The Raiders are set to welcome the Warriors in what will be the second playoff meeting between to the two squads. Chilhowie knocked off Burton back in the 2017 playoffs in Chilhowie by a score of 42-7 in the Region 1D championship game to advance to the state semi finals. Chilhowie is currently 7-0 in Region D play. These two teams have gotten to know each other fairly well as it will be the ninth meeting in the last seven years. J.I. Burton has won only one of those matchups which occurred in 2015. A 41-26 victory over the Warriors inside Lawson Fitchko Stadium. The two teams met in week 2 of this season in Norton as the Warriors beat the Raiders 45-24, sending them to an 0-2 start while the Warriors started out 2-0. Since the loss to Chilhowie back on September 6th, Burton has reeled off nine straight wins and are averaging 44 points a game during that stretch, which includes their 44-0 first round win over Castlewood last week at Carl Smith Stadium on the campus of UVA Wise. Chilhowie has lost two games since then, both being on the road to two undefeated teams. A 20-14 decision to Narrows and a 16-13 setback to Patrick Henry but the Warriors started out the playoffs on a strong note as they opened up with a 47-0 victory over the Thomas Walker Pioneers last week at home.
Chilhowie has been led by quarterback Logan Adams this season. Adams tossed 2 touchdowns against Burton earlier in the season while Jordan Williams rushed for 2 scores and Lucas Doss was on the receiving end of both Adams’ touchdown passes. Jonathan Gilley added 82 yards and a touchdown in the previous matchup. The Warriors exploded for 31 second quarter points to pull away from the Raiders. In last weeks 47-0 victory over Thomas Walker, Adams threw for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to Malachi Thomas, while rushing for another score. The Warriors exploded for 432 yards while holding Thomas Walker to 76 total yards. The Warriors are fast and physical on defense and have held their opponents to 8 points per game over the last half of the season.
Burton has been on fire since being handled their second loss of the season against Chilhowie. Coach Jacob Caudill’s Raiders have looked like a serious contender winning nine in a row and playing complete football on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The Raiders ran wild on the turf at Carl Smith Stadium and racked up 430 total yards of offense in last weeks 44-0 win over Castlewood while holding the Blue Devils to 136 total yards. Mikey Culbertson scored 2 touchdowns while Esau Teasley rushed for 181 yards and 2 scores in the win. Jaymen Buchanan also ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on only 4 carries. In the previous loss to Chilhowie the Raiders were stymied by the fast, physical Chilhowie defense. While, Buchanan did pass for 76 yards that game, 61 of those yards came on one play. A long touchdown pass to Elijah Lovell to open the game and give Burton an early 6-0 lead. Burton wouldn’t muster much after that. Teasley was held to 72 yards as Steele and Culbertson were also kept in check. The Raiders also hurt themselves in the game by committing five turnovers. Burton has one of the premier defensive players in the state in linebacker Mikey Culbertson who has recorded over 500 career tackles.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Lawson Fitchko Stadium but has been moved to Carl Smith Stadium on the campus of UVA Wise. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m on Saturday afternoon.