Friday, October 28, 2016

WEEK 10 FOOTBALL FINALS:

#2 Hermitage 42, Glen Allen 22

#4 Highland Springs 49, #9 Patrick Henry 0

#6 Douglas Freeman 20, Mills Godwin 7

#11 Lee-Davis 24, Henrico 23

Atlee 24, #12 Varina 21

Deep Run 65, John Marshall 14

Thomas Jefferson 20, J.R. Tucker 7

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Henrico at Lee-Davis on Game Of The Week!

CLICK HERE to listen online to the Game Of The Week, as Henrico (5-3) and #11 Lee-Davis (6-2) battle for playoff positioning in 5A South! We go live at 6:30pm with the "On The Sidelines Pre-Game Show Powered By Sheehy Ford of Ashland" with Rob Witham and Marc Davis of NBC 12!

You can also listen on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

Friday, October 21, 2016

WEEK 9 FINALS

#2 Hermitage 35, Mills Godwin 20

#4 Highland Springs 56, #12 Henrico 20

#6 Douglas Freeman 31, Deep Run 0

Varina 55, Armstrong 0

Glen Allen 55, Thomas Jefferson 13

SATURDAY:

J.R. Tucker at John Marshall, 1pm

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: FIELD HOCKEY

CONFERENCE 11 (all matches played at Douglas Freeman High School, finalists advance to 5A South Region Tournament)

Monday 10/24:
Quarterfinal #1: #3 Lee-Davis 2, #6 J.R. Tucker 1
Quarterfinal #2: #4 Mills Godwin 3, #5 Glen Allen 0

Tuesday 10/25:
Semifinal #1: #1 Deep Run 2, #4 Mills Godwin 0
Semifinal #2: #2 Douglas Freeman 3, #3 Lee-Davis 1

Thursday 10/27:
Championship: #1 Deep Run 4, #2 Douglas Freeman 0

CONFERENCE 12 (all matches played at River City SportsPlex, finalists advance to 5A South Region Tournament)

Monday 10/24:
Quarterfinal: #4 Highland Springs 4, #5 Varina 0

Tuesday 10/25:
Semifinal #1: #1 Prince George 15, #4 Highland Springs 0
Semifinal #2: #2 Matoaca 3, #3 L.C. Bird 0

Wednesday 10/26:
Championship: #1 Prince George 4, #2 Matoaca 0

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WEEK 9 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: With Game of The Week Listen Live Link!

CLICK HERE to listen live to Atlee at #10 Patrick Henry at 6:30pm (also available on WHAN, 102.9 FM, 1430 AM and on mobile devices on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall")

CLICK HERE for previews of all county games and all Central Region matchups as the playoffs draw near, PLUS all the various playoff implications that are in effect tonight! Your guide to Friday night, courtesy of RVA Sports Network!

Monday, October 17, 2016

New VHSL Football Standings

Hermitage and Highland Springs vault over Douglas Freeman after big wins in 5A South, Varina rises, Henrico falls, and Deep Run draws closer in the new Virginia High School League (VHSL) Football Standings released Monday afternoon in Charlottesville by the league office.

CLICK HERE to read all the standings and instant analysis from RVA Sports Network!

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Atlee at Mills Godwin Boys Volleyball

CLICK HERE to listen live to a huge late-season boys volleyball encounter when #1 Atlee begins a busy week at Mills Godwin on a special Monday edition of the RVA Sports Network High School Volleyball Game of The Week, airtime tonight at 7pm!

Friday, October 14, 2016

WEEK 8 FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

#4 Hermitage 28, #1 Manchester 7 (Panthers 6-1, winners of six straight)

#5 Highland Springs 49, #10 Lee-Davis 21 (Springers 6-1, Juwan Carter two TD passes, a TD run)

#6 Douglas Freeman 34, J.R. Tucker 19 (Rebels still unbeaten, now 7-0)

Atlee 28, #9 Henrico 25 (Atlee stuns Warriors with TD pass in final two minutes, Henrico 5-2)

Varina 41, Hanover 0 (Blue Devils move to 4-3, solidify 5A South Central playoff positioning)

Deep Run 21, Mills Godwin 14 (Huge win for Wildcats, both teams are 4-3)

Glen Allen 55, John Marshall 6 (Big first win for Coach Sal Camp as Jags roll Friday afternoon)

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Highland Springs vs Lee-Davis!

