St. Christopher’s at Woodberry Forest
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Last week: St. Christopher’s (1-1) defeated St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 35-12. Woodberry Forest (0-2) lost to Bishop Sullivan, 31-16.
When St. Christopher’s has the ball: The Saints boast a balanced attack filled with playmakers at the skill positions. QB Griff O’Ferrall threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and another score in last week’s win over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Trent Hendrick rushed for 48 yards and two scores in the win and is the ground game leader. Will Tazewell had seven catches for 128 yards. Walker Wallace also had two receiving touchdowns against the Saints.
When Woodberry Forest has the ball: The Tigers have struggled with their nonleague schedule this season, suffering a pair of tough home losses. Quarterback Ben Locklear remains one of the top passers in Central Virginia and has a firm grasp of the offense. Rhys Logan continues to improve as the featured back in the offense and Luke Blundin had a breakout game at receiver against Bishop Sullivan with a big touchdown catch. Defensively, Mathieu Masse-Pelletier is the leader of the unit and flourishes in pass coverage and against the run.
The skinny: The Tigers have lost their first two games at home and are eager to snap that streak Saturday against a very solid St. Christopher’s team. Woodberry Forest enters Saturday’s contest with a 13-game winning streak against the Saints and own a 14-1 overall record in the series.
Fishburne at Blue Ridge
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Last week: Fishburne (0-1) lost to North Cross, 54-0. Blue Ridge (1-0) defeated Hargrave, 45-13.
When Fishburne has the ball: The Caissons had a season opener to forget last week — a 54-0 home loss to North Cross. Senior quarterback Joshua Bradley is a threat with his arm and his legs and is the leader of the team. Senior Trey Tiano is another talented player in the backfield and Chase Bowman and John Swan are top targets in the passing game. Brandon Church had two tackles and the team’s lone sack last week to lead the defense.
When Blue Ridge has the ball: The Barons kicked off conference play with a convincing victory over Hargrave last week. Kenyon Carter has found a home at Blue Ridge and has emerged as the team’s leader at quarterback. Lance Gaskins, Icesys Lewis and Maliq Brown give Coach Jimmy Wills’ team a trio of talented wideouts. Defensively, Jack Dickey and Andy Nwaoko headline a unit that has yielded just 25 points all season.
The skinny: Blue Ridge has been impressive in its first two games of the season. Carter gives the Barons an experienced performer at quarterback and a veteran presence in the huddle for Wills. Defensively, Tim Thomas has re-energized that side of the ball. Fishburne had less than 100 yards of offense against North Cross and must improve if they hope to knock off the Barons.