Week 7 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)
COURTLAND (1-5 overall, 0-2 Battlefield District) at EASTERN VIEW (6-0, 2-0)
Last meeting: Eastern View won 42-13 last season. Courtland leads the all-time series 6-2.
Last week: Courtland lost 27-26 at Caroline; Eastern View won 35-7 at James Monroe.
Tonight’s game: Two teams headed in opposite directions square off in this Battlefield District matchup. Courtland is 0-2 in the district for the first time since 1999, and the Cougars’ 1-5 start is their worst since they began 1998 0-8. In last week’s 27-26 loss at Caroline, they trailed 27-8 late in the third quarter before staging a rally that ultimately came up short. Josh Morgan rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while quarterback Raul Gil contributed a 55-yard scoring run and a 32-yard touchdown pass to Addie Burrow. Eastern View got 152 scrimmage yards from Chance Graves and a stellar effort from its defense in its 35-7 victory at James Monroe. Graves caught a 74-yard scoring strike and added a 68-yard run that set up another Cyclones’ touchdown. Quarterback Till Butler completed 6 of 10 passes for 168 yards and three scores—the fourth time this season he’s thrown at least three touchdowns in a game. Defensively, Eastern View held JM to just 156 yards of total offense and linebacker Drew Shurina returned a fourth-quarter interception 47 yards for a score.
Eastern View Statistical Leaders
Passing: Till Butler 40-58 (69.0%), 867 yds, 17 TDs
Rushing: Raq Lawson 59-404 (6.8 avg), 4 TDs; Ronta Robinson 28-240 (8.6), 4 TDs
Receiving: Alex Spangler 11-385 (35.0), 7 TDs; Chance Graves 12-297 (24.8), 5 TDs; Blake Leake 10-119 (11.9), 4 TDs
Interceptions: Josh Logan 2; Drew Shurina 2
Kicking: Garrett Hutchinson 38-40 XP, 2-3 FG (long 38)
Punting: Garrett Hutchinson 8-36.6
KETTLE RUN (0-5 overall, 0-3 Class 4 Northwestern District) at FAUQUIER (2-3, 0-2)
Last meeting: Kettle Run won 35-6 last season. The Cougars lead the all-time series 8-4.
Last week: Kettle Run lost to Liberty 40-29; Fauquier lost to Millbrook 42-21.
Tonight’s game: Two Fauquier County rivals are looking to halt their respective slides in this game. Kettle Run’s 40-29 loss to visiting Liberty last week dropped the Cougars to 0-5 for the first time since 2016. Quarterback Elijah Chumley completed 7 of 12 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, as well as running for a pair of scores. Darian Lambert added 14 carries for 82 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, homestanding Fauquier couldn’t keep up with Millbrook’s high-powered offense in a 42-21 setback, which marked the Falcons’ second loss in a row to start Class 4 Northwestern District play. Fauquier got a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Kyle Dargis that tied the score at 7 late in the first quarter. Backup quarterback Evan Jackson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Swift, while starter J.T. Diehl chipped in a 1-yard scoring run for the Falcons.
LIBERTY (5-0 overall, 2-0 Class 4 Northwestern District) at SHERANDO (3-2, 1-1)
Last meeting: Sherando won 55-21 last season. The Warriors lead the all-time series 14-10.
Last week: Liberty won 40-29 at Kettle Run; Sherando won 52-7 at Harrisonburg.
Tonight’s game: It’s a clash of two Class 4 Northwestern District titans who are both looking to keep pace with first-place Millbrook. Mason Gay scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to help visiting Liberty break open a close game and defeat Fauquier County rival Kettle Run a week ago. With the Eagles leading 20-14, Gay broke free for a 31-yard scoring run on their first possession of the third quarter. He added a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth, putting them ahead 34-14 and effectively slamming the door on the Cougars’ comeback hopes. Tre’Von White also had a big game for Liberty. He blocked a Kettle Run field goal attempt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown early in the game, made five receptions for 98 yards and hauled in a two-point conversion catch. Sherando spotted host Harrisonburg a 7-0 lead before reeling off 52 unanswered points in last week’s 52-7 victory. Warriors quarterback Dylan Rodeffer went 12-of-20 for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns—both to Jabril Hayes, who hauled in seven catches for 122 yards. Hayes also returned a punt 72 yards for a score. Darius Lane added 245 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries.
MADISON COUNTY (0-5 overall, 0-2 Bull Run District) at STONEWALL JACKSON-QUICKSBURG (1-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Madison County won 19-8 in 2010. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 14-0.
Last week: Madison County lost to Clarke County 50-13; Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg lost 42-0 at East Rockingham.
Tonight’s game: Still in search of its first win of the season, Madison County travels to Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg for a Bull Run District showdown. The Mountaineers got 222 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-30 passing from quarterback Jeremey Fox in last week’s 50-13 loss to visiting Clarke County. Meanwhile, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg had no answers for homestanding East Rockingham in a 42-0 setback. The Generals, who ended a 41-game losing streak by defeating Rappahannock County two weeks ago, are led by quarterback Rion Dennison and running back Tyler Vanderpuye.
ORANGE COUNTY (1-5 overall, 1-1 Jefferson District) at CHARLOTTESVILLE (0-6, 0-2)
Last meeting: Orange County won 30-14 last season. The Hornets lead the all-time series 16-14.
Last week: Orange County lost 35-14 at Louisa County; Charlottesville lost 26-7 at Fluvanna County.
Tonight’s game: Despite losing 35-14 at Louisa County a week ago, Orange County got 142 yards and a touchdown on the ground from standout running back Jaylen Alexander. Alexander, who has 670 yards and 10 scores so far this year, will look to continue his roll against winless Charlottesville, which fell 26-7 at Fluvanna County last week. The Black Knights are led by running back Isaiah Washington, a physical runner between the tackles who can also run away from defenders in the open field. Mark Targonski switched from running back to quarterback last week because of injuries and had a 68-yard completion while rushing for another 23 yards.
RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY (1-4 overall, 0-2 Bull Run District) at PAGE COUNTY (4-1, 1-1)
Last meeting: Page County won 65-0 last season. The Panthers lead the all-time series 6-0.
Last week: Rappahannock County lost to Strasburg 69-0; Page County won 58-0 at Bath County.
Tonight’s game: One week after facing a good Strasburg team, Rappahannock County travels to an equally tough Page County squad. J.B. Leidenheimer ran for 51 yards on eight carries for the Panthers against Strasburg. Meanwhile, Page County scored on all seven of its first-half possessions and built a 55-0 halftime advantage on the way to a 58-0 victory at Bath County. The Panthers’ defense held the Chargers to a meager 75 yards of offense,