Monday, September 29, 2014

VHSL Football Ratings Standings (thru Week 5)

The first set of compiled VHSL ratings for football were released today. Here are the standings pertaining to Chesterfield County teams....

6A SOUTH (divided into two 8-team "sub-regions": Conferences 1/2 and Conferences 3/4):

1) Cosby (27.750)
2) C.D. Hylton (26.250)
3) Patrick Henry-Roanoke (25.600)
4) Woodbridge (24.600)
5T) Thomas Dale (23.750)
      Forest Park (23.750)
7) Colonial Forge (23.600)
8) Varina (22.500)
10) James River (20.400)

5A SOUTH (divided into two 8-team "sub-regions": Conferences 9/10 and Conferences 11/12):

1T) L.C. Bird (28.500)
      Highland Springs (28.500)
3) Hermitage (27.500)
4) Manchester (26.800)
5) Henrico (25.500)
6) Atlee (24.000)
7) Douglas Freeman (23.000)
8) Prince George (21.500)
9) Mills Godwin (19.500)
10) Meadowbrook (18.750)
11) Matoaca (18.500)
12) Lee-Davis (17.750)
13) Clover Hill (17.250)

4A SOUTH (Top 16-team "all in" tournament format):

1) Lake Taylor (28.000: L.C. Bird's opponent on Friday)
2) King's Fork (25.500)
3) I.C. Norcom (24.800)
4) Monacan (23.800)
5) Heritage (23.400)
6) Phoebus (23.200)
7) Hanover (22.750)
8) Booker T. Washington (21.750)
9) Nansemond River (21.500)
10) Dinwiddie (20.750)
11) Churchland (20.400)
12) Powhatan (20.250)
13T) Tabb (19.750)
       Smithfield (19.750)
15) Lakeland (18.500)
16) Grafton (17.750)
17) Denbigh (16.800)
17) J.R. Tucker (16.000)
18) Glen Allen (15.250)
19) Midlothian (15.000)

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Here's the schedule of games across the area for Monday, September 29th:

Conference 3 Tournament (Cosby, Thomas Dale, James River) at Lake Chesdin GC, 9am
Conference 12 Tournament (Bird, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, Clover Hill, Manchester) at Dogwood, 8:30am
Conference 20 Tournament (Midlothian, Monacan) at Mattaponi Springs GC, 9am

Clover Hill at L.C. Bird, 4pm
Matoaca at Thomas Dale, 4pm (at Dale's 9th Grade Campus)
Deep Run at Cosby, 7pm
Midlothian at James River, 7pm
Monacan at Manchester, 7pm

Cosby at Atlee, 7pm (LISTEN LIVE on HCS Media Network by CLICKING HERE)
Matoaca at Manchester, 6pm
James River at Varina, 7pm

L.C. Bird at Mills Godwin, 7pm
Manchester at Matoaca, 7pm

Friday, September 26, 2014


#1 L.C. Bird 42, Monacan 7: Skyhawks win 33rd straight, scoring 31 unanswered from the second quarter on to move to 4-0, welcome Lake Taylor next Friday. Chiefs fall to 3-2.

#5 Manchester 47, Clover Hill 3: Lancers run away with their fifth straight win, head to Midlothian next week. Clover Hill gets #6 Cosby next Friday, who was idle this week.

#7 Thomas Dale 54, Hopewell 14: The Knights even their mark at 2-2 going away, huge statement victory to naysayers who didn't believe they earned their spot in the NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll.

James River 44, Midlothian 0: Rapids run away with the Coal Bowl, advance to 2-3, staying pace in the 6A South Region playoff race at the halfway point of their season. The Trojans are 0-5.

Meadowbrook 33, Matoaca 17: Finally a win for the Monarchs, who will need to likely win five of their last six if they want a spot in the 5A South Central Subregional beginning November 14th.

VISAA: Christchurch at Trinity Episcopal, 2pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thursday Schedule...

Monacan at L.C. Bird, 4:30pm
Cosby at Thomas Dale, 4pm (game at 9th grade campus)
Prince George at Clover Hill, 7pm

Manchester at Hermitage, 6pm
Colonial Heights at Thomas Dale, 7pm
Matoaca at Dinwiddie, 7:15pm
Meadowbrook at Prince George, 7:15pm
Monacan at Cosby, 7pm
Clover Hill at L.C. Bird, 7pm
James River at Midlothian, 7pm

Matoaca at Dinwiddie, 5:45pm
Meadowbrook at Prince George, 5:45pm
Colonial Heights at Thomas Dale, 5:45pm
Midlothian at James River, 7pm
L.C. Bird at Clover Hill, 7pm
Cosby at Monacan, 7pm
Hermitage at Manchester, 7:15pm

Clover Hill at Manchester, 6pm
James River at Midlothian, 6pm
L.C. Bird at Monacan, 7pm
Meadowbrook at Matoaca, 6pm
Hopewell at Thomas Dale, 6pm

L.C. Bird vs. Cosby (at First Tee), 3pm (weather permitting)

L.C. Bird at Monacan, 5pm

Wednesday Postponements...

