Thursday, October 6, 2016

WEEK 7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW

#1 Manchester (5-0) at Midlothian (2-4), 7:30pm: The Lancers look to keep the success of the first half of the season into their second half, while the Trojans harbor hopes of an upset and, with it, a chance to jump into the top eight in 4A East, Conferences 19 and 20. A Midlothian win, coupled with a Chancellor win over Courtland, would do just that. But it's a very tall order, as Frank Boyd and company look to continue to build on their lead atop the 6A South eight-team sub-region standings of Conferences 3 and 4.

#7 Thomas Dale (4-1) at #2 Dinwiddie (5-0), 7pm: A classic Central District battle looms large this season. Can anyone slow Dinwiddie's offense down enough to stay in a game with them? So far, the answer has been no. But the Knights will, arguably, give them their toughest test yet. Remember, the Knights won this match-up in both 2014 and 2015. Bryce Witt and company haven't defeated Thomas Dale, the Generals' last win in this rivalry coming in the 4A State Championship season of 2013. The play of Witt, along with the Generals' defense, will be key to this one.

(#3 L.C. Bird (5-1) is idle....)

James River (3-2) at #10 Monacan (5-1), 7:30pm: After losing their first game Monday at L.C. Bird, badly, one of two things can happen with the Chiefs. They can come out firing on all cylinders to leave the experience behind and move on, or they can have a short week hangover, which would give the Rapids a chance to pull off the win. Remember, James River gave #1 Manchester all they wanted the week after the Lancers knocked off the Skyhawks before falling by just seven points, and the Rapids are in the thick of their 6A South Region playoff race. Just about anything could happen in this game. The winner will reap a lot of benefits in their fight for the postseason. Syour Fludd of Monacan and Jack Dash of James River have combined for 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season. Secondaries are going to get a workout tonight.

Meadowbrook (3-2) at Hopewell (3-2), 7:30pm: Merner Field should be a fun place Friday with two teams with some similarities, and some definite differences. The biggest difference has been the trajectory of the Monarchs, looking for their fourth straight win, versus the uneven results Hopewell has experienced this season, unable to put a big streak together, with battles still to come with Thomas Dale and Matoaca. How healthy is Cameren Hill? He's passed for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns, but also four interceptions.

OTHER GAMES:
George Wythe (1-4) at Clover Hill (0-5), 7:30pm
Huguenot (1-5) at Cosby (3-2), 7:30pm
Petersburg (2-3) at Matoaca (2-3), 7pm

NOTE: Follow @cfieldsports for score updates and finals throughout the evening.

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