Pre­view­ing Week 3

Colo­nial Heights, Prince Ge­orge, Ma­toaca to play at home

The Progress-Index - - SPORTS - By Ni­cholas Van­de­loecht Staff Writer

It’s the last week of the 2017 high school foot­ball reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore old dis­trict matchups (for the most part) take over.

Colo­nial Heights Foot­ball, in Year 1 of the Buzz Ed­wards era, is tak­ing a stout 2-0 start into its first home game of 2017 against Southamp­ton.

Prince Ge­orge Foot­ball is hop­ing to over­come a heart­break­ing loss to J.R. Tucker with a vic­tory at home against John Mar­shall.

Ma­toaca Foot­ball seeks to re­bound from a rough 45-7 loss to Va­rina in their up­com­ing home match against un­known foe Mas­s­aponax.

On the road, Peters­burg (2-0) for the sec­ond straight year heads to Fredericksburg to chal­lenge James Mon­roe (0-3), and Hopewell (1-1) looks to avenge last sea­son’s stun­ning loss to Powhatan (0-2).

Din­wid­die (3-0) and Thomas Dale (2-1) are on bye weeks.

All games are Fri­day, Sept. 15. Game times for John Mar­shall at Prince Ge­orge, Mas­s­aponax at Ma­toaca, Peters­burg at James Mon­roe and Southamp­ton at Colo­nial Heights are 7 p.m. Game time for Hopewell at Powhatan is 7:30 p.m.

Southamp­ton (1-1) at Colo­nial Heights (2-0)

COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS - Buzz Ed­wards is 2-0 so far in his de­but as head coach of Colo­nial Heights Foot­ball. The Colo­nials in their first two vic­to­ries of the sea­son (20-14 over New Kent, 34-14 over Park View) have al­lowed a to­tal of 28 points a to­tal that’s lower than the low­est amount of points that the 2016 Colo­nials (41) al­lowed in any given game.

While the 2017 Colo­nials’ de­fense has kept teams to less points so far, the of­fense is still look­ing sharp. They’re led by Week 2 Progress-In­dex FOOT­BALL ATH­LETE OF THE WEEK Hunter Spence, who rushed for 135 yards and two touch­downs and also threw for 96 yards and two ad­di­tional touch­downs in the Colo­nials’ 34-14 tri­umph over Park View.

Ver­sa­tile Rayquan Rogers also had a big game with 122 yards of to­tal of­fense (run­ning and catch­ing) and three touch­downs, in­clud­ing two re­ceiv­ing.

The Colo­nials are 2-0 for the first time since 2014. They’re gear­ing up for their first home game of the year against Southamp­ton, against whom they put up the most points last year (34) but lost.

In 2015 the Colo­nials beat Southamp­ton 28-12.

The last time Colo­nial Heights started 3-0 was 2005 - also the last time they had a win­ning record (7-4).

The game will be at Colo­nial Heights High School Ath­letic Sta­dium (500 Con­duit Rd.) in Colo­nial Heights.

John Mar­shall (1-2) at Prince Ge­orge (1-1)

The dif­fer­ence in last Fri­day’s game ended up be­ing 17 sec­onds.

Af­ter a turnover-filled, back-and-forth duel be­tween J.R. Tucker and Prince Ge­orge, it was Tucker that grabbed the lead on a touch­down pass with 17 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to win the game 27-24.

De­spite the loss, it was a mon­ster show­ing for run­ning back LaWayne Allen, who ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps had 240 rush­ing yards. Allen ran for two touch­downs and scored an­other one on a re­cep­tion from Ed­ward Walker. It was a short pass, but Allen shook off a Tucker de­fender and toughed out the ex­tra yards af­ter catch to reach the end zone. He’s shown the way for a Roy­als team that has been phe­nom­e­nal in the run game but has strug­gled with the pass, giv­ing up three in­ter­cep­tions to Tucker.

The Roy­als’ de­fense, how­ever, had a big game de­spite al­low­ing the fi­nal touch­down. Jakob Kennedy led the way for Prince Ge­orge with six tack­les while also re­cov­er­ing three of the five fum­bles that Tucker gave up.

