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TONIGHT’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAPSULES

SEE MORE: Read Justin Rice’s Friday night football feature story touching on the extra burden put on Stafford’s field due to construction at the high school.

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Tonight’s hot tickets

NORTH STAFFORD (6–1) at RIVERBEND (5–1), 7

Last meeting: The Wolverines jumped out to a 42–0 lead

and then cruised from their to a 48–13 victory last season.

Last week: The Bears did not play. Colonial Forge took advantage of five fumbles and handed the Wolverines their first loss, 12–0.

Tonight’s matchup: Both teams are licking their wounds after being shut out for the first time this season. The Wolverines dug themselves a hole against the Eagles with four fumbles in the first half and never recovered, despite 158 yards from area rushing leader Von Purvis. It was just the second time in two years they’ve failed to reach the end zone. The Bears hope to erase the memory of a 42–0 loss at Massaponax two weeks ago when their offense produced only 184 yards. Coach Tony DeMarco’s squad is ranked fourth in the latest 6A–South Conference 4 rankings.

CAROLINE (3–3) at COURTLAND (4–2), 7

Last meeting: The Cougars’ stingy defense held Caroline to negative rushing yardage in last year’s 36–13 victory.

Last week: The Cougars ran by Spotsylvania, 40–7. The Cavaliers rode the strong arm of QB Rasharrd Harris to a 26–20 victory over Chancellor on Monday.

Tonight’s matchup: Two teams on winning streaks collide in this important Battlefield District matchup. The Cavaliers have won three straight after an 0–3 start. A potent air attack led by Harris and big-play receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Aason Pankey has been the big catalyst in the turnaround. Harris threw for 428 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, the Cougars have gotten progressively better since opening losses to Massaponax and Riverbend. New RBs Victor Greene and George Cheetham have meshed nicely with veterans Anton Jenkins and Joe Tyson to help fuel four straight wins.

BROOKE POINT (2–5) at MOUNTAIN VIEW (3–3), 7

Last meeting: The Black–Hawks continued their late-season push to the playoffs with an impressive 41–32 victory last year.

Last week: The Black–Hawks pulled away from Stafford, 28–14, on Saturday. The Wildcats lost at Massaponax, 32–22.

Tonight’s matchup: With the window for making the postseason getting smaller each week, this Commonwealth District clash has playoff implications for both teams. The Black–Hawks showed their resolve with a 21-point fourth quarter to beat the Indians, but tonight’s contest marks the beginning of a critical three-game stretch that will determine if they get in the 5A–North tournament. The Wildcats are in better shape despite their loss at top-ranked Massaponax. RB Gordon Collins rushed for two touchdowns and scored on an 81-yard kickoff return to pull them within three points late in the fourth quarter.

 

Also today . . .

CENTRAL VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOL (4–0) at FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (5–1), 3:30

The Eagles take on the undefeated Disciples in their homecoming contest after a short week of practice. Tuesday’s 40–14 win over Norfolk Christian was their fifth in six games and featured a strong performance by their running game, which amassed 254 yards on the ground.

CULPEPER (3–4) at KETTLE RUN (4–2), 7

The Blue Devils look to get back on the winning track after a mistake-filled loss to Liberty. RB Marcellus Greene’s touchdown run provided their only points. Despite the loss, they’re still alive in the 3A–East playoff hunt. The Cougars took over second place in the standings with an 18–15 victory at Fauquier last week.

ESSEX (5–1) at COLONIAL BEACH (3–3), 7

The Drifters brace for the high-scoring Trojans after shutting out previously unbeaten Rappahannock, 10–0. Their active defense set the pace, holding the Raiders to just 23 yards rushing and forcing a pair of turnovers. Essex is ranked third in the 1A–East rankings and Colonial Beach is 14th.

FAUQUIER (3–3) at EASTERN VIEW (6–0), 7

The streaking Cyclones continue their Evergreen District schedule against the neighboring Falcons. QB Josh Stallings passed for three touchdowns and RB Kendrick Kube added 211 yards and three scores in their 43–0 district victory over winless Brentsville last week.

FLUVANNA (0–6) at LOUISA (2–4), 7:30

The Lions return home for another Jefferson District tilt after absorbing a 42–14 defeat at unbeaten Western Albemarle last week. The struggling Flying Flucos have dropped six in a row and have given up 77 points in their last two games.

JAMES MONROE (3–3) at CHANCELLOR (1–5), 7

Two disappointing losses have both of these teams searching for a fresh start tonight. The Jackets suffered a rare home loss to King George after leading on three field goals by David Dit. QB Jason Brown tossed a pair of touchdown passes at Caroline, but the Chargers came up short in a 26–20 defeat.

MASSAPONAX (7–0) at STAFFORD (0–6), 7

The undefeated Panthers go for win No. 8 after solidifying their hold on the top spot in Class 5A–North. RBs Javonte Latney (226 yards, two touchdowns) and A.J. Forbes (146 yards, two touchdowns) powered them to a 32–22 victory over Mountain View. The Indians lost to Brooke Point on Saturday, 28–14.

POWHATAN (4–2) at ORANGE (1–5), 7:30

The Hornets try to bounce back from a 47–14 defeat at Charlottesville and earn their second victory of the season. RB Isaiah Ferguson and QB Garret Johnson accounted for their only two scores against the Black Knights. The Indians figure to be motivated after dropping a 7–6 decision to Albemarle.

SPOTSYLVANIA (2–4) at KING GEORGE (5–1), 7

The Foxes entertain the Knights in their homecoming game after an emotional 21–16 victory at James Monroe. RB Markiece Johnson’s touchdown run in the closing seconds sealed their first win over the Jackets in 12 years. QB Tre Helmick threw for 98 yards and a score in the Knights’ 40–7 loss to Courtland.

WASHINGTON & LEE (3–3) at NORTHUMBERLAND (3–3), 7

With two straight one-sided victories, the Eagles are flying high heading into the heart of their Northern Neck District schedule. On Monday, they cruised to a 36–0 win at Lancaster. RB D.J. Weldon rushed for 144 yards and two scores to help ignite the victory. The Indians were blasted at Essex, 54–0.

—Compiled by Steve Franzello

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