The realization finally came over Chester when Lake Taylor earned their second first down in a drive that began with 2:41 left in a 29-22 game. The Skyhawks of L.C. Bird ran out of timeouts.
The streak was over.
Lake Taylor, the top seed in the 4A South Region, came up Interstate 64 and returned the favor, avenging a seven-point loss at home to L.C. Bird last year with a seven-point win of their own Friday. The #1 team in the NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll had been vanquished.
Stephen Mines did all he could to keep the Skyhawks in business, rushing for 262 yards and two touchdowns. L.C. Bird last lost to Hermitage on November 25, 2011 in the old Central Region Group AAA Division 6 Region Finals. They are now 4-1. Lake Taylor advanced to 5-0.
News of the streak ending was welcomed in both Titan and Lancer Nation, and there are two unbeatens left in the county. Fourth-ranked Manchester improved to 6-0 with an easy 51-7 win over Midlothian, while in their first road game of the year, fifth-ranked Cosby moved to 5-0, shutting out Clover Hill 40-0. The Trojans are 0-6 while the Cavaliers fall to 1-4.
#8 Thomas Dale wins a track meet behind the feet of Eric Finney, 49-30 at Prince George for the Knights' third-straight win to move to 3-2. Prince George will likely fall out of the Top 8 in 5A South Central Sub-Region standings with the defeat, coupled with wins by Mills Godwin (#9) and Meadowbrook (#10).
The Monarchs moved to 2-3, trying to keep the Top 8 in 5A South Central within their sights, 42-14 over Hopewell. Quarterback DeAngelo Amos accounted for three touchdowns, including two by ground.
Matoaca kept pace in 5A South, albeit behind Meadowbrook, defeating Colonial Heights 48-21 after scoring 34 points in the first half.
Monacan held steady in the 4A South playoff race (ranked fourth coming into tonight), routing George Wythe 60-0 to move to 4-2, while James River not only kept pace in 6A South with a 42-14 win over Huguenot to improve to 3-3, they cheered when they heard Armstrong stunned Varina 46-24. Entering Friday, Varina was the eighth and final seed in the 6A South Sub-Region consisting of Conferences 3 and 4. James River was in tenth, two spots out of the postseason.
We'll see how much closer they pull to the magic #8 berth on Monday.
#8 Thomas Dale (3-2) at Meadowbrook (2-3), 7pm
Petersburg at Matoaca (2-3), 7pm
Midlothian (0-6) at #1 L.C. Bird (4-1), 7:30pm
#5 Cosby (5-0) at James River (3-3), 7:30pm
Huguenot at Monacan (4-2), 7:30pm
Clover Hill (1-5) at George Wythe, 7:30pm
(#4 Manchester is idle...)