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.

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