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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Mistakes bedevil Culpeper



Coming into Monday night, the Culpeper football team had a golden opportunity.

The Blue Devils were looking for their fourth win in five games and hosted a Liberty team that had lost three straight games.

But instead of capitalizing, the Blue Devils (3–4) came out stagnant and empty in a 35–6 loss to the Eagles (2–4).

Penalties on defense and a an immobile offense paired up against Liberty’s stifling defense and high-powered offense buried Culpeper early.

The Blue Devils converted two first downs in their first three possessions, but none in the rest of the first half and only five in the second half.

“That wasn’t our style of football,” Culpeper quarterback Hunter Crim said.

Liberty took a quick 21–0 lead in the first half on a pair of runs by Nelson Hogan and Ja’Quan Sinclair that sandwiched a 36-yard touchdown pass by Garrett Watts to Ian Vowels.

Culpeper seemed to have something brewing just before halftime when Marcellus Greene recovered a fumble on the 1, then scored on the next play.

The Blue Devils quickly got the ball back, but Justin White fumbled after a 28-yard completion that sent the ball right back to the Eagles.

That would about do it for Culpeper as far as scoring chances went for the remainder of the game.

Liberty scored just 1:50 into the second half on a 20-yard run by Aaron Walters to take a 28–6 lead.

They’d pile on another in the final minutes when Watts and Vowels connected again, this time for 24 yards.

“I thought we’d come and play well tonight,” Liberty head coach Sean Finnerty said. “I was happy with the way the kids executed on the defensive side of the ball.”

Crim completed just eight of his 27 pass attempts for 100 yards and was intercepted twice.

The Blue Devils fumbled five times and struggled to ever really put together a complete drive on offense.

Their defense was called offside seven times and was no match for a Liberty’s hard-running duo of Hogan and Sinclair.

Culpeper visits Kettle Run Friday.

Jim Swing: 540/374-5440