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Football preview

PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN (1-3) AT FUQUA (1-4)

Kickoff: Monday, 6 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: The Patriots come into this game with a record that does much to conceal their level of quality as a team. They have played some outstanding opponents, including Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Fredericksburg Christian School and Isle of Wight Academy, the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 schools in Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II, respectively.

Portsmouth Christian does a little bit of everything on offense, showing a variety of looks. The Patriots are not great at any of them, but they are not bad at any of them either. Senior tailback Theo Wheeler is excellent, and the team also benefits from contributions from senior Chris Locklear and senior Trey Eaves.

The Falcons will press on without sophomore quarterback Luke Gee, who injured his leg and is expected to be out for six weeks.

On the plus side, the Falcons will not have to deal with the distraction of football-related Homecoming festivities until Friday, Oct. 19, a change that came about due to the rescheduling brought on by Tropical Storm Michael.

CUMBERLAND (0-5) AT BUCKINGHAM (2-4)

Kickoff: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Last season: Knights 84, Dukes 21

Coach’s game notes: The Battle of Route 60 will always feature a really solid defense from the Knights, and this year, Buckingham is led on defense by senior linebacker Quantarius Stanton and junior linebacker Walter Edwards.

Edwards is dangerous on offense as well, and as much as possible, the Dukes will work to keep the ball out of the hands of senior kick returner/ wide receiver Deshawn Bartee, who has proven be a consistent big-play threat.

The Knights look to be without sophomore quarterback Gerry Toney for the rest of the season, but they are otherwise fairly healthy and rested.

The Dukes, on the other hand, are plagued tremendously by injury, lacking some of their foremost standouts. The injury list includes senior Christian Jackson and junior Wyshawn Gilliam, star linemen out for the season.

The Knights will need to remain vigilant, though, looking to limit and put pressure on Dukes sophomore quarterback Ramir Parker and sophomore tailback Vincent Harris Jr. Senior playmaker Ziahir Berry is expected to be back, but he will have a hard cast on his hand, and it is unclear how much he will play.

PRINCE EDWARD (3-3) AT CENTRAL LUNENBURG (4-3)

Kickoff: Monday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Chargers 87, Eagles 46

Game notes: Both teams will be looking for redemption on the defensive side of the ball after a 2017 Friday the 13th showdown that produced a score more closely resembling a basketball game than football.

The Chargers are known for their trademark offensive attack that heavily features the run and is notoriously hard to stop. The Eagles must be assignment sound, with defenders focusing on their own job and trusting their teammates to do the same.

Key players Central has been using this year in its rushing attack include T’zion Wilkerson, Darien Jones, Daquan Lee and Khalil Wood.

On defense, the Chargers have multiple standouts, including Geontra Ragsdale, Ben Anthony, Trey Patterson III and Jackson Dalton.