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Football preview

ISLE OF WIGHT (3-4) at FUQUA (5-2)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Falcons 41, Chargers 21

Coach’s game notes: A lot of history and a strong rivalry exists between the Falcons and Chargers, and while the Chargers are not as good as they have been in the past, if the Falcons become distracted by their own homecoming festivities, they could find themselves with a third loss.

The Chargers have a run-heavy attack, with senior Hunter Edwards providing the biggest threat. They will also run their fullback and quarterback.

Edwards plays a stand-up end on defense, helping the Chargers routinely pack the box with seven players daring you to pass.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Barons 46, Dukes 7

Coach’s game notes: The Dukes have worked this week to get their pass defense in order; the Barons like to throw the ball. Last week, the Dukes were beaten five times on deep passes, representing a rare breakdown in that area of defense and one that they can particularly not afford as they face junior quarterback Dale Sturdifen Jr. The Barons are predominantly a spread team, and Sturdifen distributes the ball well.

On defense, Bluestone is aggressive and will blitz frequently.

Dukes junior right tackle Christian Jackson will be out with an abdominal injury.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Bulldogs 41, Eagles 0

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles have entered this week hampered by injuries at key positions. The availability of junior running back Rahme Marshall and some linemen was questionable as of Wednesday morning.

The Eagles have been busy preparing, though, for the solid, well-coached Bulldogs that are defined by their consistency on both sides of the ball. On offense, they are a run-heavy team operating out of what could be called a single Wing-T system, featuring a variety of carriers led by a strong fullback.

On defense, the Bulldogs are assignment sound, hard to fool and quick to the ball.


Kickoff: Monday, 6 p.m.

Last season: Statesmen 20, Knights 0

Coach’s game notes: The Knights are aiming for their third win in a row for the first time since 2015, and they will definitely have to make sure they stay focused, not overlooking anyone. They will be looking to spoil Randolph-Henry’s Senior Night.

The Statesmen will be without star senior Tyrie Blow-Tydings, who has torn his ACL. He was their signature weapon on offense as a fullback. But since he has been out, while they still run their power formation and set, they have started spreading things out.

The Knights had no major injuries to report as of Wednesday morning.