(L-R) Dalton Collins, Andrew Blanton, Kendall Cross and Bryson Jennings of Clover Hill (Photo: Byron Jones/recruit804)
recruit804 Power 10 Week 11: Top nine teams stay put while Clover Hill claims final spot vacated by Prince George
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
#1 Highland Springs (9-0): The Springers proved yet again why they undoubtedly have one of the best football programs in the nation. Highland Springs took a trip up to Colonial Forge on Friday and handed the Eagles their second loss of the season. The Springers opened up to a 27-7 lead before Colonial Forge began to claw its way back. But in the end, Kalii Bradford and the Springers were able to hold on for a 27-20 victory.
Highland Springs will conclude its regular season on Saturday with a highly anticipated match up against Varina.
#2 Varina (8-1): After a week off, the Blue Devils hit the football field and didn’t skip a beat against Atlee. Varina traveled out to Raider Field on Friday night and knocked off the Raiders by a final score of 57-16. The win marked their eighth-consecutive victory since dropping their first game of the season. It also marked the seventh time this season the Blue Devils have put up 48 points or more in a contest.
Varina will conclude its regular season against four-time Class 5 state champion Highland Springs on Saturday afternoon.
#3 Hopewell (9-0): It’s a dangerous time to have to line up in front of Hopewell especially with the way they’ve been playing football. The Blue Devils won their ninth-consecutive game of the season on Friday night against Prince George by a final score of 40-7. The victory ties Hopewell’s 2015 season for the most-consecutive wins under head coach Ricky Irby. Trey Henderson picked up 236 all-purpose yards as well as five touchdowns to lead the way for the Blue Devils.
Hopewell will conclude its regular season against Matoaca on Friday night. A win could secure the top seed in Region 3A.
#4 Manchester (8-1): The Lancers are doing a masterful job of keeping pace in Region 5B. Manchester has helped its cause by winning the games it’s supposed to win in order to keep Deep Run and Varina at bay. The Lancers traveled out to Chesterfield on Friday night and made short work of L.C. Bird knocking off the Skyhawks 40-19. Roemell Garcia led the way 210 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns.
Manchester will host Cosby on Friday which will be the last game of the regular season for both programs.
#5 Louisa County (7-0): The Lions continue to grow stronger with each week that passes. They were able to knock off Western Albemarle for their ninth-consecutive win of the season on Friday night. This marks the second year in-a-row head coach Will Patrick has coached his team to such an accomplishment. The win keeps the Lions near the top of Region 4B with just one game left in the regular season.
Louisa will match up against Albemarle on Friday night.
#6 Deep Run (9-0): In order for Deep Run to keep its slight lead over Varina in Region 5B the Wildcats needed to score a victory over Glen Allen. The Jaguars turned out to be no match for Deep Run falling by a final score of 47-7. This season is turning out to be the best under four-year head coach Chad Hornik as the Wildcats have now won nine-consecutive contests.
This is only a feat reached one other time in the history of its program.
Deep Run has a difficult match up this Friday against Thomas Jefferson. Should the Wildcats lose it could threaten their current seed (third) which a difference in playing Clover Hill versus Prince George come playoff time.
#7 Thomas Jefferson (8-1): The Vikings were able to win their sixth-consecutive contest on Saturday after knocking off Tucker by a final score of 40-0. It was great to see them get back to their dominant ways after surviving a scare against Gretna just a week prior. Thomas Jefferson will conclude its season on Friday with a top 10 matchup against Deep Run.
#8 Monacan (8-1): The Chiefs have been showing out every week since losing their lone game of the season against Manchester during week three. Monacan destroyed Cosby on Friday by a final score of 35-10. The win gave the Chiefs their seventh-consecutive victory and marked the second time in the last three seasons they’ve eclipsed a winning streak of seven games or better.
Monacan will conclude their season with a top 10 match up against Clove Hill. A win for Monacan could give its power rating a boost while a loss for the Cavaliers could drop them the seven seed and looking up at Manchester in the first round.
#9 Goochland (8-1): The Bulldogs have been on a mission since losing their first game of the season against Lafayette. Goochland thoroughly handled Lunenburg Central on Friday to the tune of a 61-13 drubbing. It was the first time this season the Bulldogs were able to surpass the 60-point plateau which is something they hadn’t done since 2014. Barring a monumental letdown against Bluestone on Friday, the Bulldogs should enter postseason play a huge favorite to come out of Region 2A.
#10 Clover Hill (7-2): The Cavaliers picked up another blowout victory on Friday night after defeating George Wythe 49-12. The 49 points put on the board by Clover Hill was the most put on the board since the 2014 football season. The win puts the Cavaliers in a position to overtake Prince George with just one week left in the regular season. A victory over Monacan next week could possibly put Clover Hill in line for a first-round playoff match up against Varina. It’s a slippery slope when this time of year rolls around.
On the bubble: Douglas Freeman (7-2), Patrick Henry (6-3), Prince George (6-3), Thomas Dale (6-3), and Henrico (6-4).
-The recruit804 Power 10 was comprised in unison by recruit804 correspondents Brandon Mitchell and Byron Jones.