For sheer action, drama, and offensive production, it'll be hard to ever top week seven of the 2013 high school football season!
We start at Chester Fritz Stadium, where Hermitage won their 13th straight over Douglas Freeman, 26-10, handing the Rebels their first loss of 2013. Running back Nate Roscoe ran for a school record 340 yards for the Panthers, who move to 5-2 and travel to Mills Godwin next week. Douglas Freeman goes to 6-1 and now must hit the road again next week against red-hot J.R. Tucker.
The Tigers went to Deep Run and scored more points tonight than the program did in the entire 2007 season, holding off the winless Wildcats 64-59. The 123 combined points places the game in the top 10 highest scoring games in VHSL history! Also making history was Tucker QB Mailk VanBrussell, who ran for...EIGHT touchdowns in the victory. That ties a VHSL record.
Deep Run is now 0-7, while Tucker, who started 0-3 and struggling on offense, have scored 111 points in their last two games. That may have never happened before in school history. At 4-3, they're in the Class 4A South playoff picture and will give Freeman all it can handle.
Big wins for both Eastern Henrico schools tonight, as Highland Springs won its 6th straight on the road, 41-14 at Lee-Davis. Quarterback DJ Johnson had a great night on any other week, but overshadowed by performances by the likes of VanBrussell and Roscoe, throwing for 4 touchdowns, 3 of them 55 yards or longer.
Varina bounced back for their first loss by easily handling fading Henrico, also on the road, 54-10. Corey Finney stepped in for the injured Tim Minor at quarterback, threw three touchdowns passes for the Blue Devils, who are now 6-1. The Warriors lose their fourth straight and are 3-4 and fading fast in the Class 5A South playoff race.
Also fading: Glen Allen. They were trampled, 70-0 at Homecoming by visiting Atlee, who had two touchdowns via Pick Six plays, a punt return for a TD, and four TDs for running back Loumond Dandridge. The Jaguars fall to 3-4 and likely need to win 2 of their last 3 for a Class 4A South playoff berth. They go to Varina next week and to Henrico November 1st before finishing at home versus Hanover November 8th.
Mills Godwin kept in the Class 5A South playoff race (currently 8th in an 8-team playoff field) with a 28-12 win at home over winless John Marshall.