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CHECK OUT today’s high school football feature story, “Hard for friends to be foes”.


Tonight’s hot tickets


Last meeting: The Wildcats handed the Yellow Jackets a 24–15 loss in the season opener for both teams in 2010.Both advanced to the regional playoffs that year.

Last week: Despite leading at the half, JM dropped a 31–17 decision to North Stafford. Mountain View bounced back from an opening loss and defeated Lee–Davis, 28–21.

Tonight’s matchup: The Jackets’ first game on the road should test their mettle after last week’s tough loss. Despite giving up 458 yards of offense to the Wolverines, they showed their

big-play capability and athleticism with a 17–14 lead at the half. The Wildcats pulled together behind freshman QB Ahmad Tweedy and held on for a 28–21 victory over a good Lee–Davis squad. Tweedy completed 13 of 21 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns while filling in for injured starter Elijah Burress.

COURTLAND (0–2) at LOUISA (1–0), 7:30

Last meeting: After spotting the Lions a 6–0 lead in the first quarter, the Cougars piled up 237 yards on the ground and rolled to a 35–6 victory last season.

Last week: Courtland had another solid outing against a quality opponent, but dropped to 0–2 with a 35–26 loss at Riverbend. Louisa did not play.

Tonight’s matchup: After two strong performances against Commonwealth District foes, the Cougars hope to notch their first victory in Mineral. They appeared on course for a win at Riverbend, but couldn’t maintain a 13-point lead. QB Jabari Allen and FB Anton Jenkins have been early standouts for coach J.C. Hall. The Lions should be ready to go after beating Spotsylvania, 35–14, in their opener two weeks ago. RB Markel Groomes set the pace with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns. 

RIVERBEND (2–0) at KING GEORGE (2–0), 7

Last meeting: The Bears have won both meetings between the two schools, the most recent in 2006, when they posted a 41–28 victory. In 2005, they won, 21–3.

Last week: Riverbend rallied past visiting Courtland, 35–26, while Jacob Perkins’ last-second field goal lifted King George to a 20–19 win at Stafford.

Tonight’s matchup: After winning their first two games, both of these teams are riding high. The last time either one made it to 3–0, they advanced to the regional playoffs. The Bears showed their resiliency against Courtland. Trailing 13–6, they powered past the Cougars with 378 yards of offense and three scoring passes by QB Eric Byrd. Meanwhile, the Foxes staged their own comeback at Stafford, erasing a halftime deficit and beating the Indians on Perkins’ 36-yard kick with no time on the clock.


Also tonight

ALBEMARLE (0–1) at STAFFORD (0–2), 7

The Indians try to rebound from their last-second loss to King George. Despite only 58 yards rushing, they rallied to tie the score on a touchdown pass by QB Garrett Cropp with 57 seconds left, but couldn’t stop the Foxes on their final drive. The Patriots led Massaponax, but ran out of gas and lost, 35–14.


The fast-starting Panthers host the Chargers in a tuneup for next week’s key clash at Colonial Forge. They’ll be without the services of all-district lineman Vinny Mihota (broken foot), but the return of FB Javonte Latney was a big plus in last week’s win at Albemarle. The Chargers got two touchdown passes from freshman QB Jason Brown, but lost to Eastern View, 40–22.


The Drifters return from a bye week and face the Broncos in search of their second victory. Two weeks ago, QB Nick Graves sparked them to a 44–6 victory over King & Queen with three touchdown passes and 103 yards rushing. Franklin won a 48–28 shootout with Nandua in its first game.

CULPEPER (0–2) at MADISON COUNTY (0–1), 7:30

The Blue Devils take a short ride to face a familiar opponent. Last week, the Mountaineers dropped their opener to Luray, 26–23, while Culpeper was shutting out Charlottesville, 31–0. The Blue Devils forced six turnovers in that contest, but forfeited the victory later in the week due to the use of an ineligible player.

DINWIDDIE (2–0) at CAROLINE (0–2), 7:30

The Cavaliers continue their three-game home stand with a visit from the unbeaten Generals. Last week, QB Rashard Harris threw for 264 yards and a touchdown pass in Caroline’s 20–19 loss

to Henrico. Dinwiddie, one of the top-ranked teams in the Richmond area, is averaging 55 points in its first two games.


The Eagles engage the Vikings in the second of three straight tests on the road. Last week, they got three scoring runs from FB James Plourde and coasted to a 41–0 Patriot Conference win

at Quantico. QB Joshua Nowacki and TE/DE Jamie Mason

are two other key cogs for coach Tim Coleman’s squad.


After giving three-time Division 4 state champion Briar Woods

a scare, 28–19, the Eagles take on the streaking Panthers from Richmond. Led by RB Nate Roscoe, Hermitage has won 39 straight regular-season contests. QB Damen Daniel (241 yards passing) helped rally the Eagles from a 21-point deficit against the Falcons, but their comeback fell just short.


The Wolverines look for win No. 3 against the Black–Hawks in the district opener for both teams. Last week, North trailed JM 17–14 and then erupted for 17 unanswered points to pull away for

the victory. RB Von Purvis (155 yards, two touchdowns) and QB Pat Ayala (18 completions, 190 yards) fueled the comeback. Brooke Point was shut out at Highland Springs, 55–0.

ORANGE (0–1) at EASTERN VIEW (2–0), 7

The Cyclones aim for a 3–0 start after rallying past Chancellor, 40–22. RB Kendrick Kube (22 carries, 197 yards, two touchdowns) helped ignite a 28-point second half to secure the win. WR Jacob Settle added a pair of touchdown receptions from QB Josh Stallings. The Hornets struggled to move the football

in a 51–10 loss to Liberty.

—Compiled by Steve Franzello