Football preview

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Buckingham (1-3) at Central (L) (3-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last season: Buckingham 70, Central 27
Coach’s game notes: The Knights have experienced a return to health, with nobody out due to injury, and they are aiming to build on their first win of the season last week by tackling an ambitious bit of preparation for the Chargers. The Knights are trying to simulate the single wing offense that Central has been running successfully for some time. The Chargers have patient runners that know how to extend plays.

Additionally, the Knights have struggled defending against the pass and are working to be ready in case Central switches things up, attacking through the air.


Hampton Roads Academy (0-3) at Fuqua (2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last season: Fuqua 14, HRA 6

Coach’s game notes: The Falcons find themselves in good shape health-wise entering Friday’s game, and having scored 116 points through two games, they are not installing anything significantly different on offense. However, they are working on cleaning up their performance further and giving younger players more reps to expand the range of potential ball-carriers.

The Navigators rely heavily on their passing game and have a key receiver who has been out due to injury who may be healthy enough to return. They also have a good tailback and a quarterback who can escape the pocket at will.


Amelia (1-2) at Cumberland (1-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last season: Amelia 35, Cumberland 14
Coach’s game notes: Coming off their first win of the season last week, the Dukes are keeping their preparation largely the same. They will be using their jumbo formation Friday, operating as a power running team for the most part, with Jamie Trent at tailback.

The Dukes will have linebacker Raheem Rumsey back from a concussion but will likely be without wide receiver/cornerback/kicker James Booker due to illness.

The Raiders look solid across the board. They have a good quarterback who throws the ball well, and they are aggressive on defense, loading the box.


Prince Edward (1-3) at Bluestone (2-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last season: Prince Edward 26, Bluestone 24
Coach’s game notes: The Eagles have been working on improving ball security, their run game, their pass game, and they have made a concerted effort to restore their defensive identity from the first two weeks of the season when they were aggressive and attacking on defense.

They remain injury-plagued and will be without starting defensive lineman Alex Hardy due to an upper body injury.

The Barons are fairly balanced on offense, but a lot of their explosive plays come out of the passing game, which features athletic senior quarterback Tevarius Brooks and a solid receiving corps.