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Monday, November 11, 2019

REGION TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

Your source for region championship information for field hockey and volleyball from now until champions are crowned over the next two weeks!

REMINDER: If you win your region's semifinal, you clinch a bid to your state tournament.

FIELD HOCKEY:


REGION 5B:

First Round (Wednesday 10/30):

#10 Mills Godwin 2, #7 Clover Hill 0
#8 Glen Allen 3, #9 J.R. Tucker 1

Quarterfinals (Monday 11/4):

Game 1: #8 Glen Allen 4, #1 Midlothian 3 (OT)
Game 2: #4 Matoaca 2, #5 Prince George 0
Game 3: #3 Atlee 1, #6 Douglas Freeman 0
Game 4: #2 Deep Run 6, #10 Mills Godwin 0

Semifinals (Wednesday 11/6):

#4 Matoaca 1, #8 Glen Allen 0
#3 Atlee 3, #2 Deep Run 2

Championship (Friday 11/8):

#3 Atlee 1, #4 Matoaca 0

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REGION 6A:

First Round (Wednesday 10/30, Regional Training Center, Virginia Beach):

Game 1: Tallwood 5, Oscar Smith 1
Game 2: Western Branch 8, Landstown 0
Game 3: Floyd Kellam 2, Ocean Lakes 0

Quarterfinals (Saturday 11/2, James River has a bye):

Game 4: Floyd Kellam 6, Grassfield 0
Game 5: Cosby 3, Thomas Dale 0
Game 6: Western Branch 1, Tallwood 0

Semifinals (Tuesday 11/5):

Floyd Kellam 3, Cosby 0
Western Branch 4, James River 0


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REGION 4B:

First Round (Friday 11/1):

#8 Grafton d. #9 Denbigh

Quarterfinals (Monday 11/4):

Game 1: #1 Lee-Davis 3, #8 Grafton 0
Game 2: #4 Monacan 3, #5 Powhatan 1
Game 3: #3 Jamestown 2, #6 Hanover 0
Game 4: #2 Warhill 6, #7 Patrick Henry 0

Semifinals (Wednesday 11/6):

#1 Lee-Davis 2, #4 Monacan 0
#2 Warhill 2, #3 Jamestown 1 (OT)

Championship (Thursday 11/7):

#1 Lee-Davis 3, #2 Warhill 2 (OT)

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REGION 3A:

First Round (Wednesday 10/30):

Game 1: #8 Bruton 1, #9 Lafayette 0
Game 2: #10 Colonial Heights 1, #7 Phoebus 0
Game 3: #6 New Kent 10, #11 Southampton 0

Quarterfinals (Monday 11/4):

Game 4: #1 Poquoson 6, #8 Bruton 0
Game 5: #5 Lakeland 2, #4 Hopewell 0
Game 6: #2 York 11, #10 Colonial Heights 0
Game 7: #3 Tabb 6, #6 New Kent 0





BOYS VOLLEYBALL:

REGION 6A:

First Round (Saturday 11/2):

#E4 Oscar Smith 3, #E5 Landstown 1
#E3 Ocean Lakes 3, #E6 Western Branch 0

Quarterfinals

Game 1: #E1 Floyd Kellam 3, #E4 Oscar Smith 0
Game 2: #E3 Ocean Lakes 3, #E2 Grassfield 0
Game 3: #W3 Cosby 3, #W2 Thomas Dale 1
Game 4: #W1 James River d. #E7 Tallwood

Semifinals (Thursday 11/7):

Floyd Kellam 3, Cosby 2
James River 3, Ocean Lakes 0

Championship (Saturday 11/9):

James River 3, Floyd Kellam 0


REGION 5B:

First Round (Saturday 11/2):

#9 J.R. Tucker 3, #8 Clover Hill 0
#10 Douglas Freeman 3, #7 Manchester 0

Quarterfinals (Monday 11/4):

Game 1: #1 Deep Run 3, #9 J.R. Tucker 0
Game 2: #4 Midlothian 3, #5 Mills Godwin 2
Game 3: #3 Atlee 3, #6 Prince George 0
Game 4: #2 Glen Allen 3, #10 Douglas Freeman 1

Semifinals (Thursday 11/7 at Glen Allen HS):

#1 Deep Run 3, #4 Midlothian 0
#2 Glen Allen 3, #3 Atlee 1

Championship (Tuesday 11/12 at Glen Allen HS):

#2 Glen Allen vs. #1 Deep Run, 7:30pm


CLASS 4, WESTERN SECTION:

Quarterfinals (Wednesday 11/6):

Game 1: #1 Maggie Walker 3, #8 Petersburg 0
Game 2: #5 Lee-Davis 3, #4 Monacan 1
Game 3: #3 Colonial Heights 3, #6 Dinwiddie 0
Game 4: #2 Patrick Henry 3, #7 Hanover 0

Semifinals (Monday 11/11):

#1 Maggie Walker GS 3, #5 Lee-Davis 1
#2 Patrick Henry 3, #3 Colonial Heights 1

Championship (Wednesday 11/13):

#2 Patrick Henry at #1 Maggie Walker GS, time TBA



GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:

REGION 6A

First Round (Saturday 11/2):

#E4 Western Branch 3, #E5 Landstown 1
#E3 Grassfield 3, #E6 Oscar Smith 0
#E2 Ocean Lakes 3, #E7 Tallwood 0

