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Falcons facing yet another yawner Friday

Posted 2017-10-05 By Larry Beazley

    Central’s football Falcons, unbeaten and unchallenged four games into the season, will travel 10 miles Friday to play the Cavaliers of King William High School.

    The Falcons have the talent to go deep into the post-season, but they have yet to face a team capable of testing their strengths. Their opponent Friday is not likely to be much of a test.

    In four loses the Cavaliers have been outscored 150 to 103.  Their losses have come against Prince Edward County, 52-46 in their opener; Bruton, 28-14; Essex, 36-12, and Washington & Lee, 34-30.

    King William lacks the depth, speed or size to compete with the Falcons. With just 20 players on the varsity roster they begin competitively but fatigue soon sets in.

    Sophomore Marc Gresham, the Cavaliers’ leading rusher, has speed and handles punts and kickoffs.  Last season as a freshman he was the go-to man at wide receiver. Against Strasburg in 2016, he had five receptions for more than 100 yards.

    Corey Stewart, another sophomore, is the short yardage running back, (6’1”, 180) a north-south runner, good for a short gain when needed. Sophomore Lance Alfonso is the Cavaliers’ quarterback.

    The Cavaliers have a good running attack and a solid offensive line, led by senior center Scott Smith (5-10, 200), junior tackle Tommy Riffle (6-2, 275), senior guard Trevor Herendeen (5-10, 250), and senior guard Raleigh Cutalow (5-7, 188).

    The King William defense, not a strong suit, includes senior backs Duane Johnson and Kolby Anderson. Anderson also plays wide receiver on the offensive side.

    King William, like most of the teams the Falcons have faced this season. is young at key positions and lacks depth.  With a short roster, most players are on the field on offense and defense, a factor leading to fatigue.

    The Cavaliers may be competitive early, but Central’s size and speed will likely guarantee a return to the Valley at 5-0. Preparation will begin in earnest for next week’s big game against Bull Run rival Clarke County in a battle for first place.