Week 8 of the 2019 high school football season has arrived, and there’s a full slate of games involving area teams tonight.
(7 p.m. kickoff, unless noted)
FAUQUIER (3-3 overall, 1-2 Class 4 Northwestern District) at CULPEPER COUNTY (1-5, 0-3)
Last meeting: Fauquier won 45-22 in 2016. The Falcons lead the all-time series 24-17-2.
Last week: Fauquier defeated Kettle Run 21-7; Culpeper County lost 28-21 at James Wood.
Tonight’s game: Two neighboring county rivals renew their series as members of the Class 4 Northwestern District.
Fauquier’s 3-3 record thus far represents a marked improvement from the last two seasons, where the Falcons went a combined 2-18. In last week’s 21-7 victory over visiting Kettle Run, Nick Shadyac rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while quarterback J.T. Diehl connected on a 27-yard scoring pass to Cameron Swift. Logan Railey chipped in a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown as well. The win was Fauquier’s first over Kettle Run since 2012, and it snapped a 19-game losing streak against Fauquier County opponents.
Meanwhile, Culpeper County rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit but came up just short in a 28-21 loss at James Wood. Cam Lacy ran for 119 yards on 19 carries for the Blue Devils, while Austin Lentz added 104 yards and two scores on 15 attempts. Quarterback JoJo Crenshaw also threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 27-yard strike to Dejour McCray. McCray finished the night with three receptions for 71 yards.
Culpeper County Statistical Leaders
Passing: JoJo Crenshaw 26-56 (46.4%), 273 yards, TD, 9 INTs
Rushing: Riley Harrison 81-525 (6.5 avg), TD; Austin Lentz 61-346 (5.7), 4 TDs; Dejour McCray 24-249 (10.4), TD
Receiving: Armani Hoffman 13-188 (14.5); Dejour McCray 7-80 (11.4), TD; Ozzy Reindorf-Malm 6-75 (12.5)
Tackles: Riley Harrison 45; Joe Holland 36; Ozzy Reindorf-Malm 31; Armani Hoffman 30; Gabe Barros 29
Sacks: Riley Harrison 2; Kam Buckhanan 2
Interceptions: Austin Lentz 2; five others tied with 1 each
Kicking: Gabe Barros 9-9 XP, 1-2 FG (long 30)
Punting: Joe Holland 10-36.8
LOUISA COUNTY (6-0) at KETTLE RUN (0-6)
Last meeting: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Last week: Louisa County won 55-14 at Monticello. Kettle Run lost 21-7 at Fauquier.
Tonight’s game: What looked like a potential marquee late-season nondistrict clash when the VHSL master schedule was released over the summer has turned into a lopsided matchup on paper.
Louisa County is on a roll at 6-0 this season, and the Lions appear to be well on their way to a third consecutive unbeaten campaign. In last week’s 55-14 shellacking of host Monticello, freshman quarterback Landon Wilson passed for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added a 12-yard scoring run for the Lions. His touchdown passes covered 35 and 42 yards to Xavien Hunter and Alex Washington, respectively. Jarett Hunter rushed for 57 yards and two scores, bringing his season totals in those categories to team-highs of 656 yards and 11 touchdowns. Kalup Shelton has added nearly 400 yards and five scores on the ground, while Robert Morgan IV has 300 yards and nine touchdowns of his own.
Kettle Run got a 3-yard touchdown scamper from Darian Lambert in its 21-7 setback at Fauquier, while Jacob Osteros snagged an interception from his linebacker spot on defense. The Cougars’ 0-6 start is their worst since 2008, when they finished 0-10 in the school’s first season.
JAMES WOOD (5-1 overall, 2-1 Class 4 Northwestern District) at LIBERTY (6-0, 3-0)
Last meeting: Liberty won 32-23 last season. The Eagles lead the all-time series 12-1.
Last week: James Wood defeated Culpeper County 28-21; Liberty won 20-13 at Sherando.
