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Football preview — Week 5


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last regular season: Chargers 48, Dukes 6

Region 1B playoffs: Chargers 35, Dukes 0

Coach’s game notes: After having to take on a Virginia High School League Class 3 opponent in Goochland High School and Class 2 opponents in Chatham and Nottoway high school, the Dukes are looking forward to playing another fellow Class 1 foe, though they know it will not be an easy one. They expect to get back their injured starters and aim to be competitive.

The Chargers are really big and strong on the line and at the fullback position, with senior Daequan Lee. They are aggressive on defense, run the ball hard on offense and are clearly well-coached. Their lead player is senior running back/linebacker T’zion Wilkerson. They have depth, though, because when he went out for a break, they did not miss a beat. Senior quarterback Ben Anthony is also a good athlete.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Falcons 43, Patriots 42

Coach’s game notes: The Falcons held the Patriots off in dramatic fashion last year, and Fuqua is prepared for Portsmouth Christian to treat this game like a revenge opportunity.

The Patriots are going to try to pound the ball forward on offense with their run game to open up passing opportunities. They will do this by feeding their best ball carriers, who include junior Brunye Thomas and junior Taijon Yorkshire.

Their quarterback is senior Alex Green, an all-state second-team selection last year. He runs the ball pretty decently, and he also throws well. When the Patriots start passing, he targets, senior Chase Stoneman, Yorkshire and sophomore Jeremy Sheppard Jr.

On defense, the Patriots feature six or more players in the box. Thomas is a standout.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Knights 28, Barons 7

Coach’s game notes: The Barons graduated a lot of players following last season, which has altered how they have done things on offense thus far this season. They have gone to more of a Wing-T set, but it is unclear if they will stay in that or go back to spreading the ball around.

They been a run-heavy offense this year, but they throw the ball deep pretty well, trying to get it to 6-foot-5-inch senior wide receiver Michael Harris and a couple of other receivers.

The Barons’ quarterback is senior Larry Bullock, and he is pretty quick.

Their offense overall is marked by the presence of some good skill players.

On defense, Bluestone is led by senior Neil Clayton Jr., an all-district linebacker.

The Knights come into this game healthy.