Friday, November 15, 2013

PLAYOFFS BEGIN! GAME BY GAME PREVIEW.....

The playoffs begin TONIGHT!  Here's a preview of each game involving county schools including one county-vs-county showdown in 5A South!

6A SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTERS: #8 Woodbridge (6-4) at #1 Varina (8-2), 7pm
--Woodbridge Vikings losses were to Battlefield (#12 6A North), Patriot (#6 6A North), CD Hylton (#2 seed) and Forest Park (#5 seed). Given up 40 or more points twice, three of four losses by 23 points or more.  Vikings’ 4th consecutive six-win regular season. Varina coming off 10 point loss to rival Highland Springs, 45-35, strength of schedule, eight wins helped Blue Devils earn top seed in Central Zone...

5A SOUTH CENTRAL QUARTERS: 

#8 Mills Godwin (7-3) at #1 L.C. Bird (10-0), 7pm

--Eagles lost to Monacan, Hermitage, Douglas Freeman, all playoff teams.  Bird has 24-game winning streak, last lost to Hermitage in 2011 Division 6 Central Region Finals, 10-0. Gave up 14 points twice in regular season; outscored opponents 504-48. Closest game: 21-14 win at Lake Taylor October 4th. Earl Hughes is area’s leading rusher with 1,799 yards, making all forget about Paul Robertson from 2012, save his playoff run.  Recorded five shutouts.

#6 Manchester (8-2) at #3 Douglas Freeman (9-1)
--Lancers’ two losses to Meadowbrook and last week to LC Bird 34-14, had 7-game winning streak in between.  Defense allowed 19 points or less in all 8 wins, 20 or more in two losses. Freeman’s lone loss was 26-10 at Hermitage.  Kyle Farkas has receivers, Gerstenmeier and company rushing, only team to beat Atlee, but only have two wins over playoff teams (Raiders, Godwin). Averaged 15.4 per game given up on defense, 41 of them in OT win Week 2 over James River, so 113 over nine games.

#5 Hermitage (8-2) at #4 Highland Springs (8-2)
--Powerhouse first round matchup. Nate Roscoe averages 170 yards rushing per game, set single game school record in Freeman win. Began 1-2 (CF and Varina), 7-0 since, allowing 58 points in that span, 21 of those to Tucker last week in 47-21 win. Arguably should be 9-1 and hosting this game.  Highland Springs rebounded from Atlee loss to knock off rival Varina 45-35 Friday night. Missed playoffs last two seasons, knocked out in first round in 2010, 2009, 2007, last playoff win was 2006 (18-7 over LC Bird in Regional Semis).  Last home playoff game was 2007, a 21-20 loss to…Hermitage. Panthers also eliminated them in 2009, LC Bird in 2010.

TOMORROW: 4A SOUTH REGION FIRST ROUND:

#12 Glen Allen (4-6) at #5 Denbigh (7-3)—2pm SATURDAY, Todd Stadium
--First EVER playoff game for the Jaguars, most wins in regular season in three-year history of the school.  The Henrico win 11/1 kept them in the postseason. Denbigh had five-game win streak snapped in final regular season game, 44-41 vs. Woodside, #7 seed in 6A South. QB Terrence Dingle threw for 1,995 yards in regular season. The Woodside loss cost the Patriots two spots in the 4A South standings. Winner gets Heritage/Powhatan winner.

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