Football preview — Week 9

Published 5:39 pm Friday, October 25, 2019


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Chargers 43, Falcons 26

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Coach’s game notes: The Falcons enter this game after productive bye week that came about as a result of Randolph-Macon Academy needing to forfeit the game. This gave Fuqua its eighth win of the season in the official rankings.

The Falcons used the week off to get back to the basics, focusing on the fundamentals in practice and getting illness out of their system.

The Chargers do not trade game film, so scouting them as been a bit of a challenge, but they have several standouts on offense to look out for, including senior tight end Odin Bristol, senior running back Zack Stroud and junior running back Colby Williams. Sophomore running back J.T. Taylor is also a solid contributor.

On defense, Bristol and junior Kody Kosiorek are tall, rangy players filling the middle linebacker roles, and the Falcons offense must be able to work around them.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Barons 28, Eagles 14

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles are preparing to take on a Barons team that has two primary standouts on offense.

Senior wide receiver Michael Harris is used in a variety of ways by Bluestone coaches. He is featured as a deep threat on passes, and he also may pop up in the backfield, taking the snap for sweeps.

The team’s quarterback is senior Larry Bullock, who is also a solid athlete.

Shining on defense for Bluestone is senior Neil Clayton Jr. at the middle linebacker position, and he also contributes on offense as a running back.

The Eagles have had to shift players into new roles as they work to finish the 2019 regular season strong. Junior Saybien Peterson is stepping up into the feature back role on offense, and senior Ron McCargo is showing himself capable of stepping into a key linebacker role on defense.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Statesmen 46, Dukes 6

Coach’s game notes: The Dukes had a solid bye week that they used to help players recover from nagging injuries.

They now take to the road to play the winless Statesmen, but their record should not be taken at face value. They are a good team that has experienced some tough breaks this season.

Randolph-Henry has some good size up front and should prove to be a fairly even matchup against Cumberland.

Key weapons on offense for the Statesmen include junior running back Tyshaundre Walton, who is undersized but shifty and hard to tackle. Randolph-Henry also likes to get the ball to a tall tight end — sophomore Chris Redd.

On defense, the entire Statesmen line stands out, led by senior R.J. Bullock.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Raiders 22, Knights 15

Coach’s game notes: The Knights will be facing a Raiders squad that has a balanced offensive attack, and they are good at both running and throwing the ball.

Powering them in the run game are senior slotback Jaelen Thompkins and senior running back Elijah Marshall.

Amelia has two or three good receivers to go to when its wants to pass. The group is highlighted by sophomore wideout Quantae Jackson.

Helping facilitate both the run and the pass game for the Raiders is all-district left tackle Seth Hawkins, who is a 6-foot-3-inch 278-pound senior.

The Raiders had senior Na-shawn Greene at quarterback earlier in the season, but they recently switched to playing sophomore Antonio Harris in that role.

The Knights come into this contest healthy and looking to continue their win streak.