Football preview — Week 4

Published 7:23 pm Thursday, September 19, 2019


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Chargers 14, Knights 7 (OT)

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Coach’s game notes: The Knights are treating this contest against the Chargers like a playoff game. Buckingham’s overtime loss to Central last year almost cost them a playoff berth, forcing them to win the last game of the season just to make the cut.

The Chargers, as usual, are solid on both sides of the ball. They run the double wing offense, which they have used for a long time, and they execute it well.

They have four players in the backfield, including the quarterback. These players include senior T’zion Wilkerson, senior Daequan Lee, senior Khalil Wood and senior Ben Anthony.

Wilkerson is also a standout on defense along with senior Kawonté Ragsdale.

The Chargers beat Bluestone 44-6 last week.


ST. MICHAEL (3-0) AT FUQUA (3-0)

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: The Falcons take on a new opponent that has not existed for long. St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School, of Fredericksburg, has been around eight to 10 years, and it started a football program a couple of years ago.

The program has already gained traction, and the team is very good. Of Fuqua’s opponents so far this season, St. Michael is most similar to Fredericksburg Christian School. The squad has only 18-19 players, but they all can play.

Leading the offense is award-winning senior quarterback Jalen Smith, who is a big-time threat both running and throwing the ball.

Junior Shymarr Wright and sophomore Melvin Spriggs serve as running backs and middle linebackers, while junior Hunter Showers is an X-factor at wide receiver and cornerback.



Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Raiders 62, Eagles 29

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles have been focused this week in practice, encouraged after earning their first win of the season last week.

They will be facing a Raiders team that has lost a few players from its formidable 2018 squad, but a pretty decent 2018 junior varsity team has helped the varsity squad remain strong this year.

A look at game film reveals that Amelia has a lot of speed, and they like to spread defenses out and use their speed to their advantage.

Senior quarterback Na-shawn Greene favors the pass, but he will run the ball as well. Senior Ahkeem Paige is a threat on the ground, and through the air, Greene likes to send deep balls to senior Elijah Marshall.

Eagles junior running back Saybien Peterson will be back from injury.



Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Bulldogs 52, Dukes 0

Coach’s game notes: The Bulldogs pose a daunting challenge to any team in the diverse James River District, which features Virginia High School League Class 3, Class 2 and Class 1 teams. The Bulldogs are the lone Class 3 squad, and the Dukes are one of the Class 1 teams.

The Bulldogs look solid this year, featuring a great deal of speed. On offense, they still run the Wing-T, and they run it really well. They like to mix up formations frequently. Everyone who touched the ball on film looked like a standout, and their offense is led by a really good quarterback in sophomore C.J. Towles. They pass the ball a lot more than they used to.

Unfortunately, the Dukes had three players, including two starters, go down with injuries last week who will not be available this week.