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Friday, September 19, 2014

FOOTBALL FINALS....

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

#3 Hermitage 22, Varina 15: It's hard to beat Varina at home, even tougher when you lose your quarterback to injury in the first half. Rashad Robinson suffered an ankle injury and did not return, paving the way for young Eli Odom to step in and lead his team to victory.  Odom scored two rushing touchdowns as the Panthers held off a late Blue Devil charge to improve to 3-0.

Next week, Hermitage will play on Saturday at Thomas Jefferson, in what's scheduled to be the final meeting between these two long-time Colonial District rivals. They've played each other since 1951.

Varina, however, smarting at 1-2, will go to Mechanicsville to battle another smarting 1-2 team, Lee-Davis, victims of Patrick Henry tonight 17-14 in the Tomato Bowl.

Mills Godwin 37, Glen Allen 16: The Eagles get a first win for new head coach Logan McPherson, easily handling the struggling Jaguars, who have been outscored 83-24 in their two losses. Wesley Dugger ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns for the 1-2 Eagles. Both Jaguar TD's came via the arm of quarterback Jeremy Lacy, both were completed to University of Virginia committ Cole Blackmon.

Mills Godwin gets Patrick Henry at home next week, with the winner evening their record at 2-2, while Glen Allen celebrates Homecoming with a game against 3-0 Armstrong, who romped over previously unbeaten Colonial Heights Friday night.

#2 Atlee 49, #6 Douglas Freeman 7: Now we know the Rebels did take a step back from 2013. The Rebels took this game 24-14 last season, and, in the playoff rematch at Atlee, hung tough before the Atlee defense wore them out for a 24-10 win. Tonight, Atlee, again, ran roughshod on offense, as Loumond Dandridge had three rushing touchdowns, and the Rebels never threatened, falling to 2-1.

Freeman next gets winless Deep Run at home next Friday, a good chance to get this bad taste out of their mouths and mount a run back to the 5A South Playoffs.

#4 Highland Springs, J.R. Tucker, Henrico, and Deep Run all were idle this week.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Rankings are based on the latest NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll....

It's Week 4, and with Henrico, Deep Run, J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs all enjoying byes, five teams get set for action in three key games.

#3 Hermitage (2-0) at Varina (1-1), 7pm: The Blue Devils' special teams let them down in their 21-14 road loss to Thomas Dale last week as they fell out of the Top 10, a surprise to some. Varina can vault right back into the listings if they hand Hermitage their first loss tonight. The Panthers have shown some of their usual might, but were given a last chance to win their opener with Meadowbrook (they did) and didn't put away Colonial Forge when they had them down big in the second half last Friday. One team asserts themselves into the conversation of top teams in the area with a win tonight.

#6 Douglas Freeman (2-0) at #2 Atlee (2-0), 7pm: This quiet little non-district series quickly got the attention of the Central Region with their 49-48 track meet of a game in 2012 won by Freeman with three seconds to play. Last year, the Rebels handed Atlee their only regular season loss, 24-14. So Douglas Freeman looks for its third straight regular season win tonight over the Raiders. Looming large, though, is Douglas Freeman's last trip to Atlee, a November 22, 2013 playoff game won by the Raiders 24-10, when Atlee's defense suffocated the Rebels in the second half. The winner has a big edge in the race to keep pace with #1 L.C. Bird in 5A South Central.

Glen Allen (1-1) at Mills Godwin (0-2), 7pm: Which Jaguar team shows up tonight? The one who easily handled Caroline in their opener, or the one that got pasted 46-8 at home by rival J.R. Tucker two weeks ago. They've had 14 days to stew over that performance. It's hard to believe they won't be ready for tonight. But they face an Eagles team smarting as well, and in need of a win to begin to keep pace in the 5A South Central playoff hunt. They have to get the offense going after putting up just nine points in their home opening loss to Lee-Davis one week ago. Mills Godwin leads the all-time series 3-0.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

4A South becomes 4A East, but Henrico County won't care, because all nine high schools will reside in 5A South.

Two teams avoid a move to 5A North, putting seven county teams in the same conference.

