Rankings are based on the latest NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll....
It's Week 4, and with Henrico, Deep Run, J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs all enjoying byes, five teams get set for action in three key games.
#3 Hermitage (2-0) at Varina (1-1), 7pm: The Blue Devils' special teams let them down in their 21-14 road loss to Thomas Dale last week as they fell out of the Top 10, a surprise to some. Varina can vault right back into the listings if they hand Hermitage their first loss tonight. The Panthers have shown some of their usual might, but were given a last chance to win their opener with Meadowbrook (they did) and didn't put away Colonial Forge when they had them down big in the second half last Friday. One team asserts themselves into the conversation of top teams in the area with a win tonight.
#6 Douglas Freeman (2-0) at #2 Atlee (2-0), 7pm: This quiet little non-district series quickly got the attention of the Central Region with their 49-48 track meet of a game in 2012 won by Freeman with three seconds to play. Last year, the Rebels handed Atlee their only regular season loss, 24-14. So Douglas Freeman looks for its third straight regular season win tonight over the Raiders. Looming large, though, is Douglas Freeman's last trip to Atlee, a November 22, 2013 playoff game won by the Raiders 24-10, when Atlee's defense suffocated the Rebels in the second half. The winner has a big edge in the race to keep pace with #1 L.C. Bird in 5A South Central.
Glen Allen (1-1) at Mills Godwin (0-2), 7pm: Which Jaguar team shows up tonight? The one who easily handled Caroline in their opener, or the one that got pasted 46-8 at home by rival J.R. Tucker two weeks ago. They've had 14 days to stew over that performance. It's hard to believe they won't be ready for tonight. But they face an Eagles team smarting as well, and in need of a win to begin to keep pace in the 5A South Central playoff hunt. They have to get the offense going after putting up just nine points in their home opening loss to Lee-Davis one week ago. Mills Godwin leads the all-time series 3-0.