Here is the latest list of postponements for today/tonight we have, with make-up dates posted in parentheses if available...

Cosby at Midlothian
James River at Monacan
Manchester at Clover Hill
Matoaca at Colonial Heights
Prince George at Thomas Dale (Thursday October 9th)

(accompanying JV Field Hockey matches are also postponed...)

Thomas Dale at Colonial Heights (Fort Lee)

Matoaca vs. Thomas Dale vs. Colonial Heights (at Pocahontas State Park)
Meadowbrook at Dinwiddie

Cosby at Halifax County (Monday Sept. 29th)
Trinity Episcopal at Prince George (Cancelled)

Hopewell at Thomas Dale (tomorrow, 9/25)
Meadowbrook at Matoaca (tomorrow, 9/25)

NEW NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll!

1) L.C. Bird (3-0, was #1)
2) Atlee (3-0, was #2)
3) Hermitage (3-0, was #3)
4) Highland Springs (3-0, was #4)
5) Manchester (4-0, was #5)
6) Cosby (4-0, was #7)
7) Thomas Dale (1-2, was #9)
8) Hanover (3-0, new to poll)
9) Dinwiddie (2-1, was #10)
10) Douglas Freeman (2-1, was #6)

(Dropping Out: Monacan, 3-1)

Monday, September 22, 2014

The LineUp: Tuesday September 23rd...

Here's a complete look at action around the county Tuesday:

Matoaca vs. Atlee vs. Colonial Heights, The Highlands, 4pm
Monacan vs. L.C. Bird vs. Manchester, Birkdale CC, 3pm
Clover Hill vs. James River vs. George Wythe at Salisbury CC, 3pm
Hermitage vs. Meadowbrook at First Tee, 4pm
Midlothian vs. Cosby vs. Huguenot, at Salisbury CC, 3pm

L.C. Bird at Matoaca, 4pm

Thomas Dale at Meadowbrook, 7:15pm
Petersburg at Matoaca, 7:15pm
Midlothian at Manchester, 6pm
Cosby at Clover Hill, 7pm
Monacan at James River, 7pm

Thomas Dale at Meadowbrook, 5:45pm
Petersburg at Matoaca, 5:45pm
Clover Hill at Cosby, 7pm
Manchester at Midlothian, 7pm
James River at Monacan, 7pm


James River 148, Monacan 165, Midlothian 180

Thomas Dale 7, Colonial Heights 0 (Knights to 2-1, host Prince George Wednesday, 4pm)

Glen Allen 3, Thomas Dale 0 (Knights fall to 2-4)

Virginia Union 3, Virginia State 0

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"The Line-Up": Monday's Action Schedule!

James River vs. Midlothian vs. Monacan at Stonehenge CC, 3pm

Richmond, VCU compete in Janney VCU Shootout, First 2 Rounds at Hermitage Country Club, All Day

Thomas Dale at Colonial Heights, 4pm

Thomas Dale at Glen Allen, 7pm

Virginia State at Virginia Union, 6pm

(NOTE: The Midlothian at Dinwiddie boys/girls volleyball doubleheader originally scheduled for today was postponed to October 22nd.)

Friday, September 19, 2014


(Rankings are based on latest NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll)

#1 L.C. Bird 43, James River 6: Skyhawks score 36 unanswered to roll over the Rapids and improve to 3-0. James River is now 1-3, and needing a win against Midlothian next week to climb back into the 6A South playoff race.

#5 Manchester 34, #8 Monacan 6: It's a combination of the Lancers simply being that good and the Chiefs falling down a bit to earth after their best start in 6 years. Daniel Rose threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns as the Lancers pulled away little by little throughout the contest, building the 34-0 lead by the end of three quarters. Monacan now has to get it together to head to L.C. Bird next week, while Manchester goes to Clover Hill.

Clover Hill 17, Midlothian 3: Congratulations to the Cavaliers for picking up their first win of the season, while the Trojans fell to 0-4. Frank Boyd ran for 104 yards and a touchdown in the victory, as Clover Hill goes to 1-2, and gets ready for the Lancers invasion next Friday.

