Football preview

Published 11:48 am Thursday, September 7, 2017


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: P. Edward 41, Cumberland 13

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Coach’s game notes: The Dukes, thanks to their bye last week, have had two weeks to get ready for this contest, which is like a backyard football game since the teams essentially share a backyard. The players know each other, deepening the significance of the rivalry.

The Dukes have taken note of Prince Edward’s overall quality as a good team, having earned wins against against two teams — King William and Altavista — that are historically good.

The Eagles’ guards have drawn Cumberland’s attention due to their strong and active play. Against Altavista, James Morgan and Alex Hardy played as offensive guards.

The Dukes also plan to focus on Prince Edward’s running back corps, which includes Rahme Marshall and J’Sean Dupuy.

Understanding that the Dukes will always have athletes, the Eagles have acknowledged some decent speed that Cumberland has demonstrated. Proving particularly impressive has been junior Ziahir Berry.

Additionally, quarterback Darius Kyle has drawn respect for his ability to throw the football, and the line opened up some holes against Charles City for running back Darron Ridley, who showed he is strong at his position as well.

Both teams expect to be healthy.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: The Falcons have not played Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (BSH) for several years, but the chance to prove they are still a strong team has helped them prepare for the Knights, who might be looking at Fuqua as weaker after graduating a significant group of seniors.

Knights showing strength include running back Dion Butler and wide receiver/running back Colby Johnson, and 6-foot 4-inch wide receiver Chris Gupton has big-play potential.

The Falcons will still be without linebacker/quarterback William French due to injury.


Kickoff: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Last season: Amelia 31, Buckingham 8

Coach’s game notes: The Knights hope summertime morning practice sessions will help them be ready for a morning game.

The Raiders will represent probably the most well-balanced offensive team Buckingham has seen so far. The Knights will aim to contain quarterback Jalen Brown, wide receiver Howard Divens Jr., tight end Ziayahn Jackson and multiple running backs.

Daniel Brickhill is expected to play some at quarterback for Buckingham, which will be without quarterbacks Gerry Toney and Tyrese Ayres and center Garrett Hafley due to injury.