Hermitage and Highland Springs switch positions, but rest in the knowledge they've all but clinched berths in the 5A South Region playoffs as the Virginia High School League released the latest standings Monday.
The Springers (7-1), by virtue of defeating a six-win Henrico team Friday, overtook the Panthers (8-0) by a quarter point for second place. However, Hermitage, with wins over Glen Allen and an unbeaten Douglas Freeman to close the season, would likely overtake Highland Springs for that second seed, as the Springers close against two four-win squads (currently) in Patrick Henry and Varina.
The Rebels, also 8-0, find themselves just behind Lee-Davis (7-1) in fifth place, but can vault over the Confederates with a win over the Eagles Friday and a Henrico win over Lee-Davis. However, the 6-2 Warriors, by defeating Lee-Davis, could also challenge the Rebels for the fourth seed.
Remember, you get two bonus points for each win a defeated opponent has. Thus, while defeating a team within your own region gives you, in the case of 5A, 24 points, you also receive two points for each of that opponent's wins. That is why the winner of Hermitage/Douglas Freeman November 6th could greatly enhance their playoff seeding.
As of now, it looks like, because they face a possible unbeaten team in the regular season finale November 6th, Hermitage is the only team with any chance of somehow overtaking L.C. Bird for the top seed. A James River upset of the Skyhawks would certainly provide that, but with the likelihood of Bird going 10-0, there may not be enough points, and time, left for the Panthers to catch them.
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