CLICK HERE to listen live starting at 6:30 as #10 Lee-Davis battles #5 Highland Springs on our Game of The Week! Also heard on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM and on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

WEEK EIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

Two huge NBC12/RVA Sports Network "Big 12" Football Poll games tonight, one of them our live Game of The Week broadcast! The listen link button is below!

WHAN Radio/RVA Sports Network Game of The Week: #10 Lee-Davis (5-1) at #5 Highland Springs (5-1), 7pm

(LISTEN LIVE on 102.9 FM/1430 AM, online by clicking HERE, on @TuneIn App on "Radiall")

Last year, when 6-0 and sky high, Lee-Davis welcomed Highland Springs to Mechanicsville, and the Springers rolled to a 42-0 victory. The Confederates learned from the experience, and, when finding themselves going to Kreiter Stadium for the second round of the 5A South playoffs a month later, made the rematch a heavyweight slugfest, matching the Springers score for score before falling short at 41-34. Lee-Davis quarterback Zach Lass steps on Kreiter's field for the first time, but tailback Nate Evans and most of his offensive line do not. They know what it takes to stay with the defending state champions. But Juwan Carter and his latest group of talented skill players are looking to continue their push towards the top of the 5A South Central playoff race. Look for Aaron Motley, Tavien Blackwell, and the Springer front seven on defense to decide this one. They want to stop Evans and force Lass to the passing game.

NBC12 Game of The Week: #1 Manchester (6-0) at #4 Hermitage (5-1), 7pm

First, kudos to both Manchester head coach Tom Hall and Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane and their respective schools for agreeing to this regular season series, made available when the Virginia High School League (VHSL) allowed schools within districts two or more classifications apart to cease playing each other if it were in the best interests of both schools. After 2014, Hermitage dropped Thomas Jefferson, and were able to add Manchester, whom they defeated in the 2014 5A South Central playoffs, ending Manchester's perfect season two years ago. The Panthers also won the first regular season meeting in the series last year. Woody Winborn leads Hermitage, improving with each game at quarterback. In fact, those eighteen new starters, as a unit, are much better than they were opening night. But so is Manchester, who fought off a pesky Midlothian squad last week, pulling away for a 54-26 victory. If the Lancers really want to show they are serious contenders for a 6A State Championship, the way to do it is go to Chester Fritz Stadium and win. Bryce Hall, Frank Boyd and company will look to do just that. This game could be everything from a shootout to a 14-13 grinder. Turnovers will be critical. Limit them, and you'll likely win.

Mills Godwin (4-2) at Deep Run (3-3), 7pm

This is another huge 5A South Central matchup, as well as a good ol' fashioned West End rivalry. The 2006 Region Championship team will come home for recognition, and a new generation of Wildcats will look to make them proud, as Deep Run, though entering the game 12th in 5A South Central, could vault into the playoff discussion with a victory. The formula is simple: stop the Mills Godwin rushing attack, specifically, Wesley Dugger, who is approaching 1,300 yards of rushing offense going into his seventh game. Note, last week, even though Dugger rushed for 200 plus yards at home against J.R. Tucker, the Tigers held the Eagles to just 13 points. Bend but not break should be the Wildcat defensive mantra, keeping the game between the 20's when on defense. For Mills Godwin, a win is necessary because of the weakness of the Colonial District when compared to other 5A South Central teams who play in districts with better strength of schedules, like Lee-Davis and Varina in the Capital, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, and Prince George in the Central.

#6 Douglas Freeman (6-0) at J.R. Tucker (0-6), 7pm

The Rebels won't take the Tigers lightly. Tucker should have a home win over Hanover, but let it slip away back in early September. They almost pulled the shocker at Mills Godwin's homecoming last Friday. They'd love nothing more than give Douglas Freeman their first loss. Look for Tanner Dobrucky, who isn't getting nearly the press and recognition that he deserves, to be a key for the Rebels. Ball control, long drives, and cashing in with Dobrucky and company whenever you're in the red zone. That's the key to moving the Rebels to 7-0 and closer to their eventual showdowns with arch rival Mills Godwin in two weeks and Hermitage in the regular season finale. They're rooting for Cosby to shock L.C. Bird, too, so they could return to the top seed in 5A South Central.

