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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

  • READ tonight’s High School Football Feature on some of the top young QBs in the area.
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Tonight’s hot tickets

MASSAPONAX (3–0) at COLONIAL FORGE (2–1), 7

Last meeting: The Panthers dealt the Eagles their first district loss last year with a 59–30 victory. FB Javonte Latney rambled for 180 yards and two touchdowns to help fuel the win.

Last week: The Panthers posted a 35–6 win over Chancellor. The Eagles outlasted Hermitage in double overtime, 34–28.

Tonight’s matchup: The winner of this key Commonwealth District clash takes early control of the district race. Both teams have been impressive so far. The second-ranked Panthers have been hampered by injuries, but have stayed unbeaten with solid defense and a versatile offense that is averaging 37 points per game. Led by the potent scoring combination of QB Damen Daniel and WR Daniel Ezeagwu, the third-ranked Eagles have squared off against three tough opponents and won twice, including last week’s victory over Class 5A power, Hermitage.

LOUISA (1–1) at KING GEORGE (2–1), 7

Last meeting: The Foxes have won the last seven meetings, including a 35–14 victory in 2000. The Lions own a 13–8 lead in the overall series between the two schools.

Last week: The Lions scored on their opening possession, but lost to Courtland, 42–7. Riverbend handed the Foxes their first loss in their new stadium, 42–17.

Tonight’s matchup: The Lions and Foxes renew an old rivalry in hopes of building some momentum before district play begins. QB Trey Cherry scored on a 6-yard run to put Louisa in front last week, but the Lions defense was unable to contain Courtland’s wing–T attack. Four costly turnovers did not help their cause. The Foxes fell behind Riverbend by two touchdowns early and never recovered in their home opener. A switch to the single wing and the hard running of TB Jacoby White helped them cut the deficit to 21–14, but that was as close as they could come.

CHANCELLOR (0–3) at BROOKE POINT (0–3), 7

Last meeting: The Black–Hawks won a 52–34 shootout in 1998 and enjoy a 2–1 advantage in three previous meetings. 

Last week: The Chargers lost at Massaponax, 35–6, after trailing by just eight points at the half. The Black–Hawks dropped their Commonwealth District opener to North Stafford, 44–6.

Tonight’s matchup: Two teams in search of their first victory tangle in this non-district contest. The Chargers are reloading with a young team under coach Bob Oliver and have experienced some growing pains. Freshman QB Jason Brown has shown promise in the early going and figures to improve. The Black–Hawks have struggled as well, especially on defense, where they have given up 162 points. QB Donovan Fobbs has been a standout on offense. Last week, he completed 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Wolverines.

 

Also tonight 

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

The Blue Devils try to make it two wins in a row after stunning Madison with a big fourth-quarter rally, 26–7. Anthony Odham’s 50-yard interception return sparked a 20-point surge in the final 12 minutes that erased a 7–6 deficit.

HANDLEY (3–0) at EASTERN VIEW (3–0), 7

Three straight wins have the Cyclones flying high, but tonight they’ll get a major test against the unbeaten Judges. Last week, QB Josh Stalling connected with WR A.J. Stead for two scoring strikes as Eastern View outscored Orange, 35–9.

JAMES MONROE (1–2) at PETERSBURG (1–1), 7:30

The Jackets try to snap their first two-game losing streak in seven years against the Crimson Wave. In last week’s 21–10 loss at Mountain View, they couldn’t keep pace with the Wildcats and RB Gordon Collins, who rushed for three touchdowns.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (2–1) at LIBERTY (1–1), 7

Fresh off a hard-earned victory over JM, the Wildcats travel to Bealeton to face the high-scoring Eagles and QB Garrett Watts. Since an opening loss at Varina, Mountain View has rebounded nicely and now has QB Elijah Burress healthy again.

NORTH STAFFORD (3–0) at BRIAR WOODS (3–0), 7

This game could be a classic between two unbeatens. The Wolverines have dominated three opponents with a relentless attack led by RB Von Purvis, who scored six touchdowns last week. The Falcons have won 32 straight behind QB Trace McSorley.

ORANGE (0–2) at RIVERBEND (3–0), 7

The Bears look to keep their record unblemished against the winless Hornets. In last Friday’s 42–17 win over King George, QB Eric Byrd led the way with 272 yards passing and three touchdown strikes, including two to WR Conner Booren.

SPOTSYLVANIA (1–1) at SOUTHAMPTON (0–2), 7

The Knights return to action after notching their first victory two weeks ago against Fluvanna. RB Blair Lawson helped key the 20–14 win with 122 yards on the ground and two touchdown runs. The Indians have given up 85 points in two defeats.

STAFFORD (0–3) at COURTLAND (1–2), 7

The Cougars return home after earning their first win at Louisa. FB Anton Jenkins rushed for two scores to help them rally with 42 unanswered points. The Indians dropped a 20–10 decision to Albemarle at home after losing QB Garrett Cropp to an injury.

SUSSEX CENTRAL (2–0) at COLONIAL BEACH (1–1), 7

After running into a buzz saw at Franklin and losing, 41–22, coach Scott Foster’s Drifters face the Tigers’ explosive offense, which scored 68 points in last week’s victory over Charles City. Sussex won last year’s meeting, 50–14.

WASHINGTON & LEE (1–1) AT RAPPAHANNOCK (2–0), 7

The Eagles and Raiders clash in the first of two meetings this season. Their Northern Neck district game will be in Montross on Oct. 25. Two weeks ago, RB D.J. Weldon ran for 116 yards and a touchdown to help spark W&L to a 20–12 victory at Windsor.

 

Saturday’s game

FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (2–0) at RANDOLPH–MACON ACADEMY (0–2), NOON

The fast-starting Eagles visit the Yellow Jackets in a key Patriot Football Conference afternoon matchup. Last week, they overpowered Brunswick Academy, 41–8, behind FB James Plourde’s three touchdown runs.

 

—Compiled by Steve Franzello

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