Quarterfinals

Game #1: #E2 Ocean Lakes 3, #E3 Grassfield 0
Game #2: #W4 Franklin County 3, #W1 James River 1
Game #3: #E1 Floyd Kellam 3, #E4 Western Branch 0
Game #4: #W3 Cosby 3, #W2 Thomas Dale 0

Semifinals (Thursday 11/7):

Floyd Kellam 3, Cosby 0


REGION 5B

First Round (Saturday 11/2 at Mills Godwin HS):

#8 Douglas Freeman 3, #9 Henrico 1
#10 Manchester 3, #7 Matoaca 0

Quarterfinals (Monday 11/4):

Game 1: #1 Mills Godwin 3, #8 Douglas Freeman 0
Game 2: #5 Midlothian 3, #4 Prince George 2
Game 3: #6 Glen Allen 3, #3 Deep Run 1
Game 4: #2 Atlee 3, #10 Manchester 0

Semifinals (Wednesday 11/6):

#1 Mills Godwin 3, #5 Midlothian 1
#2 Atlee 3, #6 Glen Allen 0

Championship (Tuesday 11/12):

#2 Atlee vs. #1 Mills Godwin, 5:30pm, Glen Allen HS


REGION 4B ("S" for South, "N" for North)

First Round (Monday 11/4):

#5S Hanover 3, #4S Dinwiddie 0
#4N King George 3, #5N Caroline 0

Quarterfinals (Wednesday 11/6):

Game 1: #1N Courtland 3, #5S Hanover 0
Game 2: #2S Powhatan 3, #3N Chancellor 1
Game 3: #3S Patrick Henry 3, #2N Spotsylvania 0
Game 4: #4N King George 3, #1S Monacan 0

Semifinals (Monday 11/11):

#1N Courtland 3, #2S Powhatan 2
#3S Patrick Henry 3, #4N King George 0

Championship (Wednesday 11/13):

#3S Patrick Henry at #1N Courtland, time TBA

REGION 3A:

First Round (Monday 11/4):

#8 Lafayette 3, #9 Colonial Heights 0
#10 York 3, #7 Petersburg 0
#6 New Kent 3, #11 I.C. Norcom 0

Quarterfinals (Wednesday 11/6):

Game 1: #1 Park View-South Hill d. #8 Lafayette
Game 2: #4 Lakeland d. #5 Booker T. Washington
Game 3: #2 Tabb d. #10 York
Game 4: #6 New Kent d. #3 Southampton

Semifinals (Monday 11/11):

#4 Lakeland at #1 Park View-South Hill, 6pm
#6 New Kent at #2 Tabb, 6pm

Championship (Tuesday 11/12):

Semifinal Winners at Higher Seed

REGION 3B:

First Round (Monday 11/4):

#7 Maggie Walker GS 3, #10 Brentsville District 1

Quarterfinals (Tuesday 11/5):

#2 George Mason 3, #7 Maggie Walker GS 0
#1 Goochland 3, Central-Woodstock 0

Semifinal (Thursday 11/7):

#1 Goochland 3, #4 William Monroe 0

Championship (Tuesday 11/12):

Independence at #1 Goochland, 6:30pm

REGION 2A:

First Round (Tuesday 11/5):

Game 1: #11 Greensville 3, #6 Thomas Jefferson 0
Game 2: #7 Windsor 3, #10 John Marshall 0
Game 3: #5 Nottoway 3, #12 Brunswick 0
Game 4: #9 Prince Edward 3, #8 Nandua 0

Quarterfinals (Thursday 11/7):

Game 5: #1 Bluestone 3, #9 Prince Edward 0
Game 6: #4 King William 3, #5 Nottoway 0
Game 7: #2 Poquoson 3, #7 Windsor 0
Game 8: #3 Amelia 3, #11 Greensville 0

Semifinals (Saturday 11/9):

#4 King William 3, #1 Bluestone 2
#2 Poquoson 3, #3 Amelia 0

Championship (Tuesday 11/12):

#4 King William at #2 Poquoson, time TBA



Sunday, November 10, 2019

VHSL Football Region Brackets

The brackets are set and the road to a state championship is now a five-game sprint to the finish! We will add dates/start times to all games as announced by the Virginia High School League, but expect most first round games this week to be on Friday.

REGION 6A:

#8 Western Branch at #1 Oscar Smith, 7pm
#7 Cosby at #2 Ocean Lakes, 7pm
#6 Grassfield at #3 Thomas Dale, 7pm
#5 Franklin County at #4 Landstown, 7pm

REGION 5B:

#8 Henrico vs. #1 Highland Springs, 7pm, Hermitage HS
#7 Douglas Freeman at #2 Manchester, 7pm
#6 Prince George at #3 Deep Run, 7pm
#5 Clover Hill at #4 Varina, 7pm

REGION 4B:

#8 King George at #1 Louisa, 7pm
#7 Dinwiddie at #2 Monacan, 7pm
#6 Huguenot at #3 Eastern View, 7pm
#5 Spotsylvania at #4 Patrick Henry, 7pm (Game of The Week on 102.9 The Mater and RVASportsNetwork.com, airtime 6:30pm with "On The Sidelines Pregame" with NBC12's Marc Davis presented by Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance!)

