High School Football Preview Capsules
MOUNTAIN VIEW (4-0) at MASSAPONAX (1-2), 7
Last meeting: Mountain View defeated Massaponax 30-20 on September 24, 2021.
Last week: Mountain View beat James Monroe 62-0; Massaponax lost to Woodbridge 27-14.
Tonight’s game: This is the Commonwealth District opener for both teams. … The Wildcats have blanked each of their last three opponents, but the challenge will be great against the Panthers’ three-option attack, even if Massaponax lacks experience. … With two interception returns last week against James Monroe, Mountain View’s defense has now scored more touchdowns (three) than it allowed (two). … Senior RB Ike Daniels threw for 204 all-purpose yards against Massaponax last year and scored twice, including on an 88-yard screen pass from Jackson Sigler. Daniels had four touchdowns on six touches last week against JM.
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COLONIAL FORGE (1-2) at STAFFORD (3-1), 7
Last meeting: Colonial Forge defeated Stafford 49-0 on September 24, 2021.
Last week: Colonial Forge lost to Stone Bridge 20-14; Stafford defeated Spotsylvania 44-41.
Tonight’s game: After off to their best start since winning the Region 5D title in 2017, the Indians take a big step up in the competition in the opener of the Commonwealth for both teams. The Eagles have won the teams’ last 10 meetings by an average margin of 32 points. … Aidan McConnell led Stafford’s frantic comeback from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit against Spotsylvania last week, throwing three TD passes and running for a score in the final period. … The points may not be so easy against the Eagles, who lost two heartbreakers 20-14 to state powerhouses Tuscarora and Stone Bridge. Sophomore QB Eli Taylor has throws for 398 yards and four touchdowns in two starts. … The Eagles will try to advance RB Donte Hawthorne after Stone Bridge held him to 23 yards last week.
KING WILLIAM (3-1) at WESTMORELAND (2-1), 7
Last meeting: King William beat Westmoreland 58-19 on September 24, 2021.
Last week: King William beat Caroline 10-6; Westmoreland lost to King George 62-0.
Tonight’s game: Recovering from last week’s home thrashing by King George won’t be easy for the Eagles as the defending VHSL Class 2 champions come to visit. Cavaliers QB Kaleb Shelton rushed for 41 yards and a TD and passed for 79 yards in a defensive slugfest against Carolina last week. … Westmoreland will try to pass the ball to Jordan Saunders after catching just two passes and running once against King George last week. He had scored two touchdowns in each of the Eagles’ first two games.
STAFFORD NORTH (0-4) at RIVERBEND (3-1), 7
A perfect 11 for 11 assists last week, Tanner Triplett and the Bears look to keep rolling in their Commonwealth District opener against the struggling Wolverines offense, which hasn’t scored more than a TD in a game this season.
JAMES MONROE (1-2) at KING GEORGE (2-0), 7
Showing no rust after a two-week layoff, the Foxes drilled Westmoreland 62-0 last week. In view of their 17th straight victory in the Battlefield District, they take on a Yellow Jackets team they beat 41-7 a year ago. Zach Ferguson threw three TD passes and ran for two scores in this game.
VIEW EAST (3-1) at CHANCELLOR (0-3), 7
After suffering their first loss last week to Brooke Point, the Cyclones are looking to regroup in their Battlefield opener against the Chargers, who have managed just six points in three games.
SPOTSYLVANIA (1-2) at COURTLAND (0-3), 7
Both teams will look to shore up defenses that gave up 44 points and over 400 yards last week. Knights RB Johned Benton and Cougars WR Kwame Whitaker look like they’re having big games.
CULPEPER (1-3) at CAROLINE (1-2), 7
Coming off their second narrow loss in three outings, the Cavaliers are hoping to end a 17-game Battlefield District losing streak against a Culpeper defense that allows 39 points per game.
CHARLOTTESVILLE (0-4) at LOUISA (4-0), 7:30 a.m.
Averaging over 400 yards and nearly 50 points per game, the Lions are looking to keep rolling in their Jefferson District opener against the winless Black Knights.
COLONIAL BEACH (0-3) at CENTRAL-WOODSTOCK (4-0), 7
After allowing an average of 41 points in their first three games, the Drifters are preparing for a central team that is averaging nearly 35 points per game.
FREDERICKSBURG CHRISTIAN (3-0) at MILITARY HARGRAVE (1-3), 5
QB Drake Morris has already broken his own school season record with 19 TD assists so far and will be looking for more against a struggling Hargrave defense.