Football preview

Published 11:18 am Thursday, September 20, 2018


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Eagles 55, Statesmen 40

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Coach’s game notes: In their last three meetings, the Eagles and Statesmen have combined to score 282 points, but this year’s game may not be a high-scoring affair.

Last year, the Eagles spoiled Randolph-Henry’s homecoming, and the Statesmen will be aiming to return the favor this time with previously demonstrated sound execution and aggressiveness.

On offense, the Statesmen have two really good tailbacks — sophomore Tyshaundre Walton and senior Treymon Roberts. They also have a strong, hard-nosed fullback in junior Danny Parrish. Sophomore quarterback Peter Jones runs Randolph-Henry’s system well.

Parrish, also a linebacker, stands out on defense, along with senior linebacker Layton Payne and an aggressive line.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Chargers 47, Dukes 0

Coach’s game notes: The Dukes, who already had a bye, experienced more extended time between games after inclement weather prevented them from playing their scheduled game at Amelia earlier this week. But the break has allowed the Dukes to jell on offense and work defensively on getting off the field on third down.

The Chargers, fresh off their first win, go to the ball well on defense and run their double wing offense effectively. Stars on defense include middle linebacker Jackson Dalton and defensive tackle Garrett Williams.

On offense, Williams again stands out on the line, helping block for standout backs Daquan Lee and Darien Jones.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Cougars 21, Knights 0

Sports editor’s note: The Cougars likely have a deceiving record. Though they enter this contest on a two-game losing streak, they just played two of the best teams in Class 2 — Gretna and Goochland.

Nottoway is tough and physical up front with two good backs in the backfield, including senior all-region and all-district standout Devonte Booth and junior Jordan Hurte. The Cougars have a good quarterback in senior Cameron Reekes. Hurte also stars on defense as an inside linebacker, and Nottoway features noteworthy athleticism on the line.

Early this week it was still unknown whether Knights sophomore starting quarterback Gerry Toney would be back from injury for this homecoming game.


Kickoff: Saturday, noon

Last season: Falcons 41, Warriors 8

Sports editor’s note: The Warriors and Falcons seem to be teams in similar situations — shorthanded and lacking in experienced senior players.

Like the Falcons, the Warriors have only four seniors this year, according to their roster listing on That roster also features only 17 players.

Fuqua is increasingly shorthanded, as junior starting quarterback Elijah Warner has been limited to playing defense due to injury, and sophomore quarterback Maureon Tisdale-Couch, also a standout on defense and special teams, went down Tuesday with a season-ending shoulder injury.

The Warriors line up in a three-back set, and this will ask a lot of Falcons defenders inside the box.