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Friday Night Lights Week Eight (Part Two); Three Area Games

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It’s hard to believe we are entering the eighth week for high school football.

The Alleghany Mountaineers got a head start into the eighth week with their Tuesday home game against the Staunton River Golden Eagles.

For the first time since the high school football season opener on Friday, August 27, all three area schools will be on the football field tomorrow night.

It will also be the first time, all three schools will each have a game and not one against one another.

All three games tomorrow will be key district games.

Glenvar at Alleghany

It will be a quick turnaround for the Mountaineers as the team is coming off of a 31 point home loss (37-6) just two days ago to the Golden Eagles.

Three days prior to the Tuesday game, the team was shutout 29-0 to James River at home Friday night.

So come the end of tomorrows game, the Mountaineers will have played three games in a eight days.

It’s a lot to ask out of a team, but the Mountaineers have been able to hold their own.

Despite what the results are showing on the scoreboard, the Mountaineers have been doing substantial job.

While the offense has been struggling, they have been showing promising drives over the course of the last few games.

While the defense has done its job to help keep them within games with stopping teams early on in games with three-and-outs.

The game against the Golden Eagles just got away from the Mountaineers on big plays. Three of the touchdowns came on plays ending in 20+ yards.

The Mountaineers are entering tomorrow’s game on a five game losing streak and it may not get any easier when they host the Glenvar Highlanders.

The Highlanders enter the game with a 5-1 record and are averaging a win margin of 21+ points a game.

The defense is holding opposing offenses to only 15 points a game.

That is going to be the xfactor in the game for the Mountaineers as their offense is scoring just over 13 points a game.

The team will need to be precise on moving the ball and scoring early to stay with the Highlanders.

Last Friday, the Highlanders shutout Floyd County 54-0.

Bath County at Eastern Montgomery

The Chargers enter their district meeting with the Mustangs winless at 0-4.

Heading into the second half to their game last Friday against the East Hardy Cougars, the team had been scoreless on the season in the teams first 14 quarters.

The Chargers grabbed two second half touchdowns and even outscored the Cougars in the second half of their game with the final score ending in 53-12.

If nothing else, the touchdowns while coming when the game was already out of hand, they were motivating boosts going forward.

And the Chargers will need it tomorrow when they play the Mustangs who are coming off of a 26-0 district victory over Craig County.

The touchdowns for the Chargers could provide a spark needed heading into this game as the Mustangs only have a winning margin of 2+ points this season.

While the Chargers do only have 12 total points in four games (an average of three points a game), the Mustangs are holding opponents to 16 points a game.

One thing that could keep the Chargers in this game and wind being the xfactor if they can score is the Mustangs offense is only averaging just over 18 points a game.

If head coach Dillon Fry can get his offense on the scoreboard early, they’ll have a chance in this one.

Covington at Narrows

Quite possibly this is the area game of the week.

The Cougars enter the game with a 2-2 record while Narrows is entering with a 2-4 record.

For the Cougars, it’s been a while since the team has been on the football field.

The last game for the Cougars was back on September 17, a 34-32 home loss against James River (Buchanan).

The team had its following week game at Grayson County be canceled, while last week was the teams bye week.

For the Narrows Greenwaves, they are coming off of a 29-point home loss last Friday to district rival Parry McCluer (47-18).

It hasn’t been easy for the Greenwaves, after the team opened the season 2-0, they have since dropped four straight. And they have not been close games either.

During their losing streak, the Greenwaves are giving 37 points a game while only scoring 12 points a game.

Despite not having played in three weeks, the Cougars can score in bunches. In their four games this season, the Cougars are averaging 25 points a game.

The defense is also giving up just over 25 points a game, but the offense is enough to keep them in games and should be enough to make their game tomorrow with the Greenwaves relatively close.

For a Cougars win, it all starts with senior quarterback, Javier Yancy.

In the teams first four games, Yancy has nine total touchdowns (six passing, three rushing).

If the Greenwaves defense cannot contain Yancy, they’ll be in for a long night.

This games outcome will have implications on the VHSL rankings. See below at the next article.

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