Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week 6 Football Preview!

Let's take a look at all the action across the county, all now on Monday, as we hit the halfway point of the season for some teams, while others were scheduled to begin their second half even before the calendar switches to October. (NOTE: Rankings based on latest NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll)

#6 Monacan (5-0) at #4 L.C. Bird (4-1), MONDAY, 6pm: Two weeks ago, another team ranked sixth at the time in our NBC12/RVA Sports Network poll, Manchester, came to Chester and handed the Skyhawks, then ranked #1, their first defeat. Now, another unbeaten #6 team, the Monacan Chiefs, come to Skyhawk Nation hoping to do the same thing. The Chiefs can score, in bunches, and if there is one thing Manchester proved two weeks ago, it was you can score on L.C. Bird, if you are talented and have the weapons. Monacan does. So, the bigger question on this night will be how well the Monacan defense can slow down Shedrick McCall, who piled up nearly 200 rushing yards, along with four touchdowns, in L.C. Bird's conquest of Clover Hill a week ago.

The playoff picture now enters this game, too, as the Chiefs are battling four other unbeaten teams within their Conference 19/20 sub-region in 4A East. Monacan is fourth in VHSL points (25.2), ahead of Dinwiddie (25.0), but behind Louisa (27.0), Eastern View (25.6) and Powhatan (25.5). The Chiefs haven't seen a team like L.C. Bird so far this season, while the Skyhawks have already battled, and beaten, Meadowbrook and Thomas Dale before falling to the Lancers. L.C. Bird is second in the Conference 11/12 sub-region in 5A South, 1.5 points behind unbeaten Douglas Freeman. A win for L.C. Bird likely puts them into the lead in that eight-team playoff race, even with a Douglas Freeman win over a two-win Thomas Jefferson team.

George Wythe (1-3) at #1 Manchester, MONDAY 7:30pm: Frank Boyd and company will come in hoping to simply secure a victory, have nobody get hurt, so Manchester can prepare for a three-game road trip which includes a visit to Chester Fritz Stadium and #3 Hermitage in two weeks. The Bulldogs, fighting for their own playoff position in 3A East, will be severely undermanned against the talent of the Lancers, who lead their 6A South Region eight-team pod between Conferences 3 and 4 by over two points. After this game, Manchester's next battle on their home turf isn't until October 28th when Monacan comes in.

Prince George (2-2) at #8 Thomas Dale (3-1), MONDAY 6pm: A Central District battle as the Knights try to solidify their playoff positioning in 6A South, Conference 3/4, currently fifth. Meanwhile, the Royals are in a dogfight that we've discussed all season on our "Central Region Now!" Podcasts in 5A South, as five teams are currently 2-2. Meadowbrook is ranked seventh in VHSL points, Varina and Matoaca are tied for the eighth and final playoff berth, with Mills Godwin a quarter-point behind them, and Prince George 1.5 points behind the Eagles. A win tonight vaults Prince George into the 5A South playoff picture. The Knights need to avoid the upset, and usually do very well at home. They also want another win to help them get ready for a trip to currently unbeaten Dinwiddie next Friday.

Chancellor (3-1) at James River (2-2), MONDAY 6pm: The Rapids showed the non-believers last week that they can hang with the best teams in the area, giving Manchester a scare before falling 41-34. Most coaches will tell you there are no "moral victories", but last week's affair, we believe, falls into that category. Now James River has plenty of confidence as Chancellor, fighting for playoff position in a suddenly very tough 4A East Region, comes to Chesterfield. The Rapids, currently in the eighth and final position in their sub-region in 6A South, will also look to avenge last year's 42-7 loss in Fredericksburg. It doesn't get any easier, as the Rapids go to Monacan next week before they return to The Swamp for their annual battle with Midlothian.

Meadowbrook (2-2) at Colonial Heights (0-4), MONDAY 6pm: The Monarchs, after starting 0-2 by falling to L.C. Bird and Hermitage, caught fire in their 8-7 win over Highland Springs, and now look for a third straight win, and possibly a second straight shutout, as the Colonials will go without their starting quarterback. Meadowbrook is in the dogfight that is 5A South and will be rooting for teams like Henrico and Dinwiddie to knock off the likes of Varina and Matoaca to give Meadowbrook some separation in the VHSL point standings as the second half of the season begins. Still to come for the Monarchs are battles with Hopewell, Thomas Dale, and Dinwiddie.

