 116 yards on 22 attempts and scored a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense limited Stafford to just 17 yards on the ground.
CHANCELLOR AT COURTLAND, 7:30
Last meeting: The Cougars overcame an early 7–0 deficit and scored 30 unanswered points to earn what coach J.C. Hall called a “major confidence-building win” last season.
Tonight’s matchup: Always a big game on both teams’ schedules, the outcome of this one figures to have an impact on the Battlefield District race, as well. The Chargers look to go 2–0 in district play, while the Cougars try to even their mark at 1–1.
Chancellor had no trouble with Culpeper in its district opener last week, notching a 42–6 victory despite 161 yards in penalties. QB Darrin Jackson fueled the scoring outburst with four touchdown passes, including two to Tyler Morton. RB Dominic Kaopua chipped in 133 yards rushing and a scoring run.
The Cougars find themselves in the familiar position of needing to turn around a slow start and establish some momentum for a possible playoff run. In last week’s 21–10 defeat at King George, they out-gained the Foxes in first downs and time of possession, but failed to transfer that advantage to the scoreboard.
BROOKE POINT AT ORANGE, 7:30
One of these teams will get its first Commonwealth District victory tonight. The Black–Hawks should be well-rested after a bye last week, while the Hornets try to rebound from a 37–0 pounding by Albemarle. Brooke Point amassed 467 yards of offense in last season’s 68–14 win.
EASTERN VIEW AT CAROLINE, 7:30
The improving Cavaliers return home after outlasting Spotsylvania, 26–22. After spotting the Knights an early lead, they rallied for their first Battlefield District win behind QB Curtis Leacock and WRs DeQuan Pollard and Bevonte Morris. The Cyclones trailed JM by one point at the half but eventually fell, 24–9.
AT MASSANUTTEN MILITARY ACADEMY, 4
AT MASSANUTTEN MILITARY ACADEMY, 4
The unbeaten Eagles try to keep their winning steak intact against the Colonels, who have dropped three in a row. RB/FS Aaron Alexander was a big catalyst in last week’s 35–14 Patriot Conference victory over Randolph–Macon Academy. The senior ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another.
LOUISA AT SOUTH LAKES, 7:30
The up-and-down Lions try to even their record against the Seahawks in Reston. Louisa QB Zac Jackson was a force against Monticello last week, rushing for 152 yards and three touchdowns, but the Lions were unable to contain the Mustangs’ potent attack and lost, 34–27.
MATHEWS AT COLONIAL BEACH, 7
The Drifters aim for victory No. 3 against the winless Blue Devils before starting Northern Neck District play next week. Last week, they rolled past King & Queen, 41–6, as QB Nick Graves passed for 135 yards and two touchdowns. RB Dez’John Parker added a pair of rushing scores in the third quarter.
MOUNTAIN VIEW AT ALBEMARLE, 7:30
After throttling Massaponax 37–14 behind WR DaeSean Hamilton’s stellar performance (nine catches, three touchdowns), the Wildcats square off against the Patriots, who routed Orange, 37–0, last week. QB Elijah Burress threw for 262 yards and Mountain View recorded 21 first downs against the Panthers.
RIVERBEND AT STAFFORD, 7:30
The Bears try to get back on the right track after having their three-game winning streak halted at top-rated North Stafford. Meanwhile, the Indians try to bounce back from a tough loss to Colonial Forge that featured 312 yards of passing by Stafford QB Billy Bolinsky. The Indians prevailed, 28–14, last year.
SPOTSYLVANIA AT CULPEPER, 7:30
The Knights and Blue Devils compete for their first Battlefield District victory in a contest the Knights won, 39–13, last year. Last week, both lost their district openers. Spotsylvania’s Ashten Dixon threw for 198 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause to Caroline. The Blue Devils fell behind 28–0 at the half and never recovered in a 42–6 defeat at Chancellor.
WASHINGTON & LEE AT WINDSOR, 7
The Eagles travel south to face the Dukes in a tune-up for next week’s Northern Neck District opener against Lancaster. Last week, they got 101 yards rushing and three interceptions from multi-purpose back Kwame Gray, but dropped an 8–7 heartbreaker to King William. The Eagles won a 47–34 shoot-out over Windsor last season.