#7 Cosby 44, Huguenot 0: East night for the 4-0 Titans, concluding their four-game homestand to start the season. After a bye week, they travel to Clover Hill and James River to start October, then host Manchester in a big matchup come October 17th. Tylon Wilmot scored on runs of 57 and 6 yards for Cosby.

Thomas Dale, Meadowbrook, Matoaca all idle this week...


(Rankings based on NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll....)

James River (1-2) at #1 L.C. Bird (2-0), 7:30pm: Well, if there was ever a time for the Rapids to make a statement, it's now. After being stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds at Douglas Freeman, then failing to hold on at home last week with Monacan, losing 14-7, the Rapids need a signature win. To escape Chester with a "W" would be a signature win and much more, but the odds are stacked against them. The Skyhawks had little more than a scrimmage with George Wythe last week, and still want to atone for having to produce a Hail Mary to beat Thomas Dale two weeks ago. They will be primed for the kill.

#5 Manchester at #8 Monacan, 7:30pm: The "arrival" of the Monacan Chiefs could be completed tonight with a win over a high-quality opponent in the Lancers. Monacan has already knocked off Dinwiddie on the road, through time will tell how good this year's Dinwiddie team is and whether the win was bigger or smaller in scope than we thought the night it happened. Manchester fought its way through to a win over Meadowbrook, and continues to impress all who see them. With a win, Monacan cements itself into serious 4A South playoff discussion, while a Lancers victory would help Manchester keep pace with Highland Springs, Hermitage if it beats Varina, and the winner of the Atlee/Freeman game.  Oh, and those Skyhawks, too.

Clover Hill (0-2) at Midlothian (0-3), 7:30pm: Talking with Midlothian students at their field hockey game at L.C. Bird Wednesday, there was high confidence coming into this contest that their elusive first win was at hand. To do it, the Trojans must find offense, and preferably early in the game. They must dictate the game to the Cavaliers. Playing from behind doesn't suit Midlothian. Clover Hill, meanwhile, needs a good night from Sal Sidoti, who had over 100 yards in the 35-21 loss to Prince George two weeks ago. Time of possession, on the road, will be huge for the Cavs.

Huguenot (0-3) at #7 Cosby (3-0), 7:30pm: The fourth and final game of a long season-opening homestand for the Titans should turn out to be an easy victory. The Falcons are, again, struggling this season. So tonight is all about execution, and getting a win without any key injuries. The Titans have a bye next week, then travel to Clover Hill and James River to start October. And remember, it's Neon Night!  :)

NOTE: Thomas Dale, Matoaca and Meadowbrook all have byes this week....

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

VHSL 2015-2017 Realignment Approved: The Changes....

Two schools move up in classification, while two others get new rivals and a new region name.

Just some of the changes made by the Virginia High School League Wednesday as the Executive Committee approved the Realignment plan of the Alignment Committee for the 2015-2017 Cycle. This process is not a byproduct of the recently implemented 1A-6A Reclassification, now in its second year. The VHSL makes adjustments to divisions based on student enrollment changes every two years.

This time, however, the changes were more pronounced, more sweeping, and more well-publicized in response to the new system, which has been met with wide disapproval statewide, by schools, student-athletes, even some superintendents. In August, appeals were heard based on the original plan put forward in June by the Alignment Committee, with many schools complaining about added financial costs, loss of classroom instruction time, and loss of natural rivalries, due to the new system, designed to create a more equitable playoff system for all schools, having them play schools of similar size.

As for the changes and how they affect Chesterfield schools....

1) Clover Hill and Manchester move up to the 6A Classification, which is the largest, based again on student enrollment figures. The Cavaliers and Lancers will go to the 6A South Region and join Conference 3, which also is home to Thomas Dale, Cosby, and James River. The lone non-Chesterfield school in Conference 3 will be Franklin County, a current conference member. Both Varina and Patrick Henry-Roanoke are moving down in Classification to 5A.

2) Conference 12 in 5A South will have a slightly different look. Joining L.C. Bird, Matoaca, Meadowbrook and Prince George will be Eastern Henrico rivals Varina, down from 6A, and Highland Springs, moving over from Conference 11 because it had too many schools. The Committee was charged to put five to eight teams in all conferences for balance. Glen Allen and J.R. Tucker both moved up from 4A South to 5A South and were assigned to Conference 11, giving it nine schools until the Alignment Committee proposed, successfully, to shift Highland Springs. Potential matchups in future Conference 12 basketball tournaments involving L.C. Bird, Meadowbrook, and Highland Springs, for example, are very intriguing.

