If rain doesn't intensify come this afternoon, we hope to enjoy a full Week 6 schedule tonight!
GAME OF THE WEEK: Atlee (4-1) at Varina (5-0): Blue Devil tailback Herb Anderson is out for at least tonight's game due to a concussion suffered last Friday in the Armstrong victory. Others will step up, as undoubtedly coach Stu Brown's bench is filled with athletes. Will Atlee's suddenly jarring defense, who handed Hanover their first shutout loss since 2006 last week, be able to contain them? If so, will Tim Minor pass the Blue Devils to their 6th straight win?
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Mills Godwin (4-1) at Douglas Freeman (5-0): These teams haven't cared for each other for decades, so throw in Douglas Freeman's best start in 36 years and a four-game winning streak for the Eagles and you've got the makings of a classic confrontation. Godwin's offense finds the end zone in a variety of ways, but Freeman's defense hasn't been letting many people make it there. As for the Rebels, it's Kyle Farkas finding several receiving options with a potent running game mixed in. There hasn't been this much on the line in this rivalry in at least nine years.
Glen Allen (3-2) at Lee-Davis (2-3): Another shot at a "signature" win for Francel Smith's Jaguars as they look to get a road win over a team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances. But the Confederates will come in hungry, knowing they are currently on the outside looking in the Class 5A South playoff race now that it has been split into two eight-team races geographically for the 16 slots, rather than the Region taking the top 16 teams in VHSL Rider Points (like they should). Lee-Davis shut out Henrico on the road last week. Another defensive performance of that caliber could spell a long night for the Jags.
Armstrong (2-3) at Highland Springs (4-1): The Wildcats made life very interesting for Varina for a half last Friday before the Blue Devils pulled away easily. They won't do the same thing to Highland Springs, who are now hitting on all cylinders; winners of four straight including back-to-back road games (Hanover and Glen Allen). Look for a big night from QB DJ Johnson.
Henrico (3-2) at Hanover (2-3): In the suddenly new Class 5A South playoff picture, Henrico is one of four teams (including Lee-Davis mentioned above) that have a better VHSL Rating Point total than the #8 team in the "Conference 9/10 Zone" of Class 5A South but would still MISS the playoffs. Thus, EVERY game is now a must win for teams like the Warriors and the aforementioned Confederates. Losers of two straight, including a 21-0 home loss to Lee-Davis last week, Malik White and company must find the ignition switch to their offense. Hanover's stout defense certainly won't help, and Henrico comes into Hanover's homecoming to face a team on a three-game losing streak; something not experienced at Hanover in over 7 years. But games between these two produce interesting ebbs and flows, so this one is worth keeping an eye on tonight.
Hermitage (3-2) at Deep Run (0-5): This used to be the marquee matchup in the old Colonial District in the mid to late 2000s. No more. The Wildcats have hit rock bottom and now must face a hungry Panthers squad trying to improve their playoff seeding as well as getting ready for their home showdown next week against Douglas Freeman. I'm afraid it won't be close.
Patrick Henry (0-5) at JR Tucker (2-3): The bad news? PH has dominated this series, winning 9 of the last 10. The good news? Tucker is coming off back-to-back wins after an 0-3 start and, with a win tonight at Homecoming and, say, a Henrico win over Hanover, Tucker could be in the playoff chase in Class 4A South with just four weeks to go! Look for Tucker's offensive scheme to give the Patriots some fits. If there were ever a time Tucker could defeat their nemeses from Ashland, it's now.
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