County teams go 3-4 in "Week 1" of the Central Region football season as everyone in the Richmond area are now underway for 2014.
Douglas Freeman, #7 in our NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll from HCS Media Network, made a goal line stand to secure a hard-fought 17-13 win over James River to move to 2-0. The Rebels have a bye week next Friday before going to Atlee on September 19th.
The Raiders move to 1-0 with a 63-20 victory at Deep Run, moving the Wildcats to 0-2. Deep Run has lost their last two games to Atlee by a combined score of 133-34.
Highland Springs and Henrico both moved to 2-0; the Springers pulling away for a 51-12 defeat of Brooke Point in Stafford. Highland Springs next goes to Meadowbrook, who may be 0-2, but because of two difficult defeats, including giving a game away last week with four seconds left to Hermitage 25-21. It will be a tough test for the Springers before moving into their Capital District schedule.
For Henrico, it was a breeze as the Warriors shut out Caroline 48-0. Henrico has yet to give up a point, and next host Deep Run, looking for their second straight 3-0 start. If they accomplish that, then the hard work begins, as the Warriors lost their final seven a year ago, and will look to avoid a similar fate. After a bye week September 19th, the Warriors host Atlee September 26th.
In Rivalry Night, it wasn't even close as Malik Van Brussel and J.R. Tucker raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead at Glen Allen en route to a 46-8 victory, an impressive effort considering their 30-0 home loss to Henrico a week ago. Both the Tigers and Jaguars move to 1-1, with Tucker hosting Hanover next week, 16-0 winners over Patrick Henry.
Mills Godwin ran into a buzzsaw in Monacan, who upset defending 4A State Champion Dinwiddie last week, then moved to 2-0 with a 42-25 win over the Eagles. Godwin gets their home opener next week when the Eagles host Lee-Davis, 0-1 after a loss to Mountain View.
#3 Hermitage and #5 Varina were idle this week.