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This Week’s Game Previews (Oct. 12)
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KING GEORGE AT CHANCELLOR, 7:30
Last meeting: The Chargers squeezed out a 14–13 victory at “the Pit” last season in a game that was dominated by the bruising play of both defenses.
Tonight’s matchup: The winner of this key Battlefield District clash solidifies its hold on a Region I, Division 4 playoff berth and keeps the heat on front-running James Monroe.
With victories in five of their first six games, the Foxes have established themselves as legitimate contenders. Last week they shrugged off their first loss of the season and pounded Spotsylvania, 59–0, with a diversified attack. QB Corey Henderson, who leads the area with 11 touchdown passes, threw three against the Knights, including two to RB Jacob Baker.
One week after a disappointing overtime loss at Courtland, the Chargers regained some of their swagger by grinding out a 35–2 win at Eastern View. RB Dominic Kaopua rambled for 197 yards and scored twice to lead the ground game, which fueled a 29-point surge in the second half. Meanwhile, Chancellor’s defense held the Cyclones to minus-16 yards rushing.
MOUNTAIN VIEW AT STAFFORD, 7:30
Last meeting: WR DaeSean Hamilton caught two touchdown passes and the Wildcats ended Stafford’s four-game winning streak with a 24–7 victory last season.
Tonight’s matchup: With two weeks left in the regular season, both of these teams are attempting to secure Division 5 playoff spots, as well as improve their positions in the Commonwealth District standings.
Mountain View appeared to have first-place Colonial Forge on the ropes early in last week’s 35–21 loss to the Eagles. Quinton Gray’s interception return for a touchdown put the Wildcats up 21–7 at halftime, but they failed to score in the final two quarters. Hamilton caught seven passes in the losing cause.
The Indians continued to claw their way back into the divisional playoff picture after rallying past Albemarle. QB Billy Bolinsky ran for his second touchdown in the closing minutes to seal the 28–22 win. WR Da’Shawn Harris added a scoring run and interception for Stafford, which improved to 3–2 in the district.
COURTLAND AT CAROLINE, 7:30
Last meeting: The Cougars amassed 380 yards of offense and improved to 4–0 in the Battlefield District with a 49–6 homecoming victory last year.
Tonight’s matchup: With the stretch drive of the district race approaching, the Cougars and Cavaliers are both looking to get on a roll with four games remaining.
The Cougars are riding a two-game winning streak and need a win to stay in the hunt for a Division 4 playoff berth. Last week, they raced past Culpeper, 43–0, with an explosive running game that featured contributions from five different backs. Brandon Mason and Anton Jenkins set the pace with two touchdowns apiece.
After winning their first two district games, the Cavaliers were ambushed at JM, 59–14. Trailing 52–0 at the break, Caroline showed its mettle with a pair of scores in the third quarter. RB Keonta Morris scored on a 5-yard scamper and QB Curtis Leacock connected with Bevontae Morris for a 60-yard strike.
COLONIAL FORGE AT HYLTON, 7:30
Last meeting: Last year’s game at Colonial Forge ended in a 28–14 victory for the undefeated Bulldogs, who kept their seven-game winning streak intact.
Tonight’s matchup: Former Hylton coach Bill Brown leads the Eagles against his former school in this nondistrict tilt between two of the top teams in the Northwest Region.
Colonial Forge won its sixth straight and remained atop the Commonwealth District standings with last week’s 35–21 victory over Mountain View. QB Damen Daniel led a second-half surge, running for two touchdowns and passing for another.
The Bulldogs (5–1) own a one-game lead over Woodbridge in the Cardinal District. Led by QB Travon McMillian and RB Joshua Ronan–Redfearn, their offense has averaged 50 points in their last three wins and their defense has posted three shutouts.
ALBEMARLE AT NORTH STAFFORD, 7:30
With another Division 5 playoff berth within their grasp, the Wolverines try to keep focused against the 1–5 Patriots, a team they blasted 42–13 last year. After falling behind Brooke Point last week, North Stafford rallied for a 30–7 victory.
COLONIAL BEACH AT ESSEX, 7
The Drifters hit the road for a tough assignment against the state’s top team in Group A. Last week, the Trojans routed Northumberland, 54–0, while the Beach fell to Rappahannock, 35–12, despite two touchdown passes from QB Nick Graves.
CULPEPER AT JAMES MONROE, 7:30
After throttling Caroline, the undefeated Jackets aim for win No. 7 in their homecoming contest. Injured QB DeMontaz Brown is scheduled to make his return after missing the first half of the season. JM is ranked third in the latest Group AA state poll.
EASTERN VIEW AT SPOTSYLVANIA, 7:30
The Cyclones try to capture their first Battlefield District victory after coming up empty-handed against Chancellor last week. The Knights ran into a buzz saw at King George, falling behind the Foxes, 36–0, at the half and then losing, 59–0.
MASSAPONAX AT BROOKE POINT, 7:30
The Panthers look to keep their momentum after taking out
their frustrations on Orange last week, 72–6. RB Joey Foster’s two long-distance scoring runs set the pace. Meanwhile, the Black–Hawks scored first, but lost, 30–7, at North Stafford.
ORANGE AT RIVERBEND, 7:30
After taking a week off, coach Tony DeMarco’s Bears return to action in search of their third Commonwealth District victory. They’ve been outscored, 81–29, and dropped two straight since forging a three-game winning steak. Starting tonight, the Hornets play three of their final four games on the road.
PAUL VI AT FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN, 4
The Panthers from Fairfax make their first-ever visit to FCS to take on the soaring Eagles and their six-game winning streak. Last week, FCS dominated play in a 42–6 win at Hargrave Military Academy. Lineman A.J. Addison recovered a fumble in the end zone and QB Bret Barham tossed a pair of scoring strikes.
WASHINGTON & LEE AT NORTHUMBERLAND, 7
The Eagles try to keep a share of the Northern Neck District lead after putting the camps on high-scoring Lancaster last week, 35–0. The offense built a 28–0 lead at the half and got a big lift from WR Eric Mason, who caught two touchdown passes. W&L defeated the Indians, 41–24 last season.