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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

ALSO SEE: Today’s High School Football Feature about players playing on both sides of the ball, as well as this week’s FLS Varsity Top-5 Power Poll.

 

Tonight’s hot tickets

MOUNTAIN VIEW (3–1) at NORTH STAFFORD (4–0), 7

Last meeting: The Wolverines sprinted to a 28–0 lead and then posted a 35–13 victory in last year’s Commonwealth District opener for both teams.

Last week: The return of QB Elijah Burress helped spark the Wildcats to a 39–21 victory at Liberty. The Wolverines shut down Briar Woods, 19–7, in a clash of unbeaten teams.

Tonight’s matchup: After notching impressive wins on the road last week, these two county rivals get to test their mettle against each other. The Wildcats got a big lift from the return of the injured Burress in their victory over the Eagles. The junior hooked up with WR Quinton Gray for seven pass completions, including two for touchdowns. The top-ranked Wolverines halted Briar Woods’ 32-game winning steak with a solid effort on both sides of the ball. RB Von Purvis led the way with 247 yards rushing and three touchdowns. North Stafford is tied with Massaponax for the No. 3 spot in Class 5A North.

RIVERBEND (4–0) at BROOKE POINT (1–3), 7

Last meeting: The visiting Bears overcame 130 yards of penalties and a 13–0 deficit in the second quarter to Earn a 22–19 victory last season.

Last week: QB Eric Byrd’s three touchdown passes led the Bears to a 42–7 win over Orange, while QB Donovan Fobbs’ four strikes powered the Black–Hawks past Chancellor, 34–14.

Tonight’s matchup: Last year’s meeting between these two teams featured an exciting finish, and tonight’s rematch could produce a repeat performance. The undefeated Bears stayed hot last week behind Byrd and RB Zac Sims, who ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Black–Hawks shrugged off three opening losses and pounded the Chargers with 445 yards of offense and a stingy defense that gave up just six first downs. Fobbs spread the wealth around, connecting with three different receivers for scores, including two to WR Khalil Baker.

EASTERN VIEW (4–0) at SPOTSYLVANIA (2–1), 7

Last meeting: The Cyclones rode a strong performance by their defense and halted a four-game skid with a 17–7 victory last season.

Last week: The unbeaten Cyclones dismantled Handley, 63–13, for their fourth-straight win. The Knights’ special teams and defense keyed a 38–3 victory at Southampton.

Tonight’s matchup: Two teams on the rise meet in this nondistrict matchup. The Cyclones have stormed to the top of the Class 4A North rankings with a potent offense that is averaging 40 points a game. RB Kendrick Kube (nine touchdowns, 532 yards rushing) and QB Josh Stallings (eight touchdowns, 549 yards passing) have set the pace. Kendrick ran for four scores and Stallings passed for three in last week’s rout of Handley. The Knights have already equaled last year’s victory total. Led by CB John Hall, their opportunistic defense and special teams forced six turnovers in last week’s win over the Indians.

 

Also tonight 

COLONIAL BEACH (1–2) at KING GEORGE (3–1), 7

The Foxes aim for their fourth win after stunning Louisa with a last-second field goal by Jacob Perkins—his second game-winner this season. The Drifters were overwhelmed by Sussex Central, 54–22, despite two scoring passes from QB Nick Graves.

COLONIAL FORGE (2–2) at PATRICK HENRY–ROANOKE (3–1), 7

The Eagles travel to Roanoke to face the Patriots after a tough 34–28 home loss to Massaponax in their district opener. QB Damen Daniel had a hand in all four of their touchdowns, running for two scores and passing for two others.

COURTLAND (2–2) at CULPEPER (2–2), 7

The Blue Devils have won two in a row since a forfeit. Tonight they’ll get a major test from the Cougars, who have also won two straight, including last week’s 58–14 romp past Stafford. HB Victor Greene’s four touchdown runs sparked the outburst.

FRANKLIN CO. (1–3) at MASSAPONAX (4–0), 7

The Panthers hope to feast on the struggling Eagles after outlasting Colonial Forge. CB Tony Barnett’s interception at the 1-yard line in the last minute led a spirited effort by the defense to help keep the second-ranked Panthers undefeated.

JOHN CHAMPE (1–2) at CAROLINE (0–3), 7

The Cavaliers try to right their ship against the Knights after dropping three straight. Two weeks ago, they were blitzed by Conference 20 power Dinwiddie, 50–20. Sophomore QB Rashard Harris threw for 295 yards and two scores in the loss.

LOUISA (1–2) at CHARLOTTESVILLE (2–1), 7:30

The hard-luck Lions look to rebound against the Black Knights after losing at King George. QB Trey Cherry ran and passed for touchdowns, but the Foxes responded with 10 points, including a game-winning field goal after two costly Louisa penalties.

MASSANUTTEN (0–4) at FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (3–0), 4

The Eagles entertain the Colonels after rallying for their third win in a row. WB Joshua Hill rushed for two scores and FB James Plourde added another to ignite the 29–14 victory over Randolph–Macon. Massanutten lost at Covenant, 40–20.

MILLBROOK (1–3) at CHANCELLOR (0–4), 7

The Chargers try to build some momentum before next week’s bye. Their offense struggled at Brooke Point with just 27 yards rushing. Zander Royston’s interception cut their deficit to seven points in the third quarter, but the Hawks prevailed, 34–14.

ORANGE (0–3) at ALBEMARLE (3–0), 7:30

The Hornets face their second-straight unbeaten opponent. The Warriors are ranked third in Class 3A West and have won three in a row. Orange’s lone score in a 42–7 loss at Riverbend came on a 66-yard strike from QB Garrett Johnson to WR Keith Ellis.

WASHINGTON & LEE (1–2) at KING WILLIAM (2–1), 7

The Eagles visit the Cavaliers in a rematch of two longtime Region A playoff foes hoping to regain some steam after defeats last week. The Cavaliers, who had been averaging 55 points, lost to Essex, while the Eagles fell at Rappahannock, 27–20.

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