Week 6 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)
HANDLEY (4-0 overall, 1-0 Class 4 Northwestern District) at CULPEPER COUNTY (1-3, 0-1)
Last meeting: Culpeper County won 10-7 in 1987. The Blue Devils lead the all-times series 2-1-1.
Last week: Handley defeated Fauquier 35-21; Culpeper County lost 28-7 at Liberty.
Tonight’s game: Visiting Handley brings a potent offense into the two teams’ first meeting since 1987. Quarterback Malachi Imoh rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and added 115 passing yards in the Judges’ 35-21 victory over visiting Fauquier last Saturday. The week before, the dynamic senior threw for 258 yards and three scores and ran for 182 and three more in a 60-25 shellacking of Skyline. In its 28-7 loss at Liberty last Thursday, Culpeper County got 127 yards on the ground from Riley Harrison, while JoJo Crenshaw threw for 149 yards in his first career start at quarterback. Ozzy Reindorf-Malm was on the receiving end of five of Crenshaw’s passes, totaling 76 yards.
MILLBROOK (4-1 overall, 2-0 Class 4 Northwestern District) at FAUQUIER (2-2, 0-1)
Last meeting: Millbrook won 53-26 last season. Fauquier leads the all-time series 6-4.
Last week: Millbrook defeated Sherando 42-31; Fauquier lost 35-21 at Handley.
Tonight’s game: Millbrook enters the contest coming off a big 42-31 home win over perennial Class 4 Northwestern District power Sherando a week ago. The Pioneers trailed 31-28 with 9:07 remaining in the game, but converted a fourth-and-7 with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Buza to Jordan Jackson and got a 44-yard interception return for a score from Gavin Evosirch to put the Warriors away. Buza had a huge night, completing 20 of 37 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson caught eight balls for 162 yards and a score, while T.J. Spain collected touchdown catches of 90 and 30 yards, respectively. Evosirch added 18 carries for 86 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. J.T. Diehl completed 8 of 11 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Fauquier’s 35-21 loss at Handley last Saturday. His scoring strike went for 23 yards to Cameron Swift, and he also added a touchdown run. Herschel Rinker chipped in a 94-yard kickoff return for a score and also tallied an interception from his defensive back spot.
LIBERTY (4-0 overall, 1-0 Class 4 Northwestern District) at KETTLE RUN (0-4, 0-2)
Last meeting: Kettle Run won 33-14 last season. Liberty leads the all-time series 9-4.
Last week: Liberty defeated Culpeper County 28-7; Kettle run lost 36-21 at James Wood.
Tonight’s game: Liberty brings an undefeated record into the annual renewal of this Fauquier County rivalry. In last Thursday’s 28-7 win over visiting Culpeper County, quarterback Dylan Bailey overcame a pair of interceptions to throw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. One of those went for 95 yards to Tre’Von White, who also threw a scoring pass of his own and caught a two-point conversion. Mason Gay rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts to pace the Eagles’ ground attack. Kettle Run, meanwhile, struggled on the way to its fourth straight loss to open the season in a 36-21 decision at James Wood. Brandon Strickland carried the ball 21 times for 110 yards and a score for the Cougars, while A.J. Williams returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
CLARKE COUNTY (3-1 overall, 1-0 Bull Run District) at MADISON COUNTY (0-4, 0-1)
Last meeting: Clarke County won 49-7 last season. The Eagles lead the all-time series 15-6.
Last week: Clarke County defeated East Rockingham 42-7; Madison County lost 56-14 at Luray.
Tonight’s game: Clarke County brings a potent running game into this Bull Run District matchup. Peyton Rutherford racked up 307 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in last week’s 42-7 walloping of visiting East Rockingham. He wasn’t the only Clarke County player to have a big night on the ground, as Danny Lyman finished with 115 yards on 10 carries. Jordan Morris and Sam Estes each ran for scores in Madison County’s 56-14 loss at Luray.
ORANGE COUNTY (1-4 overall, 1-0 Jefferson District) at LOUISA COUNTY (4-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Louisa County won 36-12 last season. Orange County leads the all-time series 31-29-2.
Last week: Orange County defeated Albemarle 50-7; Louisa County won 55-0 at Charlottesville.
Tonight’s game: Coming off its first win of the season against Albemarle a week ago, Orange County now faces Louisa County, one of the top teams in the state in Class 4. In last week’s 50-7 win over visiting Albemarle, the Hornets’ Walker Johnson passed for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Jaylen Alexander and Paul Poirier accumulated 155 and 111 yards rushing, respectively, with Alexander scoring three times and Poirier once. Louisa got touchdown runs from Jarett Hunter, Robert Morgan IV and Kalup Shelton in its 55-0 victory at Charlottesville, as well as 139 yards through the air from freshman quarterback Landon Wilson.
STRASBURG (3-1 overall, 0-1 Bull Run District) at RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (1-3, 0-1)
Last meeting: Strasburg won 54-6 last season. The Rams lead the all-time series 5-0.
Last week: Strasburg lost 21-14 to Page County; Rappahannock County lost 31-0 at Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg.
Tonight’s game: Strasburg is looking to rebound after suffering its first loss of the season to Page County a week ago. In that contest, the host Rams turned the ball over on their final three possessions, enabling the Panthers to score the game-winning touchdown with 6:11 remaining on the clock. Chase Hart, a William and Mary commit, completed 13 of 22 passes for 148 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Meanwhile, Rappahannock County allowed host Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg to snap a 41-game losing streak in last week’s 31-0 decision. Stonewall quarterback Rion Dennison had 83 yards rushing and 38 passing to help the Generals earn their first victory since Sept. 25, 2015.