Tonight’s game: Two of the top teams in the Class 4 Northwestern District butt heads in Bealeton.
James Wood quarterback Carson Hoberg completed 13 of 20 passes for 141 yards in last week’s 28-21 victory over visiting Culpeper County, with William Crowder hauling in seven of those balls for 73 yards. Sam Adkins rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and picked off a pair of passes on defense, while Joey Vitola added a 1-yard scoring run, blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
Liberty rallied from a 13-6 halftime deficit to pull off a hard-fought 20-13 win at Sherando. Eagles quarterback Dylan Bailey completed 16 of 31 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, including a 28-yarder to Justin Lawson that cut the Warriors’ advantage to 13-12 early in the third quarter. Tre’Von White’s 27-yard touchdown run and Mason Gay’s two-point conversion scamper gave Liberty the lead with 6:52 remaining in the third period.
STRASBURG (5-1 overall, 2-1 Bull Run District) at MADISON COUNTY (0-6, 0-3)
Last meeting: Strasburg won 42-6 last season. The all-time series is tied 19-19.
Last week: Strasburg defeated East Rockingham 39-6; Madison County lost 30-27 at Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg.
Tonight’s game: Strasburg rolls into Madison to face a struggling Mountaineers team still in search of its first win of the season.
Last week, Strasburg ran away from visiting East Rockingham 3906 behind strong performances from Chase Hart and Trevor Sager. Hart, a William and Mary commit, completed 3 of 4 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and intercepted two passes on defense—one of which he returned 88 yards for a score. Meanwhile, Sager racked up 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground and added a 29-yard scoring pass on a halfback option play. Trey Stinnette caught both of the Rams’ touchdown passes and finished with 73 yards on four receptions.
Despite three touchdown passes from quarterback Jeremey Fox, Madison County fell 30-27 on the road at Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg. Two of Fox’s scoring strikes came in the first half, as the Mountaineers took a 14-8 lead into intermission. The first was a 10-yarder to Hugh Wingate, while the second went for 46 yards to Jack Bourdoun. Fox connected with Khalid West for a 33-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, and Jordan Morris added a 2-yard scoring scamper in the fourth for Madison.
MONTICELLO (1-6 overall, 1-2 Jefferson District) at ORANGE COUNTY (2-5, 2-1)
Last meeting: Monticello won 35-14 last season. The Mustangs lead the all-time series 12-6.
Last week: Monticello lost 55-14 to Louisa County; Orange County won 41-14 at Charlottesville.
Tonight’s game: Orange County, which has won two of its past three games after an 0-4 start, looks to continue its momentum against a struggling Monticello squad.
In last week’s 55-14 loss to visiting Louisa County, Monticello quarterback Malachi Fields rushed for a 54-yard touchdown and completed 8 of 16 passes for 83 yards and an interception. Fields has amassed more than 1,200 yards of offense and is responsible for 17 total touchdowns for the Mustangs this season.
Meanwhile, Jaylen Alexander rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lead Orange County to a 41-14 win at Charlottesville. Alexander scored on runs of 18, 54 and 45 yards to pace the Hornets’ offense, while Chance Williams rumbled 63 yards for a score after intercepting a Charlottesville lateral. Alexander enters tonight’s game just 64 yards shy of eclipsing the 5,000-yard rushing plateau in his career and 104 yards shy of topping the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth season in a row.
LURAY (5-1 overall, 3-0 Bull Run District) at RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (1-5, 0-3)
Last meeting: Luray won 21-14 in 2007. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 3-0.
Last week: Luray defeated Clarke County 35-34; Rappahannock County lost 56-0 at Page County.
Tonight’s game: Bull Run district frontrunner Luray visits last-place Rappahannock County.
Last week, Luray overcame an early 13-0 deficit to top visiting Clarke County 35-34. The Bulldogs churned out 453 yards on the ground in the victory.
Rappahannock lost 56-0 at Page County, and the Panthers have now been outscored 207-7 during a four-game losing streak.