Football Preview

Published 8:54 am Thursday, October 20, 2016


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last season: R-H 56, Prince Edward 46

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Coach’s game notes: The Eagles would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, and their focus is to finish the regular season with a winning record as they continue to take on longtime rivals.

Tired out after playing two games in one week, the Eagles are still trying to get healthy.

Focusing on the basics in practice like tackling and blocking, they will look to defend against a strong Statesmen backfield featuring three or four players who can run the football well.

When on offense, the Eagles will look to stay balanced as much as possible.


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last season: North Cross 40, Fuqua 12

Coach’s game notes: The Falcons’ wins and strength of schedule virtually guarantee they will be in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state playoffs, and they enter Friday’s game against the Raiders with confidence that they can play with anybody after holding their own against another elite opponent, Atlantic Shores.

The Raiders are similar to the Seahawks, running their quarterback less overall. Instead, he throws well to four strong wideouts and is aided by a running game featuring a quick, 200-pound tailback. Defensively, the Raiders are soft up the middle and athletic on the edge.ATLANTIC SHORES (6-1) AT CUMBERLAND (1-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: The Dukes are preparing for a team that scores a lot, as the Seahawks have averaged 41.1 points per game this season. However, it has been difficult for the Dukes to get started because of a new batch of injuries. In addition to the key players already out, quarterback Brandon Leabough, running back De’Suan Jennings and wide receiver James Booker may be new entries on the list.

The Seahawks are an almost exclusively spread team on offense, and they like to run the zone read. They have a small, hard-running tailback and a quarterback that runs and throws the ball fairly well.

The Dukes will need to run the ball well.