(Rankings based on NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll...)
#3 Hermitage 22, Varina 15: It's hard to beat Varina at home, even tougher when you lose your quarterback to injury in the first half. Rashad Robinson suffered an ankle injury and did not return, paving the way for young Eli Odom to step in and lead his team to victory. Odom scored two rushing touchdowns as the Panthers held off a late Blue Devil charge to improve to 3-0.
Next week, Hermitage will play on Saturday at Thomas Jefferson, in what's scheduled to be the final meeting between these two long-time Colonial District rivals. They've played each other since 1951.
Varina, however, smarting at 1-2, will go to Mechanicsville to battle another smarting 1-2 team, Lee-Davis, victims of Patrick Henry tonight 17-14 in the Tomato Bowl.
Mills Godwin 37, Glen Allen 16: The Eagles get a first win for new head coach Logan McPherson, easily handling the struggling Jaguars, who have been outscored 83-24 in their two losses. Wesley Dugger ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns for the 1-2 Eagles. Both Jaguar TD's came via the arm of quarterback Jeremy Lacy, both were completed to University of Virginia committ Cole Blackmon.
Mills Godwin gets Patrick Henry at home next week, with the winner evening their record at 2-2, while Glen Allen celebrates Homecoming with a game against 3-0 Armstrong, who romped over previously unbeaten Colonial Heights Friday night.
#2 Atlee 49, #6 Douglas Freeman 7: Now we know the Rebels did take a step back from 2013. The Rebels took this game 24-14 last season, and, in the playoff rematch at Atlee, hung tough before the Atlee defense wore them out for a 24-10 win. Tonight, Atlee, again, ran roughshod on offense, as Loumond Dandridge had three rushing touchdowns, and the Rebels never threatened, falling to 2-1.
Freeman next gets winless Deep Run at home next Friday, a good chance to get this bad taste out of their mouths and mount a run back to the 5A South Playoffs.
#4 Highland Springs, J.R. Tucker, Henrico, and Deep Run all were idle this week.