5A SOUTH CENTRAL FIRST ROUND:
#3 HERMITAGE 40, #6 HENRICO 14: The Panthers, now 11-0, found a way to run around, and through, the Henrico defense, who had their worst performance of the season at the worst possible time. Johntae Wilson ran for 244 yards as Hermitage ran away from Henrico to finish the Warriors' season at 8-3. Tonight was their first playoff game in a decade. The Panthers, though unbeaten, now must hit the road to battle fellow unbeaten Manchester in the next round.
#1 HIGHLAND SPRINGS 34, #8 MEADOWBROOK 29: The Monarchs had an upset in their hands and let it slip away. After leading all night, and up 29-14 with eight minutes to go, the Springers struck quickly for 20 points in under six minutes to survive at home. The second touchdown of the comeback, a pass from Juwan Carter to Greg Dortch, made it 29-27, but the two-point conversion was dropped. Highland Springs' only choice was an onside kick, which was recovered. Moments later, Carter found Dortch again for the winning score. The Springers are 11-0, and will have to perform much better next week when two-time defending state champion L.C. Bird comes calling in the second round.
#2 MANCHESTER 39, #7 DOUGLAS FREEMAN 21: The Lancers got revenge for the one that got away at Douglas Freeman, 48-47 in triple overtime in the first round a year ago, by dominating early and keeping the lead all night long to advance to 11-0. The Rebels end their 2014 campaign on a two-game losing streak at 7-4.
5A SOUTH CENTRAL SECOND ROUND (NEXT FRIDAY, TIMES TBA)
#4 L.C. Bird (9-2) at #1 Highland Springs (11-0)
#3 Hermitage (11-0) at #2 Manchester (11-0)