#9 Henrico (5-1) at Atlee (2-4), 7pm

Henrico wants this game, as they are in a dogfight for a top four seed, and thus, a home game in the first round of the 5A South playoffs, but Atlee needs this game. Having lost two straight, the Raiders celebrate homecoming with an air of desperation, really needing to go 3-1 in their last four games to make a run at a 5A North playoff berth. After this game, Atlee goes to Patrick Henry, then faces Varina before ending with winless Armstrong. This is the toughest of the contests, but if Atlee's defense can contain Henrico QB Jalon Jones, and if their freshman QB Tyler Warren can be more accurate in the passing game, that will force Henrico to defend the whole field, and not try to simply bottle up the Atlee running game. Turnovers will loom large here, too. A quick note for Raider fans, Reid Childers' 35 yard field goal against Lee-Davis last week was important. He can be an option with the game on the line as long as you make the red zone.

Glen Allen (0-6) at John Marshall (1-5), 4pm

The Justices have been in ninth place in 3A East, Conferences 26/28 for three weeks now. They need a win to draw closer to a playoff bid. This is their best chance. It can also be argued, however, that this is Glen Allen's best remaining chance to get their first win of the season, though big rival J.R. Tucker remains ahead as well.

Varina (3-3) at Hanover (1-5), 7pm

It's homecoming at Hanover, too, but it's also been a difficult season for the Hawks, who likely will miss the postseason for the first time in eleven years barring a surprising late-season run. Now, a win at home over Varina could jump start it all, and Hanover does get WR Kirk Shaffner back from injury. Shaffner was their second leading receiver in 2015, and has been on the bench all year, along with leading returning receiver Jack Chenault, due to injury. Clayton Cheatham needs more weapons, and gets one back. But will it be enough if Hanover's defense can't stop the dual threat of C.J. Jones and R.J. Coles for Varina, who is playing to keep their current playoff position in 5A South Central?

Monday, October 10, 2016

STORY: Dugger On Record Pace As Mills Godwin Runs Toward Playoff Berth

(RVA Sports Network correspondent Taylor Luck filed this report on Mills Godwin running back Wesley Dugger following the Eagles' 13-12 victory over J.R. Tucker...)

J.R Tucker was leading Mills Godwin 12-6 halfway through the third quarter of Friday night’s matchup, with the Eagles at the Tigers 47 yard line, looking for the tying score. Chants of “overrated” came from some Tucker fans in the direction of Eagles running back Wesley Dugger, who responded with a bruising 45 yard run to the Tucker two. A few plays later, he bulled through the line for what would be the winning touchdown, handing his team a 13-12 lead.

This has been the main story this season for the Mills Godwin Eagles, who now sit at 4-2 after the close victory over Tucker. Down 6-0 late in the first quarter, Dugger took a handoff down the middle, ran over a defender, and took it 71 yards to the house. Late in the third, it was his two yard score that secured the Eagles’ come from behind victory. When all was said and done, Dugger ran 24 times for 245 yards, and scored both of his team’s touchdowns.

For most running backs, that kind of stat line is an anomaly, but not for Dugger. Through six games, he has compiled 1,251 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, scoring nearly 81 percent of Mills Godwin’s points. At his current pace, Dugger is currently on pace for 2,085 yards and 35 touchdowns, enough to break records in the NFL, much less the Colonial District, and in only ten games.

“My start to the year is what I’ve been training my whole career for. I’ve spent countless hours in weight rooms and on the field to prepare for football season. I’ve spent so much time critiquing myself by watching film in order to better my habits.” explained Dugger. “I am happy to have the numbers I do, but to me it’s more about the team winning.”

With that sort of dedication and his focus on the team. It’s not much of a surprise to see Dugger performing the way he is. He is all about giving his all for his team, and he simply loves to play football. At 4-2, Mills Godwin has put themselves in a good position to make a push for the postseason in the 5A South Region. Up next is a visit to rival, Deep Run, sitting at 3-3, after a tough loss to Hermitage.

“The Deep Run vs Godwin game is one all the players and students look forward to. It means a lot to us, it’s our last chance to play Deep Run for the rest of our lives. We’re excited to go out and compete against any team, but a victory in this game just tastes a little sweeter.” Dugger said.

While defeating Deep Run is no doubt important to the Eagles, Mills Godwin faces a tough schedule to close out the regular season with games both #6 Douglas Freeman and #4 Hermitage loom. The Rebels are currently 6-0, while Hermitage has won five straight after an opening night loss to defending 5A state champion Highland Springs. With that said, if the Eagles continue running the ball the way they have, they’ll be an extremely tough challenge for any team they face.

