Both Clover Hill and Huguenot are on the cusp of a winning season
by Byron Jones, recruit804
CLOVER HILL (4-2) vs. HUGUENOT (3-3) 7PM Friday
Huguenot hasn’t had a winning season since 2006, Clover Hill since 2011, and Friday night these two teams meet with playoff implications on the line in their respective divisions. Currently both teams are in the playoff picture but with little room for error.
In Division 4 Region B, Huguenot is currently ranked seventh with 22.167 points. Chancellor (22.143) holds the eighth and final seed while Powhatan (21.667) sits just outside the playoff window looking in. Clover Hill is ranked eighth in the Division 5 Region B playoff picture with 24.000 points. Henrico (23.714), Glen Allen (22.000), and L.C. Bird (21.500) are all vying for that final spot.
LAST TIME OUT: CLOVER HILL
Clover Hill defeated the Skyhawks 8-0, giving the Cavaliers it’s first victory over Bird since 1987. The lone touchdown of the evening came in the first period when Dalton Collins punched it in from one yard out (PAT No Good). Clover Hill would record a safety later in the game.
LAST TIME OUT: HUGUENOT
Huguenot picked up a big victory over James River 52-19, snapping a two-game losing streak. Darnell Mason completed eight of his thirteen pass attempts for 107 yards and 3TD’s. Manquelle Ross hauled in all three of Mason’s touchdown passes. Kevin Gayles contributed to the effort by adding a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
WHEN CLOVER HILL HAS THE BALL:
Clover Hill won’t blow you away on offense but they are consistent in what they do and they do a great job spreading the football around. Expect Dalton Collins (44 car 188 yards 6TD’s), Kendall Cross (24 carries 104 yards 2TD’s) and Charlie Van Beek (30 car 132 yards) to carry much of the Cavalier’s load on the ground.
Coach Bryan Jennings has the luxury of having two very capable quarterbacks to get the job done. KJ Patterson has completed 34/63 passes for 400 yards, 3TD’s, and 3INT’S. His counterpart, Resse Hamilton, is 48-75 with 397 yards, 3TD’s, and 2INT’s. Jaden Johnson leads the receiving corps, hauling in 31 catches for 452 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Huguenot is giving up approx. 24.8 points/game but they should matchup well with the Cavaliers. Linebacker Meh’ki Briggs leads the defense with 47 total tackles (24 assisted/23 solo), 2.5 sacks, an INT, and a forced fumble. The play of defensive backs Osmand Harris (35 tackles, 18 solo, INT, 3 forced fumbles), and Kevin Gayles (35 tackles, 22 solo, 3 sacks, INT 2 fumble recoveries) will be critical to slowing down Clover Hill’s passing down.
WHEN HUGUENOT HAS THE BALL:
The Falcons are putting up 29 points/game and are balanced in their receiving (176.7 yds/game) and running games (168.7 yds/game). Quarterback Darnell Mason has thrown for 753 yards, 7TD’s, and 6INT’s. He will need to be more consistent if the Falcons want to walk away with the victory.
Their rushing attack is lead by Hosea Colfield who has rushed for 480 yards on 60 carries and 5TD’s. Freshman Gregory Jackson has been a solid contributor in his first varsity season, racking up 270 yards on just 33 touches and has scored 3TD’s.
Huguenot has two of the best receivers in the area in Kevin Gayles and Manquelle Ross. Gayles had committed to ODU in the spring, but decided to re-open his recruitment heading into his final season. He currently holds additional offers from Tennessee, Air Force, Delaware, Elon, and Campbell. Kevin has hauled in 18 balls for 389 yards and 3TD’s.
Since the future Division I receiver draws so much attention from opposing defenses, it has allowed for play makers like Ross to step up and make a name for themselves. Ross leads the team in receiving with 29 receptions for 446 yards and 5TD’s. One should expect that Coach Addison Hayes will get these two involved in the offense early and often.
Clover Hill sophomore defensive end Bryson Jennings, who currently holds offers from UVA, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina, is the leader of a defensive unit that has allowed just 12 points/game. Only Manchester (27) and Powhatan (21) have scored more than 20 points on the Clover Hill defense.
CLOVER HILL: Offense: 16 points/game Defense: 12 points/game
Key Players: Bryson Jennings (2022 DE 6-6 220), Dalton Collins (2020 RB/LB 6-0 225), KJ Patterson (2021 QB/DB 6-0 175), Kendall Cross (2021 RB/LB 6-1 215), Reece Hamilton (2022 QB 6-2 170), Jaden Johnson (2020 WR 6-0 175)
HUGUENOT: Offense: 29 points/game Defense: 24.8 points/game
Key Players: Kevin Gayles (2020 WR/DB 6-2 215), Meh’ki Briggs (2020 LB 6-0 195), Manquelle Ross (2020 ATH 5-8 175), Osmand Harris (2020 DB 6-1 195), Hosea Colfield (2020 RB/LB 5-8 180), Darnell Mason (2020 QB 6-0 185)
– Byron Jones
Kickoff is set for 7PM. I will be onsite covering the contest. Be sure to follow recruit804 on Facebook and Twitter for up to date scoring of the game. Post-game review to follow.