E.C. Glass at George Washington
- KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
- RADIO: 102.5 FM
- RECORDS: E.C. Glass 4-0. George Washington 3-1.
- LAST WEEK: Glass blanked Rustburg 34-0. GW pierced Tunstall 61-6.
FACTS: On paper, this is a major test for the Hilltoppers. GW enters this one averaging a menacing 51.7 points per game. They’ve won three straight since falling to Dinwiddie in their opener and are coming off last week’s thumping of Tunstall. But the real question remains: Is the Eagles’ defense up to the challenge? Glass’ offense is on a roll, averaging 46 points per game. The defense has earned two shutouts, against Charlottesville and Rustburg. And while GW has home-field advantage and the game features playmakers galore, the overall advantage has to go to E.C. Glass because of its stout lines and defensive tenacity. GW has allowed 25 points per game, while Glass gives up just 7 ppg. Glass quarterback DreSean Kendrick has 1,137 all-purpose yards, while Quoterrus Craighead has 288 rushing yards. The ‘Toppers also have gotten top-notch performances from receivers like D-Moe Mosely (11 catches for 170 yards), Markevus Graves (eight catches for 157 yards) and Q. Foster (105 yards on just three catches). Glass broke an eight-game losing streak in the series (which dated back to 2006) with a 56-28 win in 2016. The two teams get together for the first time tonight since that game. The series dates back to 1917.
Dan River at William Campbell
- KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
- RECORDS: Dan River 3-2. William Campbell 3-2.
- LAST WEEK: Dan River held off Chatham 34-20. Campbell fell to Gretna 48-20.
FACTS: This will be the third straight tough test for the Generals, who have lost two consecutive games to Lord Botetourt and Gretna. William Campbell showed flashes of strong play last week but couldn’t stop the Hawks from slipping away for long touchdowns. The good news for WC this week is Dan River doesn’t have the rushing firepower Gretna displays. No Wildcats player has rushed for more than 175 yards all season. Instead, DR’s strength is in the passing game. Junior Tracy Glass has thrown for 692 yards and eight touchdowns, completing 49 of 85 attempts. Campbell will be tasked with defending four main receivers, especially junior Robert Carter (364 receiving yards). WC’s Jermiah Smith has thrown for 653 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also run for 469 yards, while Jordan Young has run for 310 yards.
Gretna at Nelson
- KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
- RADIO: 106.3 FM
- RECORDS: Gretna 3-1. Nelson 3-2.
- LAST WEEK: Gretna pecked William Campbell 48-20. Nelson gaveled Altavista 58-42.
FACTS: Both teams are riding plenty of momentum heading into today’s matchup. The Hawks look to stay undefeated in Dogwood District play on the heels of a four-score win over their rival, William Campbell. The Governors, meanwhile, are coming off their first Dogwood win since 2011. Nelson is looking for its third straight win, a feat it hasn’t accomplished since 2002, which also marked its last playoff appearance and last winning season. A win tonight also would give the Govs four on the season, something they haven’t done since a five-win 2007 campaign. But a result in Nelson’s favor tonight is highly unlikely given the Hawks’ track record this year. Gretna will look to a bevy of backs in the run game to pick up big gains once again. Jorden Berger and Daelyn Miller each had 150-plus yards for the Hawks last week. Look for those playmakers, along with running back Cameron Mabins and quarterback Tabron Mabins, to step up again. Nelson, meanwhile, will need quarterback George Brown (236 yards rushing and 143 passing last week) to put up big numbers to keep this one from turning into a blowout.
Magna Vista at Tunstall
- RECORDS: Magna Vista 4-1. Tunstall 0-4.
- FACT: Tunstall won the last meeting, 19-13, in the first round of the Region 3D playoffs last season. Prior to that game, Magna Vista had won the last 10 meetings between the two schools.
- WHAT TO KNOW: Magna Vista and Tunstall’s two meetings last season were decided by a combined 12 points. Since then, though, both teams have seemingly gone in opposite directions. Magna Vista finished the season 5-6, but has since started 2019 by outscoring opponents 212-74 this season.
Tunstall has yet to win a game in 2019, allowing more than 60 points twice, and at least 30 points in all four games. The Trojans have been outscored 191-59 this season.
In the latest VHSL playoff rankings, Magna Vista was second in Region 3D, with the top 8 teams reaching the postseason. The Warriors have the same number of wins as top ranked Lord Botetourt (4-0).