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Football preview — Week 3

GOOCHLAND (0-1) AT BUCKINGHAM (1-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Bulldogs 21, Knights 8

Coach’s game notes: The Knights enter their second game of the season coming off a productive bye week that followed their sensational season-opening 27-6 home victory over perennial state championship contender Appomattox County High School.

The Bulldogs are characteristically strong, now a team operating at the Virginia High School League Class 3 level, a class higher than the Knights. Goochland has three all-state players returning from last year, including senior slot receiver/defensive back Devin McCray, senior guard Connor Duncan and senior linebacker Kindrick Braxton.

Leading the Bulldogs’ offense at quarterback is sophomore C.J. Towles. Goochland features good skill players, a solid offensive line, and defensively, all of the Bulldogs do their jobs and get to the ball.

ATLANTIC SHORES CHRISTIAN (3-0) AT FUQUA (2-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Seahawks 33, Falcons 20

Coach’s game notes: The Seahawks look to be the Falcons’ strongest challenge yet this year. Atlantic Shores played a pretty decent Isle of Wight Academy team, winning 19-13 at home, and they defeated Hargrave Military Academy 43-0 at home and Norfolk Christian School 45-15 on the road.

The Seahawks spread defenses out and throw the ball around a lot. They are expected to throw it around even more this year than they have in the past. They have three or four really good receivers. Their quarterback can throw a good ball as well. They will move you around by formation and pick on your weaknesses.

Senior quarterback Chase Larmon also does quite well running the ball. When he throws, one of his primary targets is senior tight end/slot receiver Jaden Lance. The other key slot receiver for Atlantic Shores is senior Chaequan Boyd.

NOTTOWAY (1-1) AT CUMBERLAND (0-2)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Cougars 42, Dukes 12

Coach’s game notes: Both the Cougars and the Dukes are coming into this game with less-than-ideal prep time. Due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the Dukes did not play their second game until Monday, and the Cougars did not play until Tuesday. However, the unusual scheduling did allow scouting of the Cougars in person, as well as by film.

The Cougars defeated Greensville County High School 6-0 in a stiff defensive battle Tuesday, revealing little about their offensive capabilities, but they will run the ball right at you.

It was obvious that they were disciplined and well-coached.

Defensively, all of their players are good, and they all swarm to the ball. Leading them on that side of the ball is senior middle linebacker Brandon Lawson.

PRINCE EDWARD (0-2) AT RANDOLPH-HENRY (0-2)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Eagles 56, Statesmen 12

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles will travel to Charlotte County this Friday to take on Statesmen during their Hall of Fame weekend.

The Statesmen have been struggling in similar ways to the Eagles so far this year, but both teams have shown strengths.

Randolph-Henry often works out of a double-wing offense, and the Eagles will need to slow it down and also contain the Statesmen receivers.

The Statesmen are big up front and they have some speed. Key ball carriers include junior Ryetwan Callaham and junior Tyshaundre Walton.

Also shining in Randolph-Henry’s most recent game was junior quarterback Peter Jones, who has some tall targets to throw to this year.

Standing out on the lines are sophomore Isaiah Brown and junior Trenton Dodd.