Week 10 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)
KETTLE RUN (0-8 overall, 0-5 Class 4 Northwestern District) at CULPEPER COUNTY (1-7, 0-5)
Last meeting: Kettle Run won 41-0 last season. The Cougars lead the all-time series 4-1.
Last week: Kettle Run lost 28-21 at Handley; Culpeper County lost 52-12 at Sherando.
Tonight's game: Two teams in search of their first district win lock horns in this game.
Kettle Run took it to host Handley last Saturday, outgaining the Judges 331-254, but three drives that ended inside the Handley 35-yard line without points kept the Cougars from earning their first victory of the season. Darian Lambert scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run, while quarterback Elijah Chumley added a 2-yard scoring run and a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Tapscott.
Meanwhile, Culpeper County fell behind 24-0 in the first quarter and never recovered at Sherando last Friday night. Quarterback JoJo Crenshaw passed for 176 yards and a score, with Dejour McCray hauling in that touchdown on his way to five receptions for 75 yards on the night. Riley Harrison added 72 yards rushing for the Blue Devils, while Austin Lentz contributed 59 yards and a score.
Culpeper County Statistical Leaders
Passing: JoJo Crenshaw 53-107-14 (49.5%), 586 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Riley Harrison 100-587 (5.9 avg), TD; Austin Lentz 76-400 (5.3), 6 TDs; Dejour McCray28-289 (10.3), TD
Receiving: Armani Hoffman 16-245 (15.3); Dejour McCray 20-236 (11.8), 3 TDs; Ozzy Reindorf-Malm 9-123 (13.7)
Interceptions: Austin Lentz 2; five others tied with 1 each
Kicking: Gabe Barros 9-9 XP, 1-2 FG (long 30)
Punting: Joe Holland 13-425 (32.7)
FAUQUIER (4-4 overall, 2-3 Class 4 Northwestern District) at SHERANDO (5-3, 3-2)
Last meeting: Sherando won 49-6 last season. The Warriors lead the all-time series 8-6.
Last week: Fauquier lost to James Wood 21-18; Sherando defeated Culpeper County 52-12.
Tonight's game: Two teams trying to cling to playoff hopes meet in Stephens City.
Fauquier quarterback J.T. Diehl passed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, both to Evan Jackson, as the Falcons rally from a 21-5 deficit came up just short against visiting James Wood last week. Diehl had Fauquier deep in James Wood territory in the game’s final minute with an opportunity to win it, but was intercepted by the Colonels’ Austin Schmitt at the 10-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.
In Sherando's shellacking of visiting Culpeper County, Darius Lane rushed for 173 yards and five scores, while Derek Metcalk added 50 yards and a touchdown of his own.
The top four teams in the district will advance to the Region 4C playoffs, which begin November 15. Sherando is currently in a tie for third-place with Millbrook (5-3, 3-2) and James Wood (6-2, 3-2), who play each other tonight.
Fauquier is one game behind all three of those teams, but a win over Sherando would thrust the Falcons back into the mix for a postseason berth.
HANDLEY (7-1 overall, 4-1 Class 4 Northwestern District) at LIBERTY (8-0, 5-0)
Last meeting: Liberty won 20-7 last season. The Eagles lead the all-time series 14-5.
Last week: Handley defeated Kettle Run 28-21; Liberty won 20-14 at Millbrook.
Tonight's game: The Class 4 Northwestern District title hangs in the balance in this showdown in Bealeton.
Handley outlasted visiting Kettle Run last Saturday behind 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground from quarterback Malachi Imoh. Imoh also threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Dayvon Newman.
Quarterback Dylan Bailey threw for 182 yards a two touchdowns, including the game-winning 4-yard strike to Wyatt Hicks in the fourth quarter, as visiting Liberty topped Millbrook in Winchester last Friday night. Bailey completed 16 of 25 passes in the game, with a 63-yard scoring toss to Tre’Von White in the first half as well. Mason Gay rushed for a game-high 178 yards for the Eagles, who outgained the Pioneers 367-122.
A victory will give Liberty the district crown, while a loss will pull Handley even with the Eagles at the top of the standings.
RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (1-7 overall, 0-5 Bull Run District) at MADISON COUNTY (0-8, 0-5)
Last meeting: Madison County won 67-7 last season. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 5-0.
Last week: Rappahannock County lost to East Rockingham 55-6; Madison County lost 82-52 at Page County.
Tonight's game: Two teams in desperate need of a victory meet in this game.
Rappahannock County got 40 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Richard Lillard in last week's loss to visiting East Rockingham.
Madison County’s Isaiah Dowell scored three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Mountaineers fell at Page County. Dowell rushed for scores of 70, 81 and 10 yards.
FLUVANNA COUNTY (4-4 overall, 1-3 Jefferson District) at Orange County (3-5, 3-1)
Last meeting: Fluvanna County won 22-21 last season. Orange County leads the all-time series 29-7.
Last week: Fluvanna County lost 41-11 at Louisa County; Orange County was on a bye after defeating Monticello 50-7 on October 18.
Tonight's game: Orange County looks to continue its recent momentum with a home game against district foe Fluvanna County.
Fluvanna County's quest for back-to-back Region 3C playoff appearances took another hit last week with a loss to district-leading Louisa County. Quarterback Kobe Edmonds continues to be a playmaker for Coach Mike Morris’ team with nearly 1,200 yards from scrimmage, including 725 yards on the ground, and is responsible for 17 touchdowns. Keonate Hearns and Malachi Hill also are options in the backfield in Morris’ Wing-T offense.
Orange County's Jaylen Alexander surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the fourth time in his career in the Hornets' win over visiting Monticello two weeks ago. Alexander has 1,112 yards and 15 touchdowns so far this season, as well as 5,149 career rushing yards to his credit. Paul Poirier has rushed for 372 yards this season and has served as a strong running mate for Alexander. Quarterback Walker Johnson has thrown for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Jireek Washington has 18 receptions for 282 yards and six scores.