Chilhowie vs Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry RB Cody Smith and the Warriors will travel to Saltville tonight to take on Northwood in some Thursday night football. 

Virginia

Hogoheegee District

Patrick Henry at Northwood

  Last meeting: Patrick Henry 43, Northwood 0 (Nov. 2, 2018 in Emory, Va.)

A win tonight would give the Patrick Henry Rebels their first Hogoheegee District title and unbeaten regular season since 1997. “It has been a great season,” said PH coach Mark Palmer. “Each week this team has worked hard and gotten better. They are a fun bunch to coach and enjoy playing football with one another.” … The Rebels are one of 21 schools across the VHSL’s six classifications with a perfect record. Riverheads (Region 1B) and Narrows (Region 1C) are the only other unbeatens in Class 1. … Patrick Henry senior running back Zach Brown will miss his fifth straight game with an ankle injury. …  “Our senior class has been a great one, but several of our juniors like Ean Rhea, Chase Brown, Caleb Walk, Hunter Wachob and Hayden Jackson, have really stepped up as the season progressed,” Palmer said. … Northwood head coach Tim Johnson was the boss at PH from 2002-07. Johnson was a star quarterback at Thomas Walker when Palmer was the head coach at Ervinton, so the two know each other very well. … Northwood has struggled through its fourth straight losing season and PH will clinch the district championship in style tonight.

  Prediction: Patrick Henry 46, Northwood 6

Southwest District

Marion at Graham

  Last meeting: Graham 25, Marion 12 (Nov. 2, 2019 in Marion, Va.)

Graham managed just 161 total yards and fumbled nine times in this matchup played on a wet field last season. Devin Lester emerged as the hero for Graham with three touchdowns. Marion saw its chance for a Region 2D playoff bid vanish last season with the Graham loss and the 28-27 victory by Wise County Central  over Grundy. … Graham received good news last week when Lester’s one-game suspension for targeting in the Oct. 25 game at Richlands was overturned upon appeal. With the Old Dominion University recruit back in the fold, the G-Men thumped Fort Chiswell by a 50-6 margin. … Despite four straight blowout losses, Marion still holds the No. 8 playoff spot in Region 2D.

  Prediction: Graham 49, Marion 6

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