REGION 3A:

#8 Southampton at #1 Hopewell, 7pm
#7 Petersburg at #2 York, 7pm
#6 Tabb at #3 Phoebus, 7pm
#5 I.C. Norcom at #4 Lafayette, Saturday, 1pm, Wanner Stadium, Williamsburg

REGION 3B:

#8 Independence at #1 Goochland, 7pm
#7 Central-Woodstock at #2 James Monroe, 7pm, Maury Stadium, Fredericksburg
#6 George Mason at #3 Brentsville District
#5 Skyline at #4 William Monroe

REGION 2A:

#8 Brunswick at #1 Thomas Jefferson, 7pm, Huguenot High School
#7 Amelia at #2 King William, 7pm
#6 John Marshall at #3 Poquoson, 7pm, Poquoson Middle School Stadium
#5 Nottoway at #4 Greensville, 7pm

REGION 1A:

#8 Mathews at #1 Essex
#7 Northumberland at #2 Rappahannock
#6 West Point at #3 King & Queen Central, 7pm
#5 Colonial Beach at #4 Washington & Lee

NOTE: In all region brackets the winner of the #1/#8 game faces the #4/#5 winner in region semifinal action November 22/23, while the winner of the #2/#7 game takes on the #3/#6 winner.




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WEEK 11 FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

It's finally here. The final week of the regular season brings with it cold weather (no surprise), teams fighting for playoff position, teams building for next season, and a lot of unanswered questions. CLICK HERE for the latest region standings and playoff implications.


CLICK HERE to listen LIVE to Tomato Bowl 61 and the first playoff projections on the RVA Sports Network Scoreboard Show after the game! Airtime Friday night is 6:30pm on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM) and on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"! 

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#4 Varina vs. #1 Highland Springs, 1pm, Saturday, Hermitage High School: Another chapter will be written in this storied rivalry. For the Blue Devils, it's a chance to finally beat their biggest rivals for the first time since November 9, 2012. Varina has more weapons offensively than in recent years, and Highland Springs has had issues with turnovers in recent weeks. That will need to stop if the Springers look to extend their winning streak to 39 here, and, eventually, to 44 in order to win the Class 5 State Championship for the fifth straight season. In terms of quality of opponents, the playoffs start here for both teams; this is a great tune-up game.

#2 Hopewell at Matoaca, 7pm: It's simple for the 9-0 Blue Devils: win and you're the #1 seed in Region 3A regardless of what happens to fellow unbeaten York, as they finish with 0-9 Bruton. Treyveon Henderson is running away with Player of the Year honors, literally and figuratively. As for Matoaca, they must win to have hope to slide up to the #8 and final seed in Region 5B. They'll also need help. A J.R. Tucker upset of Hermitage in The Cat Bowl is necessary, and a Powhatan win over Huguenot helps, too. Henrico enters at 258 points knowing they will get a minimum of five points thanks to Hanover/Atlee, Tomato Bowl 61, and Highland Springs/Varina. Matoaca goes to 259 points with a victory, gets two points for the Meadowbrook/Prince George winner (Henrico gets two if Meadowbrook pulls the stunner), one point for Thomas Dale/Dinwiddie, two points if Colonial Heights beats Petersburg, one if the Crimson Wave win. Then there's The Cat Bowl.

Cosby at #3 Manchester, 7pm: The Lancers have a very outside shot at the top seed if Varina wins Saturday, so they'll want to win here. If Highland Springs wins, Manchester's next worry is making sure they outpoint Deep Run for the #2 seed. You'd rather have two home games ahead instead of one, and Deep Run will be a tough out for any opponent. The Titans try to end a three-game losing streak and enter the Region 6A playoffs on a very upbeat note. Cosby will make the postseason, win or lose. Where they'll be seeded will be determined Friday night. They are currently sixth.

Thomas Jefferson at #6 Deep Run, 7pm: The Hornik Bowl. Who would've thought, say, four years ago, that these two teams would meet with a combined record of 17-1. Deep Run head coach Chad Hornik changed the culture at Thomas Jefferson, then headed to Deep Run to do the same. Mission accomplished. The Wildcats looked fantastic in their 47-7 win over Glen Allen on last Friday's Game of The Week on 102.9 The Mater. They root for Cosby in hopes of grabbing the second seed. As for the Vikings, they've clinched #1 in Region 2A in their first season there. Win or lose, this team sharpens this team's resolve and focus as they get set to, they hope, host three games to try to capture the region championship.

#11 Clover Hill at #7 Monacan, 7:30pm: Very quietly, Monacan has risen through the ranks in Region 4B. Friday, with a win, they will clinch the top seed in the region, regardless of whether Louisa beats Albemarle to finish at 10-0. Monacan's only loss was to Manchester. As for Clover Hill, they need a win to guarantee the #5 seed in Region 5B. If they lose, #6 seed is in play, and so is the #7 seed should Douglas Freeman knock off Glen Allen. The Cavaliers, Royals and Rebels are all within one point in the region standings.

#9 Douglas Freeman at Glen Allen, 7pm: The Jaguars looked lost last week in their home loss to Deep Run which ended hopes for back to back playoff appearances. The Rebels rolled over a John Marshall that had defeated Glen Allen the week before. Douglas Freeman enters in seventh in Region 5B and, with a Monacan win over Clover Hill, the Rebels hope they could climb even higher. Douglas Freeman will be a tricky first round opponent come next Friday night. The storied career of Glen Allen's Devin Flowers comes to a close with this game as the all-time leading rusher in Central Region history.

TOMATO BOWL 61: Patrick Henry at Lee-Davis, airtime 6:30pm on 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), CLICK HERE to listen online, listen on @TuneIn app on "Radiall"!

