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recruit804 Power 10 Week 9: Thomas Dale outlasts Hopewell in double overtime, Monacan muscles past L.C. Bird
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Thomas Dale took double overtime to deal Hopewell their first loss of the season. Monacan sprinted to an early lead and hung on with good defense to down a tough L.C. Bird squad.
The rankings continue to shift as we’re approaching the end of the regular season.
1) Highland Springs (8-0)
2) Manchester (8-0)
3) Louisa County (8-0)
4) Dinwiddie (8-0)
5) Monacan (7-1)
6) Varina (7-0)
7) Henrico (6-1)
8) Hopewell (6-1)
9) Goochland (7-0)
10) Thomas Dale (6-2)
On the Bubble: Douglas Freeman (7-2), L.C. Bird (6-2), Amelia County (7-0) and Glen Allen (6-2)
Highland Springs: The Springers schedule on the back end was the part of the schedule where we knew we were going to earn the most about Highland Springs. A few weeks ago, they knocked off Henrico and then on Friday night they were able to dismantle Atlee. Credit Rayquan Smith for picking up 90 yards on two rushes and two touchdowns as well as D’Vonte Waller for connecting on 7-of-12 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Patrick Henry is up next for the Springers, but it’s hard not to peak down the schedule and see Varina waiting at the end.
Manchester: Once again the Lancers started their contest against Clover Hill on Friday dropping 42 points in the first half of play. Programs still haven’t adjusted to the no-huddle, fast pace of play style deployed by Coach Tom Hall. What’s worth noting is that Manchester gave up all 21 points in the fourth quarter. It’s probably nothing to worry about, but the Lancers gave up a combined 25 points through the first seven games of the season. Brendon Clark was his usual self as he connected on 10-of-17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up 97 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
Louisa County: The Lions are quietly having another remarkable season. They were able to knock of Orange County on Friday giving them their eighth-consecutive win of the season. Louisa only allowed 12 points this past Friday as it was the fifth time this season the Lions were able to hold opposing offenses to 14 points or less. Louisa has a strong chance to run the table for the second-consecutive season with Charlottesville on the schedule next week followed by Fluvanna County.
Dinwiddie: The Generals are another program that is seeing most of their competition show up on the back end of their schedule. They knocked off Salem during the third week of the season 27-20 and was the toughest team they had to face through their first five contests. Dinwiddie took out Thomas Dale during the fifth week of the season and was supposed to have a little trouble with Petersburg on Friday. 56 points later, the Generals warmed up the bus and drove it right back to Dinwiddie. Peety Pope and Tyre Dalton combined for 304 rushing yards and five touchdowns in their 56-20 routing of Petersburg. Dinwiddie welcomes Hopewell next week.
Monacan: The Chiefs have emerged as a strong contender yet again in Region 4B and continue to have a great season. Since losing to Manchester four games ago, Monacan has knocked off its last four opponents including L.C. Bird on Friday night. The Skyhawks were the Chiefs toughest opponents left on the schedule for Monacan to face and they only allowed 14 points on the day from L.C. Bird. Stone Snyder led the Chiefs through the air connecting on 11-of-16 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. Tanner Addams and Stone Snyder combined for 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Midlothian will travel to Monacan next week.
Varina: The Blue Devils knew the toughest competition they were going to face all season (prior to the playoffs) would come during the last five weeks of the season. Looking to move on from their 28-27 loss at the hands of Henrico last week, Varina knocked off Lee-Davis 72-33 at home. The Blue Devils got huge lifts out of Bryson Ross and Dominique Hayes-Nelson who combined to pick up 191 rushing yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns on the evening. Varina will face another test in Atlee next week before taking on Highland Springs in what will be one of the most anticipated contests left in the Central Region.
Henrico: Warriors’ starting quarterback Jalon Jones is a bad man. The Florida commit completed 14-of-20 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns on Friday night in a 41-28 victory over Hanover. Fred Jones and Rasheid Jackson combined for 212 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the day while Eric McDaniels rushed for 101 yards. Henrico looks as if it’s back to their elite form since losing to Highland Springs three weeks ago. The Warriors will travel to Lee-Davis next week before concluding the regular season by traveling to Armstrong.
Hopewell: The Blue Devils suffered a drop in the Power 10 after losing their first contest of the season against Thomas Dale on Friday night. It took two overtimes for the Knights to come away with the victory at Merner Field and the contest was well worth the price of admission. However, if history is bound to repeat itself, we’ve seen this same exact story play out before with the Blue Devils. Robert Briggs carried the load on the ground for Hopewell picking up 187 rushing yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns while Daniel Grier connected on 12-of-20 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. Hopewell will travel to Dinwiddie next week.
Goochland: The Bulldogs are looking to run the table during the regular season for the third-consecutive year. They were able to make short work of Randolph-Henry 40-0. Perry Snead-Johnson and Devin McCray combined for five touchdowns to give Goochland the road victory they were searching for. The Bulldogs will host Prince Edward County on Friday whom they knocked off 56-8 last season.
Thomas Dale: You had to be a Merner Field on Friday night to truly appreciate everything that Thomas Dale has gone through this year. They were down to their fourth quarterback when Courtenay Burrell went out in the fourth quarter on Friday night. The Knights were able to knock off the Blue Devils in double overtime after switching to the Wildcat formation with DeAngelo Gray and Chris Tyree receiving the bulk of the work. Gray finished the night with three touchdowns and 83 rushing yards. Tyree picked up 113 rushing yards and one touchdown. From here on out it should be smooth sailing for the Knights with Granby and Prince George left on the schedule.
– Brandon Mitchell