With Evergreen District play set to begin Friday, the Fauquier Times-Democrat
sports staff predicts the final standings:
Peter Brewington’s prediction
Before the season, I thought Kettle Run would remain strong, but lose a few games due to an inevitable drop off and transition of new players. Nope.
The Cougars replaced those key parts, retained their superstar running back Josh Tapscott, and continued to rack up wins like a team that wants another shot at the state semifinals.
However, despite its superlative achievements, I think there’s a 50-50 chance Kettle Run loses to Fauquier or Warren County. Fauquier is on a magical run, and hosts the Cougars in Warrenton Oct. 19. Based on its battle with KRHS last year, Warren County is fully capable of winning the district. That game is also a Cougar road game Oct. 26 in Front Royal.
Asked to predict an order though, I’m going Kettle Run, FHS, LHS, Warren County, Brentsville.
Jeff Malmgren’s prediction
Entering the season, I thought we’d see the closest Evergreen District title race in history.
After seeing Kettle Run play Friday, I think it will be a close race for second. Kettle Run simply looks unbeatable. Somehow its defense looks as stout as it did last season, even without graduated linebackers Nashon Johnson and John Piette. Offensively, Carlos Vegerano has somehow morphed into graduated quarterback Mac Graham with his dual-threat play-making.
Like Kettle Run, Warren County has a 5-0 record, but it has played a weaker schedule than Fauqiuer (4-1) and Liberty (3-2). So I’ll guess that Fauquier can beat Warren County. Fauquier, however, always seems to lose to Liberty, regardless of the circumstances. But Liberty could still lose to Warren County.
So it’s a toss-up, but I’ll say Kettle Run will win the district, followed by Liberty, Fauquier, Warren County and Brentsville (0-5).
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