The Patriots come off their bye week needing a win in Mechanicsville, a Thomas Dale win over Dinwiddie, and a King George win over Spotsylvania to have a chance to finish as the #4 seed and host a Region 4B first round game next week. Lee-Davis (2-7) leads the all-time series 30-29-1, but the Patriots seek their third straight victory in the storied series. Know the Confederates will use the entire playbook to try to end their disappointing season on a high note, trying to wrestle the Tomato Bowl trophy away from Patrick Henry.

Atlee at Hanover, 7pm: Disappointing seasons for both the Raiders and Hawks as this one-time red-hot rivalry is renewed Friday. It's the final game in an Atlee uniform for Tyler Warren, who will head to Penn State to play tight end next year.

Thomas Dale at Dinwiddie, 7pm: This is a big game for two teams already in their respective postseasons. The Knights need a win to ensure a first round home game and to at least have the #3 seed in Region 6A, while the Generals, currently sixth in Region 4B, need a win, and a loss by Spotsylvania to get a shot at the fourth seed and a home game next week. The biggest thing for both teams in this contest is to escape serious injury. You need all hands on deck when the postseason begins.

Powhatan at Huguenot, 7pm: The bottom of the Region 4B playoff race is nuts. Huguenot and Chancellor are tied for seventh, while King George and Powhatan are tied for ninth at about a half-point behind. If Chancellor and King George both lose, the winner of this game is likely in the playoffs. The loser is likely out. But it will be close, no matter what. For the Falcons and Indians, the playoffs are already here.

VISAA DIVISION I SEMIFINALS (Saturday):

#4 Fork Union at #1 St. Christopher's, 1pm
#3 Trinity Episcopal at #2 Benedictine, 1pm

OTHER GAMES:

J.R. Tucker at Hermitage, 7pm
Petersburg at Colonial Heights, 7pm
Midlothian at George Wythe, Saturday, 12pm
L.C. Bird at James River, 7pm
John Marshall at Mills Godwin, 7pm
Chancellor at Eastern View, 7pm
King George at Spotsylvania, 7pm
#5 Louisa at Albemarle, 7pm
New Kent at Smithfield, 7pm
Bluestone at Goochland, 7pm
King William at King & Queen Central, 7pm
Randolph-Henry at Amelia, 7pm
James Monroe at Caroline, 7pm
Essex at Rappahannock, 7pm




Monday, November 4, 2019

VHSL Football Region Standings: November 4

Teams which have wrapped up postseason bids will be noted with (**). Teams that have played a private school team and will have their final rating number divided by nine, not ten, at the end of the regular season, will still be noted with (*) beside their record. We also check the top schools in other regions. If a school has clinched the top seed in their region, they have a "Z" by them.

NOE: The A and B regions will play in state semifinal action come December 7, while Regions C and D will square off. State Championship Saturday is December 14.

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REGION 6A:

1) Oscar Smith (8-1): 33.111 (Z)**
2) Ocean Lakes (6-3): 29.889**
3) Thomas Dale (6-3): 28.444**
4) Landstown (6-3): 28.222**
5) Franklin County (5-4): 27.889**
6) Cosby (5-4): 26.111**
7) Grassfield (4-5): 25.333
8) Floyd Kellam (3-6): 23.778
    Western Branch (3-6): 23.778
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10) Tallwood (3-6): 23.0
11) James River (1-8): 20.444

ANALYSIS: The number one seed is set: Oscar Smith. Ocean Lakes is #2 with a win over Bayside, but a loss there and, if Thomas Dale beats Dinwiddie, the #2 seed is in play. The Knights cannot afford a loss, as it could drop them all the way to #5, which would mean a road game in the region quarterfinals on November 15, should Landstown and Franklin County both win. As for Cosby, despite a three-game losing streak and a big test Friday in Manchester, the Titans look safe for a playoff bid, but they'll likely start on the road, unless the Titans beat the Lancers and both Landstown and Franklin County lose, then the #4 seed might be in play. James River looks to 2020.

OTHER CLASS 6 REGIONS:

Region 6B: 1) Freedom-PW: 33.778; 2) Colonial Forge: 32.556; 3) Patriot: 32.333; 4) Massaponax: 32.0
Region 6C: 1) South County: 33.778; 2) Mt Vernon: 32.333; 3) Lake Braddock: 31.667; 4) West Springfield: 29.333
Region 6D: 1) Westfield: 35.333; 2) James Madison 31.667; 3) Yorktown: 30.667; 4) Chantilly 29.333

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REGION 5B:

1) Highland Springs (9-0*): 34.75**
2) Manchester (8-1): 32.444**
3) Deep Run (9-0): 31.778**
4) Varina (8-1): 30.667**
5) Prince George (6-3): 27.889**
6) Clover Hill (7-2): 27.556**
7) Douglas Freeman (7-2): 27.222
8) Henrico (6-4): 25.8
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9) Matoaca (5-4): 24.111
10) L.C. Bird (4-5): 24.0


