Football preview — Week 6

Published 8:11 pm Thursday, October 3, 2019


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Barons 22, Dukes 0

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Coach’s game notes: The Barons are similar to the Dukes this year in that they are not a bad group of players, but things just have not gone their way. Through three games, the Barons have also scored only 12 points.

However, Bluestone regained a key player last week against Buckingham — 6-foot-5-inch senior wide receiver Michael Harris, a returning player from last year. With him, the Barons switched from running the Wing-T to spreading out and trying to get him the ball in any way possible. They will line up in a spread, snap the ball directly to him, put him out wide, etc.

Bluestone has a lot of good athletes, including senior quarterback Larry Bullock, who has a really strong arm. The Barons are also quite aggressive on defense.

The Dukes hope to get two injured players back but will be without a defensive starter.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Cougars 33, Eagles 13

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles enter this game coming off a productive bye week that included a good string of practices. Aside from some bumps and bruises sustained in practice, Prince Edward is healthy and will have junior running back Saybien Peterson back full time.

The Cougars look to be in the running for the title of Best Team in the District along with Goochland and Buckingham. They are fresh off a 31-20 road win over Amelia. They are fundamentally sound and have a pretty good front line that is sizable, athletic and strong in technique.

Nottoway runs with power, led by sophomore Aymon Rhodes, freshman Tyler Banks and senior Jordan Hurte.

The Cougars run the veer-type offense, but they run it out of the shotgun formation, with Banks, the 6-foot-3-inch quarterback, staying in that formation.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: The Knights take on a new opponent this week in the form of the undefeated Indians, who appear to be a large Virginia High School League Class 1 team with 40 players on their roster. Eighteen of those players are seniors.

On offense, Northumberland throws and runs the ball almost 50/50. The Indians are led by senior Mason Adams, an all-district quarterback from last year.

They have two good backs in the backfield: sophomore Kevin Edwards and freshman Antione Mills. The Indians also have a good group of receivers, with four or five players standing out.

On defense, Northumberland is led by two linebackers that are quite good, including junior Nicholas Mothershead, who also plays center.

The Knights have a couple players banged up that, as of Wednesday, are going to try to play.


Kickoff: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: Overall as a team, the Colonels appear on film to be young, but with the area they are located in and the kind of school Massanutten Military Academy is, they will come along quickly.

As the top-ranked team in the state for Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III, the undefeated Falcons enter this game as healthy as any team is going to be at this point in the season. They have no major injuries and are hopeful that this is a game in which they can rest some players and get some young guys onto the field.

The Colonels will feature either an I formation or a split backfield on offense. Their featured backs include senior Sam Sawyer and sophomore Keegan Norton.

Massanutten standouts on defense include sophomore middle linebacker Kai Lang and freshman athlete Sean Maertzig.