Heritage at Amherst
KICKOFF: 7 p.m.
RADIO: 102.1 FM, 105.1 FM, 1050 AM
RECORDS: Heritage 7-1. Amherst 1-7.
LAST WEEK: Heritage downed Rustburg 44-22. Amherst shocked LCA 34-21.
FACTS: The Pioneers don’t have the rushing attack they showcased last year, but Friday night’s game could still turn into a ground assault if rain hinders the passing game. That won’t take offensive leader Jabari Blake out of it, though. Amherst will have to pressure the quarterback, who in addition to throwing for 1,249 yards and six touchdowns in eight games also leads Heritage with 619 rushing yards and 12 additional touchdowns. Simply, he’s the heart and soul of the HHS offense. Since passing is such a focal point for Heritage, Amherst will still likely have to keep a close watch on receivers like Lani Rivera (435 yards), Chris Megginson (334 yards) and Brian Trent (226 yards) even in wet conditions. KJ Vaughan has added 495 yards on the ground. Even though it was only reinstalled roughly a month ago, Amherst’s unbalanced single wing has given opponents fits the last four weeks. Heritage’s defense will have to guard against deceptive runs from Frank Ross, who is averaging 7.2 yards per tote and has 1,068 rushing yards to his credit. With quarterback CJ Rose injured, Amherst turns to quarterback (and kicker) Blane Johnson (333 passing yards) or to Ross for direct snaps. Heritage has already clinched a first-round home game for the playoffs. A victory would also ensure the Pioneers at least a first-place tie for the Seminole District crown with one game remaining. HHS is 5-0 in district play. E.C. Glass is one game behind at 4-1.
William Campbell vs. Thomas Jefferson (Richmond)
KICKOFF: Saturday, noon, at Huguenot High School
RECORDS: William Campbell 5-3. Thomas Jefferson 4-4.
LAST WEEK: William Campbell drained Dan River 42-10. Thomas Jefferson held off John Tucker 21-14.
FACTS: This is a game the Generals lost 62-34 last season, so they enter Richmond looking for revenge. Campbell ended a three-game losing streak by walloping Dan River last week, winning for the second straight year over the Wildcats after a dismal eight-year losing streak in that series. The victory was a sign that Danny Broggin’s young squad is emerging from a brutal four-game stretch with confidence. Campbell enters Week 10 in second place behind Riverheads (7-1) in the Region 1B weekly ratings. Quarterback Jermiah Smith eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark for the season last week and now sports 1,116 passing yards to go along with 17 TD tosses. The tandem of Chris Boyd and Jordan Young in the rushing game should help the Generals on Saturday. Boyd leads the way with 550 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 365 receiving yards and an additional five scores. Young has scored nine times and has 545 rushing yards. When Smith gets receiver Nikia Peerman the ball, big things happen for Campbell. Peerman is typically guarded by a team’s best defender or is under double coverage. Still, he has some of the best numbers in the area, having caught 30 passes for 543 yard (18.1 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns. The Class 3 Vikings have lost three of their last four games.