ANALYSIS: First, to be clear, there's essentially one playoff berth up for grabs Friday night. Matoaca must defeat 9-0 Hopewell to have a chance to make the postseason. The Warriors (Matoaca) currently have 217 points. They would earn 42 points for a win over the Blue Devils, which would put them at 259. Henrico is currently at 258, but will get at least four rider points this week from the winners of the two Hanover County games (Atlee/Hanover, Tomato Bowl 61) and one from the Varina/Highland Springs showdown Saturday. Should Deep Run beat Thomas Jefferson, that's another point. With all that, Henrico would move to 264. Matoaca will get two from the Prince George/Meadowbrook winner, two if Colonial Heights upsets Petersburg, one if the Wave wins, and one point from the Thomas Dale/Dinwiddie winner. If Petersburg wins, then they are at 263. Matoaca would then need Powhatan to defeat Huguenot to get to 265/266 points, Varina to beat Highland Springs to hit 266/267, and J.R. Tucker to beat Hermitage for 268/269, again, the higher number if Colonial Heights beats Petersburg, the lower number should the Wave win. The best Henrico can do is 269, but that would take a Meadowbrook win over Prince George. Realistically, their ceiling is 267. Matoaca's maximum number is also 269, including wins from Colonial Heights and a J.R. Tucker win over Hermitage. Henrico needs Hermitage to win to earn two points. The Cat Bowl looms large. If Matoaca loses, Henrico is in. Douglas Freeman isn't completely out of the woods yet, either. A loss to Glen Allen puts them at 261 points. Their maximum number is 273, which includes wins by both James River (over L.C. Bird) and Lee-Davis (over Patrick Henry). Neither team is favored, thus 269 is a possibility. It should be enough to keep the #7 seed over Henrico, but Rebel fans should root for Hermitage this week to keep Matoaca, with a win, no higher than 267, provided Petersburg wins. A Huguenot win over Powhatan helps, too.

Up top, Highland Springs is #1 with a win over Varina, and they have the inside track to the top seed even if they lose. They'll know whether they must win when they hit the field at Hermitage Saturday. If Varina wins, they still may end up in the #4 slot, unless Deep Run or Manchester lose, then a win definitely moves them up. A Manchester win gives them 328 points before looking at other games involving games on their schedule, a Deep Run win give them 326. Highland Springs, with a loss, would be at 299 points before rider points, but remember they are divided by nine, not ten, their game with Avalon of Maryland not counting per VHSL rules.

If Clover Hill beats Monacan, they move into the #5 spot, no matter what happens to Prince George. L.C. Bird has been eliminated from contention.

OTHER CLASS 5 REGIONS:

Region 5A: 1) Maury: 32.667; 2) Salem-VB: 32.444; 3) Indian River: 30.333; 4) Woodside 30.0
Region 5C: 1) Stone Bridge 32.0; 2) Briar Woods: 26.556; 3) Woodgrove 25.778; 4) Riverside: 25.333
Region 5D: 1) Mountain View: 30.333; 2) North Stafford: 25.556; 3) PH-Roanoke: 25.5; 4) Harrisonburg: 23.222

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REGION 4B:

1) Louisa (9-0): 28.889**
2) Monacan (8-1): 28.222**
3) Eastern View (8-1): 26.333**
4) Spotsylvania (7-2): 25.556**
5) Patrick Henry (6-3): 25.0
6) Dinwiddie (5-4): 24.667
7T) Huguenot (5-4): 23.556
    Chancellor (5-4): 23.556
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9T) King George (5-4): 22.889
      Powhatan (4-5): 22.889


ANALYSIS: Six teams for four slots. That's where we stand. First, on our Game of The Week on 102.9 The Mater Friday, Patrick Henry needs to win Tomato Bowl 61 over Lee-Davis to be sure to be playing the following week. Mathematically, they need this. If they lost, and Dinwiddie, Huguenot, Chancellor and King George all won, it would come down to rider points from other games. With a Tomato Bowl win, the only team behind them that would definitely overtake them with a win is Dinwiddie, who plays Class 6 Thomas Dale (6-3). Now, should PH and Dinwiddie win and King George take down Spotsylvania, the Generals can eye that #4 seed and a first round home game, and it could be against Patrick Henry, but.....

If Eastern View defeats Chancellor and Spotsylvania defeats King George, then the winner of Huguenot and Powhatan likely is in the playoffs. If Chancellor and King George both win, then the winner needs help. We simply won't know the final configuration until games are completed on Friday. That includes the top seed, where, if Louisa loses and Monacan defeats Clover Hill, the Chiefs will be the #1 seed. If both teams win, however, Monacan, before rider points are added in, would be at 292 points, Louisa at 290. It would come down to results from other games for the top spot. In 2019, Region 4B is the region that has the most uncertainty on the final night of the season.

OTHER CLASS 4 REGIONS:

Region 4A: 1) Lake Taylor: 29.222; 2) Warhill: 27.889; 3) Churchland: 27.556; 4) Hampton: 24.9
Region 4C: 1) Broad Run: 31.333; 2) Liberty-Bealton: 30.667; 3) Tuscarora: 30.333; 4) Sherando: 26.556
Region 4D: 1) Salem: 30.0; 2) Pulaski Co: 29.222; 3) EC Glass: 28.222; 4) Halifax Co: 25.556

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REGION 3A:

1) York (9-0): 30.667**
     Hopewell (9-0): 30.667**
3) Phoebus (8-1): 30.111**
4) Lafayette (8-1): 26.333**
5) I.C. Norcom (5-4): 23.333**
6) Tabb (5-4): 22.0
7) Petersburg (4-5): 21.222
8) Booker T. Washington (4-5): 20.889
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9) Southampton (5-4): 20.444
10) New Kent (4-5): 18.778
11) Park View-South Hill (4-5): 18.556

ANALYSIS: Advantage Hopewell. A win Friday over 5-4 Matoaca should be enough to break the current tie with fellow unbeaten York and claim the top spot. York plays 0-9 Bruton while Phoebus, who held the lead for one week, has 4-5 Menchville in a makegood game from early September lost to Hurricane Dorian. You see where strength of schedule really hurts Lafayette, who is 8-1 like Phoebus, but can't finish any higher than fourth and, regardless of this week's results, seems to have that locked. Again, the Petersburg win over Matoaca was titanic, but there's still work to be done. They must defeat Colonial Heights. Southampton finishes with 3-6 Franklin in Class 1, who needs a win to have hope for a first round home game in Region 1B. Booker T. Washington has I.C. Norcom, who is trying to keep the fifth seed ahead of Tabb, who finish with Jamestown.

