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SW Va. preview: Aerial display expected as Raiders host Generals

Kevin Mays • Sep 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Tonight’s prep football game at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium has the potential of being a top-notch airshow as the J.I. Burton Raiders play host to the Lee High Generals.

Lee quarterback Dewayne Garrett completed 4 of 8 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns last week in the Generals’ 48-8 win over Lebanon.

Burton quarterback Houston Thacker completed 12 of 32 passes for 199 yards in the Raiders’ loss to Chilhowie last week.

“They’ve thrown the ball about 55 percent of their plays in the first two games,” said Lee High coach Jeremy Pendergraft. “We have to get them into a position where we’re controlling the pace.”

The Generals coach said his defense will be tested in trying to stop the balanced-attack offensive game from Burton.

“They have a lot of weapons and it will be a challenge for us. I think the first thing we have to do is to stop them on the outside, stop the jet sweep and the counters,” said Pendergraft.

Veteran Burton coach Jim Adams feels comfortable about the way his offense is progressing. But he readily admits that there is some concern about his defense, which gave up 49 points to Chilhowie.

“We’re really struggling defensively,” said Adams. “We’ve been looking at what Lee does on offense, but we’ve really been working on ourselves this week and trying to get better.”

The game is viewed by both sides as a key contest in terms of gathering power points for the post-season playoff picture.

GATE CITY AT SULLIVAN SOUTH

The Blue Devils face yet another Goliath challenge with a road trip to South.

After losses to Richlands and Abingdon, Gate City (0-2) is in for another tough contest. Coach Chris Akers’ Blue Devils are looking to pull off the surprise win with each game. They’ll have to bring their A-game for four quarters to do it tonight.

CASTLEWOOD AT THOMAS WALKER

Thomas Walker picked up its first win of the season last week and now opens up Cumberland District action against Castlewood.

Both Thomas Walker and Castlewood are listed as dark horses in the chase for the Cumberland crown, and the winner of this game will likely keep that distinction, while the loser will fade away.

CHILHOWIE AT TWIN SPRINGS

Twin Springs and new head coach Keith Warner are still looking for their first victory of the season. Odds are it won’t happen this weekend. Chilhowie has blasted its first two opponents on the slate and the defending Class A state runner-up will be looking to do the same tonight with a trip to Nickelsville.

RYE COVE AT HANCOCK COUNTY

Coach Cheyenne Osborne’s Eagles from Scott County hit the road this weekend. The Eagles seem to be on the verge of breaking into the win column. They face another challenge in doing that tonight.

EASTSIDE AT PATRICK HENRY

Eastside suffered a tough loss to Wise Central two weeks ago. After an early-season open week, the Spartans have nine straight weeks of action. Patrick Henry provides another test for Eastside, especially on the road.

WISE CENTRAL AT RIDGEVIEW

This clash of Mountain 7 District foes presents two different looks. Wise Central is 1-0 after beating Eastside two weeks ago and taking last weekend off. The Warriors are young and looking to improve each week. Ridgeview is an experienced team with plenty of veterans on the offensive line and plenty of talented skill players behind them.

LETCHER COUNTY CENTRAL, KY. AT UNION

It’s been a tough year for Letcher County with an 0-3 start. It doesn’t look to get any better this weekend with a trip across the state line to face a Union team that’s riding a 2-0 start, including an emotional win over Richlands last weekend.

OTHER GAMES

Abingdon faces its toughest challenge of the season so far with a road trip to Pulaski County. John Battle faces another rival at Washington County foe Holston.

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