Waynesboro (0-6) at

Rockbridge County (4-2)

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday

WHERE: Wildcat Stadium in Lexington

LAST YEAR: The Wildcats erupted for their highest point total in recent history, cruising to a 70-14 win over Waynesboro on senior night in Lexington. Johnny Dunn led RC with three touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard kickoff return and Jailik Lynch, Bret McClung and Chase Crook each scored two TDs. Quarterback Ty Ruley passed for 382 yards and four TDs, and he ran for one. Lynch made eight catches for 225 yards.

THE SCOOP: The seniors who stepped up for RC in last year’s win are gone, but the Wildcats have a lot of established leaders eager to play their homecoming game against Waynesboro. Both teams suffered tough home losses in their Valley District openers last Friday, with RC falling 55-10 to Spotswood and Waynesboro taking a 43-0 pounding from Harrisonburg. The Little Giants remain winless, the victims of six blowouts, and they haven’t been able to score in double digits in any of their games. Both RC and Waynesboro have played Fort Defiance this season, with RC winning 37-6 and Waynesboro losing 45-8.

We expect the Wildcats to have a tough week of practice and to take valuable lessons from the loss to Spotswood. This game will be a good opportunity to improve their performance on both sides of the ball.

THE NEWS-GAZETTE’S PICK: Earlier in the season, the Wildcats were able to bounce back from their first loss with a convincing win, and we expect them to do the same this Friday. Homecoming festivities will be on display, and we expect the Wildcats to make the most of the occasion. Look for the defense to step up and the offense to click, in both passing and running, as the Wildcats will capture a 50-7 win to give them momentum going into a two-game road stretch.

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