The Gloucester and Mathews varsity football teams played in preseason scrimmages last week to gear up for their Sept. 2 season openers. In photo at top, GHS senior quarterback Derek Zarichny (#10) pitches the ball to his running back in Friday night’s contest against the Poquoson Bull Islanders. Below, MHS junior quarterback Ryan Ewell (#2) eludes a Jamestown tackler in last Thursday’s scrimmage at Cooley Field in Williamsburg. Following a final scrimmage on Friday against Grafton, Gloucester opens its 2011 season against Bethel. Mathews, meanwhile, will host Charles City tonight in a final preseason tune-up, hosting Middlesex in the season opener. Photos by Charlie Koenig.