The Roy­als’ de­fense also feasted last year at home

when they fac­tored into a 51-0 shutout against John Mar­shall. The Jus­tices kicked off the year with a 62-14 blowout vic­tory over Ge­orge Wythe, but since then have cooled with losses to Peters­burg (36-6) and Arm­strong (28-24).

Prince Ge­orge has won its last four reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ings against John Mar­shall.

Mas­s­aponax (2-1) at Ma­toaca (1-1)

CH­ESTER­FIELD - Prior to the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Ma­toaca Foot­ball head coach Derrick L. John­son said he and his War­riors would know where they stood by the end of the Cosby game.

“The first year we won on a Hail Mary, last year we lost on two, in my opin­ion, two con­tro­ver­sial calls, on­side kick on the kicker, back-to­back,” John­son said. “Right now we’re try­ing to pre­pare the young men to play with a sense of ur­gency and leav­ing no doubt who’s the bet­ter team on the foot­ball field … hope­fully we’ll be able to es­tab­lish that when we play Cosby.” And that’s what they did. Be­hind a com­mand­ing per­for­mance from new quar­ter­back Dante San­ders, Ma­toaca thumped the Ti­tans 31-13.

But one week later they en­dured a rough de­feat to Va­rina 45-7.

The War­riors’ mis­sion is to re­bound as they open

their 2017 home sea­son, host­ing 2-1 Mas­s­aponax. The Pan­thers, ranked 6th in VHSL-Ref­er­ence’s Pre­sea­son Top 40, will be mak­ing the trip down to Ma­toaca from Spot­syl­va­nia. They trounced Hanover 51-14 and blanked Chan­cel­lor 24-0, but took a tough loss in be­tween to Wood­grove 42-14.

The last time Ma­toaca and Mas­s­aponax met was in 2004. The War­riors in that game beat the Pan­thers 35-27.

Peters­burg (2-0) at James Mon­roe (0-3)

FREDERICKSBURG Upton Bai­ley kicked off the sea­son on fire.

Through the Wave’s sea­son-open­ing vic­to­ries over John Mar­shall and Ge­orge Wythe at home, the sopho­more util­ity player has racked up six touch­downs.

Also adding to the run game has been Chris Jones, who has also been the heart and soul of the Wave’s de­fense.

True fresh­man Meziah Scott is still com­ing into his own in the start­ing quar­ter­back role, and the Crim­son Wave will face a James Mon­roe pro­gram that they have yet to beat in their last four meet­ings with the Yel­low Jack­ets.

But the last time th­ese two teams played, it was a de­fen­sive slugfest, with James Mon­roe com­ing out on on top 17-12.

The Jack­ets have also

strug­gled to open the sea­son, drop­ping their first three games to Stafford (2814), Char­lottesville (46-21) and Moun­tain View (30-0).

James Mon­roe will play Peters­burg at Maury Sta­dium (649-699 Hanover St.) in Fredericksburg.

The last time Peters­burg won their first three games of the sea­son was in 2008, when they opened the year on four straight wins.

Hopewell (1-1) at Powhatan (0-2)

POWHATAN - A rested Blue Devils team is gear­ing up to head to Powhatan this week­end with the goal of de­feat­ing the team that stunned them last sea­son 29-28 in or­der to im­prove to 2-1.

The last time the Blue Devils played, the of­fense caught fire against Tabb. Greg Cuf­fey un­leashed 243 yards of to­tal of­fense with two pass­ing touch­downs and two rush­ing touch­downs tvo lead Hopewell past the Tigers 54-19. Ron­nie Walker with a 141-yard rush­ing per­for­mance brought his to­tal yardage on the ground this sea­son to 307.

The In­di­ana com­mit also has four rush­ing touch­downs on the year so far.

The Blue Devils will face a team that’s still look­ing for its first win of the year. Powhatan this sea­son has lost to Mid­loth­ian 26-21 and Caro­line 25-21.v

[NI­CHOLAS VAN­DE­LOECHT/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

Prince Ge­orge Foot­ball’s Sid­ney Rose (#12) and Richard Ful­ton (#28) cel­e­brate a play in which the Roy­als re­cover a J.R. Tucker fum­ble. The Roy­als this Fri­day look to im­prove to 2-1 with a 7 p.m. home game against John Mar­shall.

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