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recruit804 Power 10 Week 6: Highland Springs/Manchester sustains positioning just in time for collision course
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
#1 Highland Springs (5-0) – The Springers have now extended its winning streak over Henrico to 20 games winning on the road in dominating fashion. Jamareeh Jones led the way for Highland Springs collecting three rushing touchdowns on the day. The 41 points dropped on the board by Highland Springs is also the fourth time the Springers have been able to eclipse the 40-point plateau this season. Next up is Manchester.
#2 Manchester (5-0) – The Lancers traveled out to Huguenot at the end of last week and dispatched the Falcons by a final score of 49-21. Roemell Garcia has matured quite nicely collecting a total of six touchdowns having a hand in all but one score. Manchester is sitting undefeated at the halfway point for the second straight season. But its biggest test of the year will come on Friday as the Lancers match up with Highland Springs in what could be a preview of the Region 5A Final.
#3 Varina (5-1) – Lake Taylor was supposed to be a huge challenge for the Blue Devils seeing at though the Titans finished five points behind Woodgrove for a Class 4 state championship last season. However, Varina was able to easily knock off Lake Taylor by a final score of 56-7. Most of the damage was done by James Reid and Isiah Paige who combined for 362 yards and six touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. Varina will travel out to Patrick Henry next week looking to extend its winning streak to six games.
#4 Hopewell (5-0) – The Knights needed double overtime to knock off Hopewell last season. This year the Blue Devils were able to get their revenge taking out Thomas Dale by a final score of 44-7. Hopewell ended a three-game losing streak to the Knights and created the largest margin of victory it’s ever had over Thomas Dale in 37 points. Hopewell will now travel to Petersburg this Friday looking to extend its winning streak to six contests.
#5 Louisa County (5-0) – The Lions drop isn’t indicative of anything they’re doing wrong. Their drop is more so indicative of the teams around them peaking at the right time. Varina knocked off Lake Taylor while Hopewell did major damage to Thomas Dale. At the time this was happening, Louisa was at home destroying Orange County by a final score of 35-14. The Lions now hit the road to take on Monticello this week in who they’ve taken the last four contests against.
#6 Deep Run (5-0) – The Wildcats were idle last week and it was a week in which they definitely earned based on their play over the first five weeks of the season. Deep Run has now won its first five games of the season for just the third time in the history of its program. It’ll have to dig deep against a Douglas Freeman program this week that is also doing all the right things at the moment. The Wildcats need this win to create more space between themselves and Varina in the Region 5B rankings while a win for the Rebels could bring them closer to Matoaca.
#7 Douglas Freeman (5-1) – The Rebels did exactly what they were supposed to do last week and that’s make short work of J.R. Tucker. The 38-0 win for Douglas Freeman was the first time all season the Rebels held an opposing team scoreless. Starting quarterback Andrew Bland had a hand in three scores for Douglas Freeman while Jackson Fellows led the way on the ground with 75 yards and a touchdown. The Rebels face stout competition this week against Deep Run.
#8 Thomas Jefferson (4-1) – The Vikings have blown through their competition throughout the first half of the season and did so yet again two weeks ago knocking off Glen Allen by a final score of 35-32. Thomas Jefferson was idle last week and definitely needed the week off especially since the Glen Allen win was just a little too close for comfort. The Vikings will matchup with John Marshall this week and are comfortably at the top of the Region 2A rankings.
#9 Matoaca (4-1) – The Warriors are doing exactly they’re supposed to be doing right now by winning the games that they’re favored to win. Matoaca dominated Prince George last week by a final score of 33-14. The win gives the Warriors just a little more space to work with over Douglas Freeman in the Region 5B rankings and keeps them within arm’s reach of Varina. Matoaca hits the road for Dinwiddie this week and despite the Generals sub par play as of late, they’re always a dangerous draw.
#10 Monacan (4-1) – The Chiefs have put it all together since dropping a big one to Manchester during the third week of the season. Since then, Monacan has knocked off James River, Huguenot, and George Wythe by a combined score of 112-47. The Chiefs still have some ground to make up as they continue to wrestle for position within Region 4B. They’ll take on an under performing Midlothian team this week.
On the bubble: Cosby (4-1), Thomas Dale (3-2), Henrico (3-3), Clover Hill (3-2), Patrick Henry (4-2), Powhatan (3-2), Goochland (4-1), and King William (4-1).
– Brandon Mitchell
The recruit804 Power 10 was comprised in unison by recruit804 correspondents Brandon Mitchell and Byron Jones.