REGION 3B:

1) Goochland (8-1*): 26.5**
2) James Monroe (6-3): 25.111**
3) Brentsville District (6-3): 24.333**
4) William Monroe (5-4): 21.111**
5) Skyline (4-5): 19.444**
6) George Mason (4-5): 18.667**
7) Central Woodstock (4-5): 17.778
8) Warren County (2-7): 16.889
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9) Manassas Park (4-4) 16.625

ANALYSIS: This is simple. A Goochland win over Bluestone (2-7) gives the Bulldogs the top seed in their inaugural season in Region 3B. James Monroe faces Caroline, who only has one win. However, if the Bulldogs slip and James Monroe wins, they mathematically can wrestle the top seed away, and Brentsville District could enter the conversation for at least the #2 seed with a win over George Mason.

OTHER CLASS 3 REGIONS:

Region 3C: 1) Heritage (Lynchburg): 28.222; 2) Spotswood: 26.667; 3) Liberty Christian: 24.111; 4) Rockbridge Co: 23.556
Region 3D: 1) Lord Botetourt: 29.556; 2) Magna Vista: 26.333; 3) Northside: 25.667; 4) Hidden Valley: 25.0

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REGION 2A:

1) Thomas Jefferson (8-1): 25.222** (Z)
2) Greensville (7-2): 23.0**
3) Nottoway (7-2): 22.333**
4) Poquoson (5-4): 21.556**
5) King William (6-3*): 20.778**
6) John Marshall (5-4): 20.667**
7) Amelia (5-4): 19.222
8) Nandua (6-4): 18.3
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9) Arcadia (5-3): 17.5
10) Brunswick (4-5): 17.111

ANALYSIS: The Vikings have the top seed, an amazing accomplishment in a competitive region in their first season. Even if they lost to Deep Run, playing a Class 5 team who is 9-0 provides more points than Greensville can get by defeating Brunswick, who must win Friday for any hope to make the top eight. King William has a chance to jump higher, and get a home game in the quarterfinals, with a win over rival King & Queen Central, who started 8-0 before falling for the first time last week. Current eighth seed Nandua is done, but #9 Arcadia plays a winless team Friday. John Marshall and Amelia look to be good, but even wins on Friday likely keep them out of the top four and, thus, on the road in the quarterfinals.

OTHER CLASS 2 REGIONS:

Region 2B: 1) Stuarts Draft: 26.667; 2) Clarke Co: 24.222; 3) Buckingham Co: 23.444;4) Strasburg: 22.333
Region 2C: 1) Appomattox: 24.222; 2) Radford: 22.778; 3) Gretna: 21.556; 4T) Floyd Co/Glenvar: 20.0
Region 2D: 1) Ridgeview: 24.556; 2) Union: 24.222; 3) Graham: 21.889; 4) Central-Wise: 21.0

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REGION 1A:

1) Essex (8-1): 21.556**
2) Rappahannock (7-2): 21.333**
3) King & Queen Central (8-1): 20.889**
4) Washington & Lee (5-4): 19.889**
5) Colonial Beach (5-4): 17.333**
6) West Point (6-4): 17.0**
7) Middlesex (6-3): 16.333
8) Northumberland (4-5): 14.333
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9) Mathews (2-7): 11.778


ANALYSIS: Essex is playing for the top seed when they face Rappahannock on Friday, but King & Queen Central is still in the mix by playing a Class 2 school in King William, who has six wins, while, even though Washington & Lee is currently tied for third, they face a five-win region rival in Colonial Beach. They can't get the top seed with Essex and Rapphannock playing each other. We won't know the order of the top four until late Friday night. But, it looks like the top four are set, in some order. Even with a win, Colonial Beach would likely stay in fifth. West Point is in, but a Middlesex win over Mathews could cost them a slot. Mathews must win that game and have Northumberland lose to winless Lancaster to have a prayer of getting to the eighth and final seed.

OTHER CLASS 1 REGIONS:

Region 1B: 1) Riverheads: 26.444; 2) Sussex Central: 21.556; 3) Wm Campbel: 18.0; 4) Central-Lunenburg: 16.5
Region 1C: 1) Galax: 23.75; 2) Narrows: 22.889; 3) George Wythe-W: 21.75; 4) Covington: 17.111
Region 1D: 1) PH-Glade Spring: 24.889; 2) J.I. Burton: 21.556; 3) Chilhowie: 21.111; 4) Castlewood: 18.667



Friday, November 1, 2019

WEEK 10 SCOREBOARD

#1 Highland Springs 27, Colonial Forge 20
#2 Hopewell 40, #9 Prince George 7
#3 Manchester 40, L.C. Bird 19
#4 Varina 57, Atlee 16
#5 Louisa 42, Western Albemarle 24
#6 Deep Run 47, Glen Allen 7
#7 Monacan 35, Cosby 10
#10 Douglas Freeman 42, John Marshall 6
#11 Thomas Jefferson 40, J.R. Tucker 0
#12 Clover Hill 49, George Wythe 12

Henrico 63, Lee-Davis 8
Petersburg 34, Matoaca 28
Hanover 28, Armstrong 8
Powhatan 24, James River 0
Dinwiddie 63, Meadowbrook 0
Thomas Dale 35, Granby 0
Huguenot 47, Midlothian 7
Hermitage 21, Mills Godwin 14
New Kent 32, Jamestown 14
King William 44, West Point 18
St. Christopher's 31, Collegiate 7

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Week 10 Football Previews

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GAME OF THE WEEK: #6 Deep Run (8-0) at Glen Allen (4-4), 6:30pm airtime, 102.9 The Mater (102.9 FM/1430 AM), CLICK HERE to listen online, also on @TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"...

