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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: This Week’s Game Capsules

READ MORE: Click on over and read up on the playoff breakdowns for Fredericksburg-area teams as Justin Rice fills you in on the latest.

POLL: Make sure to vote in out Fans’ Choice “Game of the Week” poll. Let us know which game you think will be the best of the night.

 

JAMES MONROE (6–3) at COURTLAND (7–2), 7

Last meeting: The Jackets rallied for a 10–7 victory last year. It was their fifth win in their last six meetings with the Cougars.

Last week: QB Jay Scroggins’ three touchdown passes sparked JM to a 45–7 win over Spotsylvania. Courtland posted its seventh straight win and first shutout at Chancellor, 34–0.

Tonight’s matchup: The two Battlefield District opponents continue their storied rivalry with plenty of incentive for victory. The Jackets can earn a share of the district title, as well as cement their hold on one of the top four seeds in the 3A–East playoffs. With hot QB Scroggins (17 touchdown passes) leading the way, JM has won three in a row and is averaging 40 points a game since losing to King George four weeks ago. The Cougars can win the district championship outright and move up in the 4A–North rankings with a win. Last week, RBs Anton Jenkins, George Cheetham

and Victor Greene all topped the 100-yard rushing mark in Courtland’s district victory over the Chargers.

 

 

COLONIAL BEACH (5–4) at WASH. & LEE (5–4), 7

Last meeting: The Drifters captured their first-ever victory over the Eagles last season, 12–0. W&L leads the all-time series between the two schools, 15–1–1.

Last week: Colonial Beach rallied for a 42–29 Northern Neck District win at Lancaster. W&L dropped a hard-fought 14–9 decision to district pacesetter Essex.

Tonight’s matchup: This Northern Neck District finale has significance for both teams in the 1A–East playoff scenario. After nearly pulling off an upset at top-ranked Essex, the ninth-ranked Eagles can secure a first-round home game with a victory. Like the Eagles, No. 11 Colonial Beach is assured of a spot in the tournament, but a win over W&L could change where they play. Last Thursday, elusive RB Lamar Lucas ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns to ignite their victory at Lancaster. The Eagles had their four-game winning steak halted at Essex, but not before they outgained the Trojans in total yards and held prolific QB Domenik Broaddus to one of his lowest outputs of the season.

 

 

 

CAROLINE (3–6) at SPOTSYLVANIA (3–6), 7

Last meeting: The Cavaliers posted a 26–22 victory last season. Caroline has beaten the Knights 10 straight times, outscoring them, 324–176.

Last week: Caroline mustered just 28 yards on the ground in a 45–14 defeat at King George. Spotsylvania fell behind JM 35–0 at the half and lost its sixth game, 45–7.

Tonight’s matchup: One-sided losses on the road didn’t help either of these teams, but both are still clinging to a shot at making the playoffs. The Cavaliers need a win for sure, and some help from two other teams, to make the 4A–South field, while No. 13 Spotsylvania could use a victory to stay in the 3A–East picture. Last week, RB Blair Lawson scored the Knights’ only touchdown in their loss at JM. Caroline QB Rasharrd Harris reached the 2,000-yard passing mark with 141 yards and a pair of scoring strikes in the Cavaliers’ loss to the Foxes. WR Keyshawn Johnson leads the area with 929 yards and 10 touchdown receptions.

 

 

Also today

 

ALBEMARLE (6–3) at ORANGE (1–8), 7:30

The Hornets conclude their season after giving powerful Monticello all it could handle in a 42–25 loss last week. DB Keith Ellis led an inspired effort by Orange’s defense that helped force seven turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Mustangs from posting 35 second-half points. RB Isaiah Ferguson scored twice to put the Hornets in front at the break, 15–7.

 

CHANCELLOR (1–8) at KING GEORGE (7–2), 7

After losing to county rival Courtland, 34–0, the Chargers try to end their season on a positive note. Meanwhile, five wins in six games have the Foxes ranked fourth in class 4A–North and positioned to host a first-round game in the playoffs. Last week, they rode a four-touchdown performance by RB/DB Jordi Estes to a convincing 45–14 victory over Caroline.

 

 

COLONIAL FORGE (6–3) at RIVERBEND (5–4), 7

With four shutouts in their last five games, the Eagles are hoping to continue that trend against QB Eric Byrd and the Bears. In last week’s 32–0 win over Stafford, they limited the Indians to 67 total yards. QB Damen Daniel fueled the offense with two touchdown passes. Riverbend has lost four in a row, including last week’s 42–14 defeat at Mountain View, but a win over the Eagles keeps them in the 6A–South playoff hunt.

 

 

EASTERN VIEW (8–1) at KETTLE RUN (6–3), 7

The Cyclones and Cougars are both playoff bound, and they should get a good tune-up in tonight’s final Evergreen District contest. Eastern View rolled past Culpeper last week with a versatile offense and some big plays by its special teams. RB Kendrick Kube (three touchdown runs) and QB Josh Stallings (two touchdown passes) sparked the point production.

 

 

MASSAPONAX (9–0) at BROOKE POINT (2–7), 7

Having locked up the top seed in 5A–North, the Panthers try to become the third team in school history to post a perfect regular season. Two weeks ago they won their ninth straight with a

23–17 victory over North Stafford in overtime. Injured FB Javonte Latney had two clutch scoring runs, but may rest tonight. The Black–Hawks’ playoff hopes took a big hit with last week’s 37–13 loss to the Wolverines, but a win tonight keeps them alive.

 

 

STAFFORD (1–8) at MOUNTAIN VIEW (6–3), 7

The Wildcats aim for their fourth victory in a row and try to secure the sixth seed in the 5A–North playoffs. QB Elijah Burress passed for 230 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 42–14 win over Riverbend. WR Quinton Gray had 11 catches for 216 yards and RB Gordon Collins added 117 yards and three scores on the ground.

 

 

MONTICELLO (7–1) at LOUISA (3–6), 7:30

The Lions have faded in the 4A–North playoff race, but a victory tonight puts them back in the mix. In last week’s 21–0 loss at Albemarle, they got another workhorse performance from QB Trey Cherry, who ran for 142 yards on 24 carries. The Mustangs are averaging 43 points per contest under coach Jeff Woody.

 

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

 

VISAA DIVISION III SEMIFINALS

 

FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (6–3) at VIRGINIA EPISCOPAL (7–1), 1

Coach Tim Coleman’s Eagles begin the playoffs in Lynchburg with a rematch against the team that defeated them in last year’s Division III championship game. The Bishops have won three straight and are led by all-purpose RB Ronnie Stringfield. The Eagles can counter with a potent trio of QB Josh Nowacki, FB James Plourde and WB Josh Hill. The winner of this semifinal game meets either Fishburne Military School or North Cross School for the Division III state title.

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