#2 Dinwiddie (4-0) at Matoaca (2-2), MONDAY 7pm: Matoaca may have the biggest challenge in the "Group Of Five" in 5A South this week, having to handle a Dinwiddie offense that is averaging 59 points per game. More importantly, in our view, is the work of Dinwiddie's defense, as Omar Tyson and company held Hopewell at bay until they score some late touchdowns that didn't matter in that 63-21 triumph last Friday. The Warriors must slow down the Generals' express AND try to score enough points to stay within striking distance in the fourth quarter. Playing at home will help.

Midlothian (1-4) at Huguenot (1-4), MONDAY 6pm: The winner here draws a step closer to staying in the 4A East Region playoff race, but will still be far behind teams like Chancellor and King George, currently in the sixth and seventh position in the Conference 19/20 eight-team pod. The victor also is rooting for Liberty-Bealeton to knock off Courtland, who is struggling this season, and is eight in playoff points, but less than a point ahead of both the Trojans and Falcons. Surprisingly behind both of these teams is Hanover, struggling at 1-3, their only win over a winless J.R. Tucker team. The road to a postseason bid for tonight's loser becomes extremely difficult.

Clover Hill (0-4) at Cosby (2-2), MONDAY 7pm: The Titans begin play in seventh place in 6A South in their sub-region of Conference 3 and 4, only a half-point ahead of James River, with Riverbend right on their heels. There can't be any slip-up here as Cosby needs to hold serve at home, After hosting Huguenot for Homecoming next week, it's a trip to L.C. Bird, followed by the Rapids coming to the Titans on October 21st in what could be a battle to ensure a trip to the postseason to the winner.

Friday, September 23, 2016

WEEK 5 FOOTBALL FINALS

#1 Manchester 41, James River 34

#4 L.C. Bird 64, Clover Hill 7

#8 Monacan 56, Huguenot 8

#10 Thomas Dale 56, Colonial Heights 7

Meadowbrook 23, Petersburg 0

Matoaca 22, Prince George 20

Midlothian 36, George Wythe 6

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WEEK 5 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

(All rankings based on latest NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll....)

James River (2-1) at #1 Manchester (3-0), 7:30pm: After a win of historic proportions at L.C. Bird last week knocking the Skyhawks off the top of the poll, does the new #1 team experience a letdown this week? With a chance now to build a very special season, it's hard to believe head coach Tom Hall will let that happen. Plus, this is another chance for the Lancers to earn more VHSL points in a quest now to earn home field advantage far into the 6A South Region playoffs. The Rapids, however, led #9 Douglas Freeman two weeks ago in the fourth quarter before falling to the Rebels. Military Appreciation Night at Manchester should be fun.

#4 L.C. Bird (3-1) at Clover Hill (0-3), 7:30pm: There is still an absolute ton to play for if you are L.C. Bird, including the #1 seed in 5A South Central come November 4th. So, you better believe the Skyhawks will be refocused and ready when they hit the buses this afternoon. They will want to use tonight's game to sharpen everything possible, as #8 Monacan comes to Chester next Friday. For the Cavaliers, this will be undoubtedly a tough test. A trip to Cosby next week, followed by games with George Wythe and Huguenot in early October will give Clover Hill chances for wins.

#8 Monacan (4-0) at Huguenot (1-3), 7:30pm: The Chiefs look to finish the first half of their schedule (on September 23!) with another victory. The offense is getting better every week, and tonight is a final chance to get the game plan ready for their aforementioned trip to Chester to face L.C. Bird next Friday. First things first, deal with a Falcons team that did score 28 points on #1 Manchester two weeks ago.

Colonial Heights (0-3) at #10 Thomas Dale (2-1), 7pm: The Knights get back to action after their bye week looking to slow down Terry Lufsey and the Colonials' offense, which has steadily improved point production each week. Colonial Heights' problem is their defense has been torched, giving up nearly 51 points a game. That's music to the Knights' ears, who will look to win back-to-back home games, tonight, then next Friday against Prince George, before having to head to #2 Dinwiddie on October 7th.

Matoaca (1-2) at Prince George (2-1), 7:30pm: It's amazing how many "big" games with playoff implications we've already seen across the Central Region this season. Count this one among them. Right now, in 5A South Central, you have unbeatens in Lee-Davis, Henrico and Douglas Freeman. After them, the one-loss powers of L.C. Bird, Highland Springs and Hermitage. Then there is a large group of teams that will, possibly, be fighting for the final two of the eight postseason bids up for grabs between Conferences 11 and 12. These two teams are among them, joining Meadowbrook, Mills Godwin, and Varina. Tonight's winner gets a large advantage in that fight, especially if Prince George can get to 3-1 to end this long homestand. The pressure is more on the Warriors at this point.

