October 5, 2009
2008 was a season that the Charlottesville football team would like to forget. The Black Knights finished 1-9 and in sixth place in the Jefferson District. 2009, however, has been a different story, as the Knights have a winning record halfway through their season.
Charlottesville is currently 3-2 and riding a three game winning streak. The Knights were 0-5 a year ago at this time and have definitely made a great deal of improvements. After an 0-2 start, Chris Fraser's team turned things around, and topped Albemarle for its first win of the season in its home opener. The next week saw Charlottesville hit the road to Goochland, where the Black Knights upset the Bulldogs in dominating fashion, 23-6, and got their latest win against William Monroe this past Friday, 34-17.
The Black Knights have relied on several play-makers. Freshman quarterback Ben Wilhelm has seen a majority of the snaps under center, while Maurice Jackson has seen some time at signal caller as well. Wide receiver Adrian Thurston has asserted himself as the go-to receiver for Charlottesville, as he has at least one touchdown catch in each of the three Black Knight victories.
Charlottesville has a tough challenge this Friday, when the Knights welcome Western Albemarle to their home field. Both teams are 2-0 in Jefferson District play, but the Warriors are 5-0 on the season, and have been relatively dominant in each of their wins. They topped Louisa 26-7 their last time out.
Western Albemarle and Charlottesville will mark our Friday Night EndZone Game of the Week. Click on the above video link to hear from Black Knights' head coach Chris Fraser, and check back for previews of Friday's match up.