3) Midlothian and Monacan remain in Conference 20 in 4A, whose region name will change from "4A South" to "4A East" beginning next season. Classifications 1A to 4A will have "East" and "West" regions, 5A and 6A will continue with "North" and "South". The Trojans and Chiefs welcome new Conference members Huguenot (up from 3A) and Powhatan, coming from Conference 19, which will be completely new next year.

ADDED NOTE: Also approved by the Executive Committee, a move whereby State Football Semifinals could be played on the first Friday night in December rather than be mandated to play on that Saturday. The game would be on Friday only if both participating schools agree. This is an attempt to avoid conflicts with SAT testing and to use Saturday as a make-up date if inclement weather affects Friday.


CONFERENCE 3 (6A South Region):
Clover Hill
Franklin County
James River
Thomas Dale

CONFERENCE 12 (5A South Region):
Highland Springs
L.C. Bird
Prince George

CONFERENCE 20 (4A East Region):

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll!

Rankings from last week are in parentheses, with current record and schedule for this week...

1) L.C. Bird (was #1, 2-0, host James River Friday, 7:30pm)

2) Atlee (was #2, 2-0, host #6 Douglas Freeman Friday, 7pm)

3) Hermitage (was #3, 2-0, travel to Varina Friday, 7pm)

4) Highland Springs (was #4, 3-0, idle this week, play Hanover 9/26)

5) Manchester (was #6, 3-0, travel to #8 Monacan Friday, 7:30pm)

6) Douglas Freeman (was #7, 2-0, travel to #2 Atlee Friday, 7pm)

7) Cosby (was #8, 3-0, host Huguenot Friday, 7:30pm)

8) Monacan (was #9, 3-0, host #5 Manchester Friday, 7:30pm)

9) Thomas Dale (back after one-week absence, 1-2, idle this week)

10) Dinwiddie (was #10, 2-1, idle this week)

Dropping Out: Varina (was #5)
Also Receiving Votes: Varina

Monday, September 15, 2014


Cosby 3, Clover Hill 0 (Titans unbeaten at 3-0, Cavaliers move to 3-3)
Thomas Dale 3, Mills Godwin 2 (Knights are 1-1)
James River 10, L.C. Bird 0 (Rapids improve to 3-3)
Midlothian 3, Manchester 0 (Trojans unbeaten at 6-0; Lancers now 2-4)

Petersburg 182, Meadowbrook 223
Manchester 163, Midlothian 174

Prince George 3, L.C. Bird 0 (25-22, 25-21, 26-24; Skyhawks are 2-3)
Colonial Heights 3, Manchester 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-14; Lancers now 1-5)
Thomas Dale 3, Monacan 1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22; Knights 2-2, Chiefs 2-4)
James River 3, Matoaca 0 (Warriors move down to 0-3)

Colonial Heights 3, Manchester 2 (25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 14-25, 15-10; Lancers are 3-3)
Hanover 3, Midlothian 1 (25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16; Trojans move to 4-5)

Friday, September 12, 2014


(Rankings based on NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Football Poll...)

#1 L.C. Bird 82, George Wythe 0
#6 Manchester 42, Huguenot 0
#8 Cosby 35, Midlothian 7
#9 Monacan 14, James River 7
Thomas Dale 21, #5 Varina 14
Matoaca 35, Clover Hill 0
Highland Springs 21, Meadowbrook 12


Monacan 3-0
Manchester 3-0
Cosby 3-0
L.C. Bird 2-0
James River 1-2
Thomas Dale 1-2
Matoaca 1-2
Clover Hill 0-2
Meadowbrook 0-3
Midlothian 0-3


James River (1-2) at #1 L.C. Bird (2-0)
#6 Manchester (3-0) at #9 Monacan (3-0)
Huguenot (0-3) at #8 Cosby (3-0)
Clover Hill (0-2) at Midlothian (0-3)

Thomas Dale (1-2), Matoaca (1-2), and Meadowbrook (0-3) are idle....

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Cosby 41, Midlothian 0
Thomas Dale 26, Varina 13
Manchester 41, Huguenot 0
Matoaca 34, Clover Hill 6

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW NBC12/WHAN Radio Football Top 10!