Deep Run knows they are in the Class 5, Region B playoffs beginning November 15th. The Wildcats are 8-0 for the first time since 2008 and the third time in school history dating back to 2003. The last time they were 8-0, they lost to Hermitage, finished 9-1, and missed the postseason back in the days where only district winners and four wild card teams advanced in the old Division 6 and Division 5 format in the former Group AAA. The Wildcats look for back to back playoff bids as they earned back in 2005 and 2006. More importantly, they look to keep pace with Manchester, who barely overtook them in the Region 5B standings for second place behind Highland Springs. As for the Jaguars, they missed a huge opportunity to really be in position to wrestle a bid away from the likes of Henrico or Matoaca by falling last week to John Marshall. A win at home Friday, then a win over Douglas Freeman to end the regular season, and the Jaguars have hope. One win may not be enough.
Which defense wins the day? The Jags must contend with Fischer Player of The Year Award candidate Bo Kite and the Wildcats must stop the Central Region's all-time leading rusher in Devin Flowers.

#1 Highland Springs (8-0) at Colonial Forge (7-1), 7pm: This would have been our Game of The Week had it been closer to Richmond. The Springers, with trips to Virginia Beach, Greensboro, and to Manchester behind them, now head to Stafford County. Jones, Bradford, Smith and the rest of the Springer offense should be ready for, perhaps, their toughest test, especially on defense, this regular season. The Eagles have given up more than 13 points once, in their 30-27 loss to Freedom-Prince William. They held Massaponax to a field goal last Friday. They are for real. Highland Springs' defense will need to be ready to answer in a game that seems a bit destined to be played in the teens or the low 20's. Remember that Colonial Forge leads Region 6B over Freedom and Massaponax and are trying to clinch their region's top seed. Nothing clinches better than ending a 37-game winning streak. But the Springers have had Virginia's biggest target on their back all season. They'll be ready.

#3 Manchester (7-1) at L.C. Bird (4-4), 7pm: The Lancers, now number two in Region 5B, faces the same type of opponent Deep Run has, a fellow Region 5B member at 4-4, on the outside looking in, in desperate need of a victory. The Skyhawks haven't missed the playoffs since, literally, the 20th century. They need a win, but to do that, they need to find their offense. Save their win over George Wythe, they've scored 20 points or more just twice. Meanwhile, Manchester has been held under 27 points just once, in their 26-16 loss to Highland Springs. The Lancers know all about Colonial Forge, and find themselves, for once, rooting for them.

#2 Hopewell (8-0) at #9 Prince George (6-2), 7pm: This traditional rivalry has not seen a game with this much on the line in a very, very long time. For the Blue Devils, they look to stay unbeaten and, now, catch up to Phoebus, who grabbed the top seed in Region 3A thanks to a win over previously unbeaten Woodside. Hopewell is tied for second with York, who has their shot at an unbeaten team this week, Warhill. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, have their hands full. A young, determined Prince George team knows that if they can stick to their bread and butter, power offensive football, win the time of possession, sustain long drives, and, on defense, hold Hopewell to 30 percent or under on third down conversions, they can win. Prince George already has signature wins this year over Douglas Freeman, Dinwiddie, and Thomas Dale. A win over Hopewell would be the biggest of all, and easily seal a playoff bid in Region 5B, something few saw coming back in August.

#4 Varina (7-1) at Atlee (3-5), 7pm: It will be a very emotional Senior Night at Atlee, as the community continues to mourn the sudden passing of senior Garrett Kirby, a member of their baseball team, and teammate and friend to many on the football team. The Blue Devils come in off their bye week and should not be looking ahead to their showdown with Highland Springs. Varina knows they are playing their best football in years and are in a position to make a deep playoff run. Ideally, from a mental standpoint, they're already in playoff mode.

#7 Monacan (7-1) at Cosby (5-3), 7:30pm: The Chiefs are back in the discussion at the top of Region 4B, nearly catching second-seeded Eastern View during the Cyclones' bye week last week. If Spotsylvania beats Eastern View and Monacan wins this game, the #2 seed is theirs with one very difficult game to go. The Chiefs are playing their best football of the season right now, but now have to go to play a Cosby team struggling offensively that will count on their defense to keep the game close. Cosby may make the playoffs if they, for some reason, ended 5-5, but they will make it at 6-4. A win here seals a 6A bid. The Titan defensive front better disrupt, and early, for a chance to win.

#8 Benedictine (7-1) at St. John Paul the Great (0-8), 7pm: The Cadets just behind St. Christopher's for the top seed in Division I of VISAA. The Saints get arch rival Collegiate on Saturday. A Cadet win here and a Cougars win Saturday, and the road to the state title goes through Benedictine.

