Highland Springs WR Jabari Parker hauls in a pass vs. Oscar Smith (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
recruit804 Power 10 Week 2: Highland Springs/Thomas Dale still atop after impressive wins
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
The top two spots were certainly locked in after strong performances by Highland Springs and Thomas Dale. Highland Springs took on Region 6A powerhouse Oscar Smith and pulled out a win with a solid performance in the second half. Thomas Dale took on L.C. Bird in a rivalry game and kept the pedal to the metal for 48 minutes.
#1 Highland Springs (2-0): The Springers faced large challenges to start the season in the last two weeks knocking off Avalon (Maryland) week one and Hampton Roads powerhouse Oscar Smith in week two. Highland Springs is now riding a 31-game winning streak and no program threatened to end it more than Oscar Smith. The Springers received touchdowns on the day from starting quarterback Jamareeh Jones and Jamel Johnson in route to a 13-6 victory, Highland Springs is back home on Friday and will host Meadowbrook.
#2 Thomas Dale (2-0): The Knights are everything we thought they’d be at the beginning of the season and more. Over the last two weeks they’ve outscored Cosby and L.C. Bird by a combined score of 86-0. Thomas Dale is no stranger to stout defense opening the season as this is the seventh time in program history that the Knights have blanked their first two opponents. However, Thomas Dale needs to be extremely careful. A possible trap game looms on Friday against a Hermitage program that was within a touchdown of upsetting Henrico last week.
#3 Manchester (1-0): The Lancers were idle last week therefore their position remains stationary for at least another week. Manchester battled Varina to a double overtime win in their only contest of the season thus far. Roemell Garcia and the Lancers will have their work cut out for them on Friday win they travel to Monacan. The Chiefs last knocked off Manchester in 2017 and will searching for yet another upset.
#4 Louisa County (2-0): The Lions already appear to be in midseason form after knocking off Courtland in week one and Chancellor in week two. Despite knocking off the Chargers in dominating fashion, Will Patrick and his men understand that there’s still a lot of work to do to get back to where they’ve been over the last two seasons. Kalup Shelton, Robert Morgan, and Jarrett Hunter led the way for the Lions against Chancellor accounting for 296 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the day. Massaponax waits in queue for Louisa.
#5 Henrico (2-0): It would be disrespectful to state that the Warriors are still lucky to be undefeated after dodging the Panthers on Friday evening. Hermitage held a 14-6 lead after the third quarter before Marque Harvey drew the Warriors closer with a score in the fourth quarter. Eric McDaniels tied the game up with a two-point conversion taking the contest to overtime. McDaniels added another touchdown run in the extra frame to improve Henrico to 2-0. Deep Run presents another strong challenge for the Warriors on Friday.
#6 Varina (1-1): The Blue Devils dropped after losing to Manchester the first week of the season, but it wasn’t a bad loss so Varina only fell one spot. With Dinwiddie losing to Massaponax, it opened the door for the Blue Devils to reclaim their original position. Varina got back to its winning ways after decimating Meadowbrook on Thursday evening. The Blue Devils host Matoaca on Friday where both programs will be looking to extend their winning streaks.
#7 Hopewell (1-0): The Blue Devils got the week off after making short work of Tabb to open the season. Now they find themselves waiting to host a Norcom program that turned heads last week with its 42-22 destruction of Petersburg. This will be the fourth time in the last three seasons that these two programs have matched up with Norcom taking two from Hopewell over said time span. Both victories for the Greyhounds have come at Merner Field which is something worth noting.
#8 Dinwiddie (1-1): The Generals had to put up 45 points on G.W. (Danville) during the first week of the season in a shaky victory. However, Massaponax and its triple-option offense gave Dinwiddie fits all evening this past Friday which led to the Generals first loss of the season. Starting quarterback Luke Morley rushed for 305 yards all by himself which was a career high excluding the four touchdowns. Dinwiddie will look to get back on track on Friday against a North Stafford program that has been in the zone to start the season.
#9 Monacan (1-0): Monacan was able to jump up one spot this week after knocking off Hanover without much hesitation. The Chiefs blanked the Hawks in their only matchup of the season thus far and will find themselves in another battle against Manchester come Friday. Both programs have matched up well over the last five years with Monacan losing three of its last against the Lancers. A win over Manchester could keep its season in the right direction.
#10 Thomas Jefferson (2-0): After two weeks of pure destruction, the Vikings deserve to crack the Power 10 for the first time this season heading into week three. P.J. Adams and his men have outscored both their opponents this season by a score of 104-12 and have started the season on a two-game winning streak for the first time since 1995. The Vikings will take on Amelia this Friday which will be a short week for the Raiders. Amelia was supposed to matchup with Franklin on September 6, but its contest was pushed back to September 9 at 6:00 pm. Tee Jay football will be looking to open the season with three-straight wins for the first time since 1989.
On The Bubble: Deep Run (2-0), Patrick Henry (2-0), Prince George (2-0), Clover Hill (1-0), and Midlothian (1-0).
– Brandon Mitchell
The recruit804 Power 10 was comprised in unison by recruit804 correspondents Brandon Mitchell and Byron Jones.