Saturday, August 31, 2013

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Spiders Roll in Season Opener over VMI, Mother Nature....

Even a storm that never made Robins Stadium could stop the Richmond Spiders.

Extending their winning streak to five games going back to 2012, a year that ended miserably when they were not awarded a playoff spot, Richmond thumped VMI 34-0 in the 2013 season opener for both teams. It's the first season-opening shutout for the Spiders since a 13-0 win over Duke in 2006, and, incredibly, the 33rd season-opening shutout in school history.

"It was an unusual and unique night," said UR head coach Danny Rocco. "We played some pretty dominating football, but we just didn't have the rhythm we need offensively."

That sounds like a contradiction when looking at statistics. The Spiders had 539 total yards of offense, 226 on the ground. But Rocco was mindful of how, after an opening drive touchdown, his offense blew multiple opportunities to take a big lead in the first quarter. Passes from quarterback Michael Strauss (23-of-36, 265 yards, 3 touchdowns) missed their mark twice when receivers broke open in the corner of the end zone. Other similar events occurred.

"Man, this truly is a game of inches," senior co-captain wide receiver Ben Edwards said. "An arm stretched out more here or a pass not short-armed there. You never know. We should have had a much bigger lead early on."

The Spiders were able to make up for it in the last three minutes of the first half. Strauss found Edwards for a short pass on the far sideline. Edwards made a VMI defender miss badly, and he was off to the races for a 59-yard touchdown. Then, VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock's pass with 1:26 left was tipped into the air and grabbed by linebacker Walt Sparks, giving Strauss and company the ball at the Keydet 32.

The Spiders took full advantage, scoring on a TD strike from Strauss to Stephan Barnette from 12 yards with :36 left before halftime. It was 21-0 at locker room time.

That time was extended when, just before the second half kickoff, both teams were sent back in and fans asked to depart for cover as a lightning delay began. The same storm that delayed the UVA/BYU game by two hours, nine minutes, would delay this game for over an hour, even though the storm itself moved well south of Robins Stadium.

When asked by HCS about how his staff handled the delay, Rocco spoke at length about the importance of communication and conditioning in such a situation.

"First, I make sure I communicate with the players. They want to know what's happening. They deserve to know. I would walk into and out of the players area, keeping them posted. We had hydration, food for the players. I thought we came out well afterwards. But VMI is a well-regimented program. I knew they would come out of it (the delay) very well."

The Keydets had their opportunities, but penalties and turnovers, the achilles heels of any team, stopped their offense at any and every turn. The short-circuiting of their own fate is encapsuled in one statistic: Richmond was 4-of-5 in red zone opportunities. VMI never had one.

"It was just a plain whuppin," said VMI head coach Sparky Woods.

VMI's home opener is next Saturday against Glenville State. Meanwhile, the Spiders step up. Significantly. They go to Raleigh in six days to battle NC State.

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Henrico County players were featured on the Robins Stadium turf.

Hermitage grad, UR freshman wide receiver Brian Brown, had three receptions for 18 yards in his Spiders debut, while, across the way, Mills Godwin grad, freshman Dane Forlines, returned two kickoffs for 18 and 21 yards respectively, while catching two passes for 20 yards.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

VIRGINIA VOLLEYBALL SHOWCASE BEGINS TODAY!

Two days of top-flight volleyball action for 32 boys and girls teams at Richmond Volleyball Club!  Consult our Twitter feed (@henricosports) for a complete list of 1st day matchups for ALL participating Henrico County teams!

WEEK "0" FOOTBALL FINALS:

Glen Allen 35, Caroline 13
Hermitage 27, Meadowbrook 12
Varina 42, Mountain View 7
Douglas Freeman 35, Midlothian 0
James River 21, Deep Run 10

FRIDAY GAMES:

Highland Springs at Colonial Forge
J.R. Tucker at Henrico (listen LIVE at 6:45pm HERE at HenricoCountySports.net!)

LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT AT THIS LINK-----

Click the link below to listen LIVE to tonight's season opener between Caroline and Glen Allen!!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/blue67ccm

BROADCAST BEGINS AT 6:45PM!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FOOTBALL: OPENING NIGHT!!!

Here's the Henrico County schedule for Opening Night, Thursday August 29th:

Caroline at Glen Allen, 7pm (hear this game LIVE on HCS Media Network beginning at 6:45pm here at HenricoCountySports.net!!)

Hermitage at Meadowbrook, 7pm
James River at Deep Run, 7pm
Midlothian at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Mountain View at Varina, 7pm

Monday, August 26, 2013

MONDAY NEWS: Field Hockey, Volleyball Underway...

Mixed results for county teams as the 2013 season for sports other than golf got underway Monday, but we'll start with golf....

Glen Allen easily defeated Hermitage one-on-one, 174-237 at Hunting Hawk in Rockville Monday afternoon. Holden Davis led the way for the Jags with a 39 over the nine holes.

VOLLEYBALL: A great start to 2013 for a team on the rise, as Glen Allen swept Monacan in three sets Monday evening. Returning starter Lauren Wells paced the Jaguars to wins of 25-11, 25-19, and 25-16.

FIELD HOCKEY: Two tough 2-1 home losses greeted two county teams today in season openers. Mills Godwin took an early 1-0 lead on Atlee but seemed to run out of gas in the second half, as Atlee scored with just under 15 minutes left to tie and with just 3:10 to go to pull out a 2-1 victory. The Eagles fall to 0-1, as do the Henrico Warriors, who welcomed Patrick Henry to Azalea Avenue for their season opener and fell as well by a 2-1 count.

On the winning side, Glen Allen began 2013 across the river in Smoketree against new Conference 20 rival Monacan and came away with a 3-2 victory. The JV squad was also victorious.

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With wins today in golf, girls volleyball and field hockey, Glen Allen fall sports is off to a roaring start, and the football team hopes to win their season opener for the second straight year Thursday when they host Caroline.

If you can't make the game, LISTEN TO IT LIVE!!  HCS Media Network debuts its LIVE, season-long coverage of ALL high school sports with the Caroline at Glen Allen football game Thursday at 6:45pm.

Listen LIVE at the link that will be provided at the top of the page HERE at HenricoCountySports.net!!