John Marshall (5-3) at #10 Douglas Freeman (6-2), 7pm: What a win for Coach Sims and the Justices last week, holding Devin Flowers and Glen Allen to just six points. The Justices can vault into contention for a first round home game in Region 2A with another big win Friday. This will be tough for John Marshall, however, as the Rebels have been finding ways to win, seemingly, week in and week out. If behind in the fourth quarter, Douglas Freeman is completely sure of their ability to find the path to victory. With a slight lead over #8 Henrico and #9 Matoaca in the Region 5B standings, the Rebels can't afford a slip up here.

J.R. Tucker (1-7) at #11 Thomas Jefferson (7-1), Saturday, 2pm: The Vikings are in the driver's seat in Region 2A after a gutsy road win at Gretna last Friday. A rare home date awaits Thomas Jefferson, who look for their eighth win ahead of a trip to Deep Run in the regular season finale. The teams could have a combined record of 17-1 should both the Wildcats and Vikings prevail this week. The "Hornik Bowl" would be a game the magnitude of which no one could have dreamed of even just a year or two ago. Hornik helped begin the turnaround at TJ before leaving for Deep Run, where he has the Wildcats playing their best in a decade.

George Wythe (0-8) at #12 Clover Hill (6-2), 7pm: The Cavaliers should officially punch a ticket to the playoffs with a win Friday, perhaps the biggest surprise in a season full of them in Region 5B. With their Cavaliers moving out of Class 6 into Class 5, and after a 2018 which saw progress, few still believed they could take a big enough step to join the final eight standing after this season, but with a good performance Friday, the Cavaliers will do just that. A win gets them 24 points, while a Prince George loss to Hopewell earns them 20, so it would be a matter of other results as to who is the #5 seed with a week to play. If Prince George knocks off Hopewell (notice we didn't say upset), the Royals pull away.

Matoaca (5-3) at Petersburg (3-5), 7pm: The Warriors must pick up the pieces of the stunning loss at home last Friday to Thomas Dale and find a way to stop the Crimson Wave, who enter the game tied for the eighth and final playoff seed in Region 3A. They're tied with Southampton, who faces #10 Park View-South Hill in, essentially, an elimination game, unless Petersburg falls here. As for Matoaca, just behind Henrico, who took over eighth in Region 5B with a win over Hanover last week after the Hail Mary for Thomas Dale, they need a win to position themselves for the final week, when Henrico has a bye (they finish 6-4 with a win over Lee-Davis Friday) and have no on-field control over their destiny, and playoff hopes. Plus, should L.C. Bird or Glen Allen pull off an upset Friday, then suddenly it's three teams for one spot, but only two playing. A postseason caliber team wins this game. This is Matoaca's time to prove they belong.

Lee-Davis (2-6) at Henrico (5-4), 7pm: As mentioned above, the Warriors of Henrico overtook the Warriors of Matoaca for the eighth and final Region 5B seed last week. Barely. A slip up here and hopes are damaged. We haven't seen the best that Henrico can be yet. Not knowing whether they have an eleventh game in their season, and on the bye next week, we expect them to pull out all the stops to try to take Lee-Davis out of the game early on Senior Night. All Henrico can do is win, then practice next week with the hopes there will be a game on November 15th. Eric McDaniels could have a huge night.

Dinwiddie (4-4) at Meadowbrook (0-8), 7pm: With a win, Dinwiddie would overtake Patrick Henry, who is idle this week, for the fourth seed in Region 4B, even with a win over a winless Meadowbrook. But to keep that, they may need to win out, which includes handling Thomas Dale at home next Friday, and, at this hour, the Knights look good for the Region 6A playoffs, but need one more win to make sure. The Generals need to come out of this game without any needless injuries. They'll need all hands on deck the rest of the way, however long the road might be.

Huguenot (4-4) at Midlothian (2-6), 7pm: This is a tough draw for Huguenot. Midlothian, coming off a Coal Bowl victory over rival James River, is, yes, playing for next year. But the Trojans, after back to back playoff appearances the past two years after a three-decade absence, still took steps forward in their climb from Class 4 to Class 5. They want to be where Prince George and Clover Hill find themselves at this time next year. Thus, the Falcons get a ninth game opponent with absolutely nothing to lose on their home field. And, with #8 Chancellor, #9 King George, and #10 Powhatan all within a point of the Falcons, there is no room for error here. Look for Kevin Gayles to have a breakout game should Huguenot win.

OTHER GAMES:

Granby (3-6) at Thomas Dale (5-3), 7pm
James River (1-7) at Powhatan (3-5), 7:30pm
Hanover (1-7) at Armstrong (1-7), 7pm
Mills Godwin (3-5) at Hermitage (2-6), 7pm
Caroline (1-7) at King George (4-4), 7pm
Eastern View (8-0) at Spotsylvania (6-2), 7pm
King William (5-3) at West Point (6-3), 7pm
Goochland (7-1) at Central-Lunenburg (5-4), 7pm
Middlesex 13, King & Queen Central 12
Washington & Lee (5-3) at Essex (7-1), 7pm
Amelia (4-4) at Cumberland (0-8), 7pm
Mathews (1-7) at Charles City (1-5), 7pm
Jamestown at New Kent, 7pm

Monday, October 28, 2019

In The Red Zone: Henrico Boys Basketball Coach Vance Harmon

Join us LIVE, or listen live tonight at 6pm for "In The Red Zone" live from Sports Page Grille Ashland!

Host Rob Witham welcomes Vance Harmon, longtime head boys basketball coach at Henrico High School. Plus, we'll have the latest on the high school football playoff races with two weeks left in the regular season, a preview of Randolph-Macon/Washington & Lee football this Saturday and more!

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