Here's the latest NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 High School Football Poll:

1) L.C. Bird (1-0, was #1, host George Wythe Friday)
2) Atlee (1-0, was #2, at Patrick Henry Friday)
3) Hermitage (1-0, was #3, host Colonial Forge Friday)
4) Highland Springs (2-0, was #4, at Meadowbrook Friday)
5) Varina (1-0, was #5, at Thomas Dale Friday)
6) Manchester (2-0, was #6, host Huguenot Friday)
7) Douglas Freeman (2-0, was #7, idle this week)
8) Cosby (2-0, was #9, host Midlothian Friday)
9) Monacan (2-0, new to poll, at James River Friday)
10) Dinwiddie (1-1, returns to poll, host Caroline Friday)

(Dropping Out: Goochland)
(Also Receiving Votes: James River)

Monday, September 8, 2014


Mother Nature throws a monkey wrench into most of our Monday schedule. Here are the changes:

Thomas Dale vs. Colonial Heights, Postponed
Matoaca vs. Dinwiddie, Postponed to Tuesday 9/9
Meadowbrook at Prince George, Postponed to Thursday 9/11

Deep Run at Thomas Dale, Postponed (both varsity and JV)
Monacan at L.C. Bird (Postponed to Thursday 9/25)
Manchester at Cosby (Postponed to Thursday 9/11, both varsity and JV)
Clover Hill at James River (Postponed to Thursday 9/11)

Tonight's volleyball doubleheader between Colonial Heights and Manchester at Manchester is still on for a 5:45 start, girls varsity playing first. Midlothian's girls teams also host Powhatan this evening, 5:45 JV, followed by varsity around 7pm.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Battle Of Chester: Relive The Hail Mary....

Miss the Hail Mary that gave #1 L.C. Bird a 20-15 victory on the final play of the latest edition of the Battle of Chester Friday night at #10 Thomas Dale?

CLICK HERE for "On The Sidelines" from NBC12 to see the play and hear from the Skyhawks!

Friday, September 5, 2014


We have a second candidate for Game of The Year 2014.

After the heartbreak of Meadowbrook losing on an 18-yard scramble with four seconds to go at Hermitage last week, we didn't expect an ending top it. But the Battle of Chester lived up to its billing for the first time in a few years, and then some.

Thomas Dale, #10 in our NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll from HCS Media Network, held a 15-14 for nearly the entire fourth quarter, before Jalen Elliott, new L.C. Bird quarterback, led the Skyhawks down the field in the final minute. The #1 team in our poll, L.C. Bird found themselves at the Knights' 43 with three seconds left.

Elliott picked up a low snap off the ground and had the presence of mind, and the protection from the offensive line, to launch a Hail Mary as time expired. And Daijuane Dorsey, who hadn't played offensively all night, answered the prayer, hauling in the pass in the end zone as the Skyhawks unbelievably won their 30th consecutive game, 20-15 over Thomas Dale.

The Skyhawks are 1-0, and next hold their home opener with George Wythe, who lost 80-0 Friday night in Charlottesville at Monticello. The Knights fall to 0-2, scoring 15 points in both losses, and now must get ready to host #5 Varina, who was idle this week.

Another good county team facing 0-2 is Meadowbrook, who, after giving a game away at Hermitage last Friday, came up just short at #6 Manchester, the Lancers getting the 26-21 victory. The Lancers defense sealed the victory with a final second goal line stand, ending the game on a stop on third down and goal.

Manchester next hosts 0-2 Huguenot, while the Monarchs hold their home opener next Friday against #4 Highland Springs, who beat Brooke Point 51-12 in Stafford Friday.

#9 Cosby is 2-0 as well, after getting a late lead against Matoaca and holding on for a shootout 44-36 victory. The Titans continue an early season homestand, the third of four straight home games in as many weeks, hosting Midlothian next Friday. The Trojans were shut out again, this time 41-0 at the hands of fellow 4A member Powhatan, to fall to 0-2.

Clover Hill opened their season in Prince George, falling to the Royals 35-21. The Cavaliers (0-1) will host Matoaca, now 0-2 after the Cosby loss, in their home opener next Friday.

For the James River Rapids, it was opportunity denied. After trailing throughout, the Rapids recovered a late fumble, advanced to the one-yard line, only to be turned away by the Douglas Freeman defense as the #7 Rebels literally held off the Rapids in the final seconds to secure a 17-13 victory. The Rapids are now 1-1 and get a big test next week when they host the Monacan Chiefs.

The Chiefs made another big statement this week, looking to break into the Top 10, defeating Mills Godwin 42-25 to move to 2-0. Last year, Monacan beat Godwin 27-26. The Chiefs traveling to the Rapids will be the best county vs. county matchup of "Week 2".

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NBC12/WHAN Radio High School Football Top 10!

Last week's ranking is in parentheses....

1) L.C. Bird (1)
2) Atlee (2)
3) Hermitage (3)
4) Highland Springs (4)
5) Varina (5)
6) Manchester (7)
7) Douglas Freeman (8)
8) Goochland (9)
9) Cosby (N/R)
10) Thomas Dale (10)

Dropping Out: Dinwiddie (6)
Others Receiving Votes: James River