Huge games tonight as the drive for the playoffs hits overdrive!
Highland Springs (7-1) must travel to Atlee (7-1) in a battle of teams currently in a dead heat, tied for 3rd place in the Central Zone of Class 5A South. The winner will get an inside track on overtaking second-seeded Douglas Freeman for not just one, but two possible home games to start the postseason.
The Rebels (7-1) may fall due to inferiority of their final opponents. Tonight is Senior Night at Freeman as they face 3-5 Thomas Jefferson. Even with a win, they may not receive enough VHSL rider points for the victory to keep the Springers/Raiders winner from leapfrogging them. The Rebels are just 1/4 of a point ahead going into Week 9 (29.38 vs. 29.13).
The loser will be in danger of not only landing in the #4 spot, but could even slip in Week 10 to #5, which would, at this moment, mean a road game TO Hermitage (6-2) November 15th, and not the Panthers coming to them. The Panthers, after unbeaten LC Bird and Dinwiddie, are arguably the hottest team in the Central Region and have Homecoming tonight vs. winless John Marshall. The disadvantage for Hermitage will be a win over the 3A opponent will yield few bonus points.
Glen Allen is in desperate need of a victory to keep their Class 4A South hopes alive as they travel to Henrico. Both teams are 3-5. Glen Allen is still in the Top 16, but risk falling out without at least one more win. Henrico, in 5A, is essentially out of their playoff race with too many teams between them and the top 8 to overcome in just two games.
Two teams also needing a win, in this case to solidify precarious playoff positioning, face off in the West End, as 5-3 Mills Godwin, now behind Lee-Davis for the 8th and final spot in Class 5A South Central Zone, goes to 4-4 J.R. Tucker, who are in the 16th and final playoff spot in Class 4A South with two weeks to go.
Varina, at 7-1, tries to cement their top seed in Class 6A South when they visit 4-4 Hanover, who are falling in the Class 4A South race and needs a win this week, or next at Glen Allen, to ensure an 11th game.
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