Week 3 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)
CULPEPER (1-1) at SPOTSYLVANIA (2-0)
Last meeting: Culpeper won 34-12 in last season’s Region 3B championship game. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with a record of 24-20-1.
Last week: Culpeper defeated Monticello 30-6; Spotsylvania beat Fluvanna 36-27
Tonight’s game: Two rivals lock horns once again in a rematch of last November’s Region 3B title game. Culpeper got 160 rushing yards and a touchdown from senior Dejour McCray and two interception returns for scores to pull away from visiting Monticello 30-6 last week. McCray’s effort may have earned him the role of the Blue Devils’ primary running back after he began the season listed as a wide receiver. Culpeper’s defense pressured Monticello quarterback Malachi Fields, a Division I recruit, into throwing three interceptions, with Riley Harrison and Josh Plaster returning their respective picks for touchdowns. Meanwhile, Ty-Shaun Colbert ran for two scores and threw for another to help Spotsylvania rally from a 21-14 halftime deficit and topple Fluvanna 36-27. His touchdown pass covered 20 yards and was hauled in by tight end Mathias “Mega” Barnwell, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound freshman who’s already received offers from Liberty and William and Mary.
KETTLE RUN (0-1) at BRENTSVILLE (0-2)
Last meeting: Kettle Run won last season’s meeting 37-6. The Cougars lead the all-time series 13-1.
Last week: Kettle Run lost to Heritage (Leesburg) 14-6; Brentsville lost to Fauquier 32-0.
Tonight’s game: It’s a matchup of two teams looking to put a halt to their early-season misfortunes. Kettle Run, which is breaking in several new starters on both sides of the ball, struggled to muster any offense in a 14-6 season-opening setback against Heritage (Leesburg) last week. Brentsville, on the other hand, returns 18 starters from a squad that made the Region 3B playoffs a year ago, yet the Tigers have been outscored 87-15 through their first two games of the 2019 campaign. Last week’s 32-0 loss at Fauquier snapped the Falcons’ 13-game losing streak dating back to October 2017.
LIBERTY (2-0) at KING GEORGE (2-0)
Last meeting: King George won 40-7 in 2016. The all-time series is tied 1-1.
Last week: Liberty defeated Courtland 40-35; King George beat Stafford 34-21.
Tonight’s game: Two teams with a lot of early-season momentum clash in a key nondistrict tilt. Last week, Liberty overcame a late deficit to top Courtland 40-35 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Bailey to Wyatt Hicks. It’s just the second time in five seasons that the Eagles have started a season off 2-0. King George is off to a 2-0 start, led by junior quarterback Charles Mutter. A week after throwing for 341 yards and a score against Orange, Mutter accumulated 285 yards and three touchdowns through the air in the Foxes’ 34-21 victory at Stafford. King George is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2016.
GEORGE MASON (0-2) at MADISON COUNTY (0-1)
Last meeting: Madison County won last season’s meeting 34-12. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 12-9.
Last week: George Mason lost to Strasburg 35-20; Madison County lost to James River (Buchanan) 20-8.
Tonight’s game: Madison County looks for its first win of the year after struggling in a 20-8 loss against James River (Buchanan) a week ago. Senior quarterback Khalid West scored the Mountaineers’ lone touchdown in that game. This is George Mason’s first road contest of the season after coming up short in home games against Falls Church and Strasburg over the last two weeks.
CRAIG COUNTY (1-1) at RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (0-1)
Last meeting: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Last week: Craig County lost to Auburn 56-6; Rappahannock County was on a bye after losing to West Point 42-13 on Aug. 30.
Tonight’s game: After beginning its 2019 campaign with a forfeit victory over Bland two weeks ago, Craig County took it on the chin against visiting Auburn in a 56-6 rout last week. Meanwhile, Rappahannock County is in search of its first win of the season after a 42-13 home setback to West Point on Aug. 30.