Just some of the results of Wednesday's Virginia High School League (VHSL) vote on Conference and District Realignment for the 2015-2017 cycle.

The biggest change proposed originally by the VHSL's Alignment Committee, moving Mills Godwin and Deep Run from 5A South Region, Conference 11 to 5A North Region, Conference 16 with Atlee, was appealed by both schools and the county at the August 11 appeals hearing. The committee changed its mind and recommended the Wildcats and Eagles stay in Conference 11, which was part of the approved plan Wednesday by the Executive Committee.

Biggest changes:

1) Glen Allen and J.R. Tucker both move up from 4A to 5A South Region. Schools are assigned levels of classification (1A to 6A, 6A being the largest schools) based on student enrollment size. Both the Jaguars and Tigers move to Conference 11.

2) Varina moves down in classification from 6A to 5A. They will be assigned to Conference 12, which is currently comprised of only schools south of the James River (Chesterfield County and Prince George).

3) Highland Springs will shift from Conference 11 to Conference 12 to join Varina because Conference 11 could not have nine teams. This move makes Conference 12 consists of six teams, and puts natural rivals together for postseason play.

4) In District realignment (yes, Districts still exist and are used for regular season scheduling), Glen Allen was traded from the Capital to the Colonial District in exchange for Patrick Henry. This was done so the Jaguars could play their West End neighbors twice a season in most sports (baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey, basketball, etc.), and places the Patriots with their Hanover County brethren.

NEW CONFERENCES EFFECTIVE AUGUST, 2015:

5A SOUTH REGION:

CONFERENCE 11:
Deep Run
Douglas Freeman
Glen Allen
J.R. Tucker
Henrico
Hermitage
Lee-Davis
Mills Godwin

CONFERENCE 12:
Highland Springs
L.C. Bird
Matoaca
Meadowbrook
Prince George
Varina


Mills Godwin 2014 Hall Of Fame Class Event!

Here is complete information on the Mills Godwin Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and the induction event next weekend:

CLASS OF 2014:
Aljosa Piric
Bobby Foley
Mike Feller
Kate Harrington
Jason Lerner
Marta Thacker
Beth Tyson
Scott Mahone
Skeeter and Dennis Hickman

Friday September 26th: Class announced at halftime of the football game versus Patrick Henry.

Saturday September 27th: Induction Ceremony and Dinner, 6pm, School Commons

Tickets are $25 and are available at the school. Contact Activities Director Ryan Molloy for information at 750-2600 or ramolloy@henrico.k12.va.us.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOOTBALL: 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

MONDAY FINALS....

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:
Varina 3, J.R. Tucker 2
Hermitage 3, Highland Springs 1 (25-22, 25-11, 23-25, 28-26)

BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
Varina 3, J.R. Tucker 2 (19-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-15, 15-11)
Hermitage 3, Highland Springs 2 (23-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13)

FIELD HOCKEY:
Thomas Dale 3, Mills Godwin 2
Henrico 7, Hermitage 0
Deep Run 1, Douglas Freeman 0
Highland Springs 1, Varina 0

GOLF:
Atlee 160, Lee-Davis 188, Varina 228
Glen Allen 166, Henrico 205

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOOTBALL FRIDAY SCOREBOARD...

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

#3 Hermitage 56, Colonial Forge 41
#4 Highland Springs 21, Meadowbrook 12
Thomas Dale 21, #5 Varina 14
Henrico 41, Deep Run 0
Hanover 45, J.R. Tucker 13
Lee-Davis 14, Mills Godwin 9

(#7 Douglas Freeman and Glen Allen were idle...)

RECORDS:

Highland Springs 3-0
Henrico 3-0
Hermitage 2-0
Douglas Freeman 2-0
Varina 1-1
Glen Allen 1-1
J.R. Tucker 1-2
Mills Godwin 0-2
Deep Run 0-3

NEXT WEEK:

#3 Hermitage (2-0) at #5 Varina (1-1)
#7 Douglas Freeman (2-0) at #2 Atlee (2-0)
Glen Allen (1-1) at Mills Godwin (0-2)

Henrico, Highland Springs, J.R. Tucker and Deep Run are idle...