Friday, October 7, 2016

WEEK 7 FOOTBALL SCORES

#3 Hermitage 42, Deep Run 14

#5 Highland Springs 42, Hanover 0

#6 Douglas Freeman 43, Glen Allen 0

Varina 26, #9 Patrick Henry 14

#11 Henrico 72, Armstrong 0

Mills Godwin 13, J.R. Tucker 12

Thursday, October 6, 2016

WEEK 7 FOOTBALL PREVIEW

J.R. Tucker (0-5) at Mills Godwin (3-2), 7pm: Mills Godwin running back Wesley Dugger has a thousand-yard season, in just five games. Can he keep the mojo going against a Tiger defense that has allowed 30+ points in four of their five games this season? With the Eagles now in the top eight in 5A South Central, they'll do everything possible to win and keep the Varinas and Matoacas at bay.

#11 Henrico (4-1) at Armstrong 0-5), 7pm: The Warriors look to continue building a new winning streak coming off their 21-0 win over Varina, finally vanquishing the Blue Devils on Monday evening. The Wildcats are struggling mightily and may not be able to find a win this season as they must continue to face the gauntlet that is the Capital District.

#4 Hermitage (4-1) at Deep Run (3-2), 7pm: It's Homecoming for the Wildcats, but there's no cupcake opponent coming in. The Panthers have won four straight after their opening night loss to Highland Springs. Their offense has hit overdrive, and their defense is becoming more opportunistic. The last "close" contest in this series was a 19-0 shutout win for Hermitage six years ago. Deep Run last defeated Hermitage in 2006, and own just two wins in school history over the Panthers. They first played in 2003, the year Deep Run opened.

Hanover (1-4) at #5 Highland Springs (4-1), 7pm: The Springers look for their third straight win, and fifth straight over the struggling Hawks, whose ten-year postseason streak is in serious jeopardy, having to still play the Springers, plus Lee-Davis, Varina, and Henrico. The Hawks must find some offensive, as opposing defenses have bottled up quarterback Clayton Cheatham, denying him the running game and forcing Hanover to rely on an air attack hampered all season by injuries. Juwan Carter threw three of Highland Springs' four touchdown passes Monday in their win at Atlee. He'll look to do more of the same at Kreiter Stadium.

#6 Douglas Freeman (5-0) at Glen Allen (0-5), 7pm: Another tough hill to climb for the winless Jaguars this week as Tanner Dobrucky and the Rebels come in this week, looking to stay unbeaten. Their weaker schedule in the Colonial District cost them the top spot in 5A South Central this past week as L.C. Bird's win over then 5-0 Monacan gave them an abundance of extra VHSL rider points, and now, the slight edge for the #1 seed. But the Rebels can't control those things; they will worry about taking care of what they can control, and that will be the rest of the Colonial District. Their toughest challenges, Mills Godwin and Hermitage, come at the end of the regular season. For Glen Allen, there are winnable games still ahead on the schedule. They'll look for as many positives tonight as possible, maybe even the unexpected upset.

#9 Patrick Henry (5-0) at Varina (2-3), 7pm: These two teams have only met once this century: last year with the Blue Devils victorious. Before that, they last met in the 1999 Central Region playoffs with the Blue Devils winning. This game has a simple formula: a much improved Patriot defense must contain C.J. Jones and the rest of the Varina offense. Even with their recent struggles, every coach will tell you, it's hard to win at Varina. Lee-Davis couldn't do it two weeks ago for their lone defeat. And with Varina now on the outside looking in in the 5A South Central playoff race, they need a victory. That's dangerous for Patrick Henry. But the Patriots have had a normal week of practice, while Varina has had to quickly turn from a 21-0 loss at Henrico to try to figure out the complex Patrick Henry offense. A good game for Travious Tyler bodes well for the Patriots.

Monday, October 3, 2016

MONDAY SCOREBOARD

FOOTBALL:

#3 Hermitage 49, John Marshall 0
#5 Highland Springs 41, Atlee 10
#11 Henrico 21, Varina 0

FIELD HOCKEY:

#1 Deep Run 6, Glen Allen 1
Mills Godwin 3, #6 Douglas Freeman 2 (OT)

BOYS VOLLEYBALL:

#4 Douglas Freeman 3, John Marshall 0
#5 Mills Godwin 3, Thomas Jefferson 0
J.R. Tucker 3, Hermitage 1
Prince George 3, Varina 1

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:

J.R. Tucker 3, Hermitage 0