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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Tonight’s Game Capsules

READ MORE: Be sure to read Taft Coghill Jr.’s Friday Night Football Feature about the choice coaches have to make on whether to leave a young player on JV or bring him onto the varsity. Also see who made this week’s Top 5 in the Power Poll.

POLL: Don’t forget to cast your vote for this week’s Fans’ Choice “Game of the Week“.

 

Tonight’s hot tickets

RIVERBEND (5–3) at MOUNTAIN VIEW (5–3), 7

Last meeting: After being shut out in the first half, the Bears rallied to win their third straight game last year, 16–14.

Last week: Riverbend lost to Stafford, 21–14. Mountain View’s defense set the tone in a 24–21 victory at Colonial Forge.

Tonight’s matchup: With just one game remaining in the regular season after tonight, this Commonwealth District contest has significance for both squads. The Bears, who host Colonial Forge next week, need a win to have a shot at a 6A–South berth, while a victory by the Wildcats could help them secure a home game in 5A–North. Last week, Riverbend was held to just 86 yards rushing by Stafford. It was the Bears’ third loss in a row since opening with five wins. Mountain View’s defense forced four turnovers and the Wildcats used them as a springboard to a win at Colonial Forge. DB Jalen Hill’s interception sealed the deal in the final minute.

EASTERN VIEW (7–1) at CULPEPER (3–6), 7

Last meeting: QB Brandon Settle scored three times to spark the Cyclones to a 21–14 comeback victory last season.

Last week: Eastern View gave up 35 points in the second half and lost for the time this year at Liberty, 42–14. Culpeper’s 29–6 loss to Fauquier was its third in a row.

Tonight’s matchup: After falling from the unbeaten ranks last week, the Cyclones get to test their mettle against their cross-town rival. A victory over the Blue Devils would improve their position considerably in the 4A–North playoff picture heading into next week’s showdown at Kettle Run. Against Liberty, they built a 14–7 lead in the second half on a touchdown run by Kendrick Kube, but then surrendered 35 unanswered points. Culpeper didn’t fare much better against Fauquier, committing six costly turnovers. A loss tonight ends the Blue Devils’ season. A win keeps their slim chances of a 3A–East playoff berth alive.

CAROLINE (3–5) at KING GEORGE (6–2), 7

Last meeting: The Foxes’ aerial attack produced three touchdowns to help ignite a 42–21 victory last year.

Last week: Caroline was deadlocked with James Monroe at the half, but ended up losing, 35–7. King George trailed from start to finish in a 35–7 defeat at Courtland.

Tonight’s matchup: The Cavaliers and Foxes renew their rivalry with plenty on the line in this Battlefield District matchup. The Cavaliers are still alive in the 4A–South playoff race, but need a victory to help secure a berth. Last week’s loss to the Yellow Jackets ended a rough stretch against Courtland and JM, when their defense gave up a combined 90 points. After tonight, they close the regular season at Spotsylvania. King George still has hopes of hosting a playoff game, but will need to take care of business against the Cavaliers. At Courtland, the Foxes gave up 28 straight points and never really got their single-wing offense in gear. King George hosts Chancellor in its final regular-season game next week.

 

Also today . . .

BROOKE POINT (2–6) at NORTH STAFFORD (7–2), 7

The Black–Hawks return from their bye week in need of a victory to help keep their slim 5A–North playoff hopes alive. It won’t be easy against the talented Wolverines, who lost a 23–17 overtime thriller to unbeaten Massaponax last week after leading in the fourth quarter.

COLONIAL BEACH (4–4) at LANCASTER (3–5), 7

With thee wins in their last four games, the Drifters are knocking on the door of the 1A–East playoffs. Tonight, they’ll try and keep that momentum going against the Red Devils, who were throttled by Essex last week, 51–18. Nine players scored points in the Drifters’ 71–6 rout of Northumberland on the same night.

COLONIAL FORGE (5–3) at STAFFORD (1–7), 7

The Eagles visit the Indians after having their three-game winning streak halted by Mountain View, 24–21. Four turnovers were costly, including an interception of QB Damen Daniel in the final minute. Meanwhile, the Indians used a physical running game led by Zevin Holley to defeat Riverbend and capture their first victory of the season.

COURTLAND (6–2) at CHANCELLOR (1–7), 7

The Cougars go for their seventh straight win against the struggling Chargers, who have lost three in a row, including last week’s 14–12 setback at Spotsylvania. FB Anton Jenkins was a one-man wrecking crew for Courtland against King George, rambling for 156 yards and five touchdowns to power the Cougars to a 35–7 victory.

FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (6–2) at PAUL VI (2–7), 7

The Eagles close out their regular season with a trip to Fairfax to face the Panthers. Last week, they pulled out a crucial 15–8 VISAA Division III victory at Atlantic Shores Christian to stay in the hunt for a state playoff berth. QB Josh Nowacki’s 54-yard touchdown strike to Josh Hill in the fourth quarter cemented the win after the FCS defense had forced four turnovers.

LOUISA (3–5) at ALBEMARLE (5–3), 7

With just two games left, the Lions are in a dogfight with three other teams for the final 4A–North playoff berth. Last week, they kept pace with a 42–28 win over Orange. Three Lions rushed for more than 100 yards. QB Trey Cherry set the pace with 227 yards on 35 carries. Albemarle edged Monticello, 21–20, for its third straight victory last week.

MONTICELLO (7–1) at ORANGE (1–7), 7:30

The Hornets conclude their season with a two-game homestand, starting with the Mustangs tonight. Last week, RB Mikael Wallace ran for two touchdowns and QB Garrett Johnson connected with RB Isaiah Ferguson for a scoring pass, but Orange lost a 42–28 shootout to Louisa. Monticello’s one-point loss to Albemarle last week was its first of the season.

SPOTSYLVANIA (3–5) at JAMES MONROE (5–3), 7:30

The Yellow Jackets look to nail down a home game in the 3A–East playoffs after storming past Caroline last week, 35–7. QB Jay Scroggins and WR Jarmal Bevels hooked up for a pair of touchdown passes, as JM lit up the scoreboard for 28 unanswered points in the second half. The Knights improved their position by defeating Chancellor for the first time in six years, 14–12.

 

Saturday’s game

WASHINGTON & LEE (5–3) at ESSEX (7–1), 1

The two longtime Northern Neck District rivals are both riding winning streaks heading into this clash for first place. The Trojans are unbeaten and averaging 48 points per game after losing at JM four weeks ago. The Eagles have posted four victories in a row, including last week’s 30–7 win over Rappahannock that kept them in the race for a home game in the 1A–East playoffs.

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