Petersburg (2-1) at Meadowbrook (1-2), 7pm: We just mentioned the Monarchs, who will now spend the rest of the season rooting especially for Highland Springs, as a win over, say, a 9-1 Springers squad gives the Monarchs important extra points in the complicated VHSL formula which determines the playoff seeding. First, MBK must make sure they can build on the momentum of two weeks ago by handing the Crimson Wave their second straight loss. Petersburg's bid for 3-0 fell just short, 17-12 at James Monroe last week.

George Wythe (1-2) at Midlothian (0-4), 7pm: The Trojans will look to grab their first victory of the season, but the Bulldogs plan to be no pushover, having won their first game over a VHSL opponent to start the season, 8-6 over Armstrong. This is likely to be the best shot for Midlothian to get a home victory this season.

NOTE: Cosby (2-2) is idle this week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Field Hockey Postponements

The following matches have been postponed due to the wet weather on Wednesday:

#2 Midlothian at #4 Clover Hill, ppd to Friday, October 14th, 4pm

#6 Cosby at James River, ppd to Thursday September 22nd, 7pm

Friday, September 16, 2016

WEEK 4 FOOTBALL FINALS:

#6 Manchester 21, #1 L.C. Bird 14 (Lancers win second over Skyhawks in last three seasons, improve to 3-0, Bird is 3-1)

#10 Monacan 61, Clover Hill 27 (Chiefs roll with a big first quarter to move to 4-0; tied for best record in the Central Region.....)

Cosby 34, Midlothian 20 (Titans repel late Trojan comeback to even their record at 2-2)

James River 63, Huguenot 30 (Two straight home wins for the Rapids, who next must face Manchester)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ticket Information For Manchester at L.C. Bird Football

The showdown is set for Friday at 7:30 as Manchester comes to L.C. Bird. Here is how the Skyhawks are handling ticket sales this week. It's also Military Appreciation Night and the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction night for L.C. Bird, a big night in Chester.

PRE-SALE OF TICKETS:

Thursday (9/15): 10:30a to 12:30p at all lunches

Thursday (9/15): During Back To School night in large commons

Friday (9/16): 10:30am to 12:30pm at all lunches

A reminder that tickets are eight dollars, which is now standard pricing for all Dominion District home games this season.


Friday, September 9, 2016

WEEK 3 FOOTBALL FINALS

Meadowbrook 8, #1 Highland Springs 7

#2 L.C. Bird 62, Midlothian 0

#6 Manchester 62, Huguenot 28

#8 Thomas Dale 22, Varina 13

#11 Monacan 29, #12 Cosby 7

James River 47, George Wythe 6

Matoaca 50, Clover Hill 14

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Skyhawks Steady, Lancers, Chiefs Move Up in Big 12 Poll....

The latest NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll was released Monday night, seeing Manchester slide up a spot nearer to the top five, while Monacan added a notch and Cosby returned to the survey.

1) Highland Springs (2-0, was #1, at Meadowbrook, 7pm)
2) L.C. Bird (2-0, was #2, at Midlothian, 7:30pm)
3) Dinwiddie (2-0, was #3, vs. Caroline, 7pm)
4) Hermitage (1-1, was #4, IDLE)
5) Henrico (1-0, was #6, vs. Deep Run, 7pm)
6) Manchester (1-0, was #7, vs. Huguenot, 7:30pm)
7) Hopewell (1-0, was #9, at Powhatan, 7pm)
8) Thomas Dale (1-1, was #4, vs. Varina, 7pm)
9) Lee-Davis (1-0, was #11, at Prince George, 7:30pm)
10) Douglas Freeman (2-0, was #10, IDLE)
11) Monacan (2-0, was #12, vs. #12 Cosby, 7:30pm)
12) Cosby (1-1, returns to poll, at #11 Monacan, 7:30pm)

Also Receiving Votes: Benedictine
Dropping Out: Hanover (0-1, was #8)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Week 2 County Football Scoreboard

THURSDAY NIGHT:

#10 Douglas Freeman 31, James River 14
#12 Monacan 47, Glen Allen 16
Prince George 28, Clover Hill 24
Powhatan 33, Midlothian 13

FRIDAY NIGHT:

#2 L.C. Bird 33, #4 Thomas Dale 0
Cosby 21, Matoaca 14
#5 Hermitage 41, Meadowbrook 13

#7 Manchester was idle this week.