Recruit804 Friday Night Scoreboard: Thomas Dales owns L.C. Bird, James River upsets Douglas Freeman
#3 L.C. Bird 6, #5 Thomas Dale 36 (Upset)
#4 Manchester 26, Riverbend 13
#7 Douglas Freeman 20, James River 22 (Upset)
Thomas Jefferson 27, Armstrong 20
Goochland 32, Fork Union 0
Benedictine 31, St. Paul the Great 7
Huguenot 34, Jamestown 24
Trinity Episcopal 26, St. Christopher’s 0
REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD
Thomas Dale was firing on all cylinders on Friday night against L.C. Bird. It took nine seasons for the Knights to get over the hump against the Skyhawks and they sure did tap into some pent-up emotions for this one. We are definitely not accustomed to witnessing lackluster performances out of L.C. Bird; however, the Knights took this one from the Skyhawks on Friday night simply because they wanted it more. Despite bottling up Chris Tyree, Elijah Burns was able to rush the ball for 125 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
GOOCHLAND ON THE MOVE
As if it were bad enough that Jasper Carter and the Bulldogs completely destroyed Thomas Jefferson last week, they followed it up with a 32-0 beatdown in the rain over Fork Union. Goochland has opened the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011. After reaching the 2A state semifinals last season, it would appear that the Bulldogs are gearing up for another championship run.
Thomas Dale performing admirably the way they did against L.C. Bird was absolutely inspiring. At the same time, it was also predictable. James River knocking off Douglas Freeman came way out of left field. Over the last two seasons, the Rebels didn’t pick up their first loss of the season until the last week of the regular season. In both years Douglas Freeman lost to Hermitage. James River hadn’t beaten the Rebels their last five times out. Huguenot next week should provide another winnable challenge before taking on L.C. Bird on September 15.
– Brandon Mitchell