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Friday, October 27, 2023



Colonial Heights 28, Petersburg 7
Powhatan 44, Clover Hill 8
Prince Edward 48, Nottoway 42


Hanover 38, Douglas Freeman 35
Atlee 28, Mechanicsville 3
Mills Godwin 35, Deep Run 15
Patrick Henry 21, Henrico 19
Glen Allen 42, J.R. Tucker 0
Huguenot 30, Midlothian 15
Cosby 16, L.C. Bird 13
Manchester 61, Richmond School For The Arts 8
James River 21, Monacan 7
Thomas Dale 28, Hopewell 24
Dinwiddie 56, Meadowbrook 12
Matoaca 45, Prince George 0
Thomas Jefferson 28, Armstrong 12
Benedictine 42, St. Michael the Archangel 13
Collegiate 38, Norfolk Academy 7
Goochland 7, Fluvanna 6
King William 48, West Point 8

Courtland 45, Caroline 7
Louisa 28, Albemarle 13
Smithfield 27, New Kent 24 (F/OT)
Amelia 28, Central-Lunenburg 21
Buckingham 49, Cumberland 0
Eastern View 58, Chancellor 15
King George 48, Spotsylvania 6
Northumberland 50, Colonial Beach 18
Southampton 49, Windsor 0

Poquoson 42, Bruton 7
Grafton 62, Jamestown 0
Warhill 37, Tabb 6
Essex 38, Lancaster 28
Rappahannock at Westmoreland, 7pm
Mathews at Charles City, CANCELED
King & Queen Central 48, Middlesex 13
Northampton 49, Arcadia 28
Kettle Run 56, Fauquier 6
Meridian 28, Warren Co. 7

Sussex Central 22, Brunswick 20
Greensville 44, Franklin 6
PH-Roanoke 62, Blacksburg 0
William Fleming 21, Franklin County 0
Landstown 56, First Colonial 17
Western Branch 20, Grassfield 14 (F/OT)
Lake Taylor 34, I.C. Norcom 28
Oscar Smith 41, Hickory 14


Highland Springs 20, Varina 19
Booker T. Washington 70, John Marshall 0
Trinity Episcopal 33, Woodberry Forest 30


Armstrong at Manassas Park, 6pm

Monday, October 23, 2023



Dinwiddie 70, Prince George 21
Brunswick 30, John Marshall 7
Cosby 27, Huguenot 26 (F/OT)
Thomas Jefferson 53, J.R. Tucker 0
Courtland 42, Chancellor 7
Northampton 35, Snow Hill (MD) 24
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 45, Fuqua 6


Thomas Dale 28, Patrick Henry 17
Highland Springs 36, Hermitage 6
Douglas Freeman 32, Mills Godwin 7
Glen Allen 42, Deep Run 0
Hanover 30, Henrico 7
Varina 41, Atlee 3

Manchester 22, L.C. Bird 7
King William 42, Mechanicsville 14
Hopewell 39, Meadowbrook 8
James River 13, Midlothian 12
Clover Hill 21, Richmond School For The Arts 0
Powhatan 23, Monacan 20
Caroline at Colonial Heights, POSTPONED to Saturday, 11am
Matoaca 45, Petersburg 0
Poquoson 54, New Kent 3
Benedictine 49, Mount Zion 12
Flint Hill 28, Collegiate 7
Louisa 38, Fluvanna 27
Central-Lunenburg 48, Cumberland 6
Amelia at Randolph-Henry, POSTPONED to Monday
Buckingham 47, Prince Edward 6
Spotsylvania 32, James Monroe 6
King George 28, Eastern View 16
Essex 52, Colonial Beach 8

Rappahannock 20, Lancaster 14
King & Queen Central 80, Charles City 22
Sussex Central 36, Franklin 8
Greensville 42, Windsor 7

Albemarle 34, Charlottesville 6
PH-Roanoke 30, Christiansburg 21
Brentsville District 56, Fauquier 0

William Byrd 18, Franklin County 10
Lord Botetourt 14, William Fleming 13
Landstown 14, Floyd Kellam 7
Nansemond River 43, Grassfield 12
King's Fork 21, Oscar Smith 19
Indian River 43, Western Branch 6


Colonial Heights 42, Caroline 7
Trinity Episcopal 28, St. Christopher's 24

Northumberland 49, Westmoreland 8


Amelia 36, Randolph-Henry 22


Varina 7, Hermitage 6


In just two short weeks, the playoff brackets will be set! So, here's the penultimate RVA Sports Network Super 12 High School Football Poll, featuring changes (returns) in the final three selections!

1) Highland Springs (7-1, was #1, vs. #5 Varina Saturday)
2) Thomas Dale (8-0, was #2, vs. #10 Hopewell Friday)
3) Manchester (7-1, was #3, vs. Richmond School For The Arts Friday)
4) Benedictine (8-0, was #4, vs. St. Michael the Archangel Friday)
5) Varina (6-1, was #5, at Hermitage Tuesday, at #1 Highland Springs Saturday)
6) Dinwiddie (5-3, was #6, at Meadowbrook Friday)
7) Thomas Jefferson (7-0, was #7, vs. Armstrong Friday, Hovey Field, VUU)
8) Matoaca (7-1, was #8, at Prince George Friday)
9) Glen Allen (6-2, was #9, at J.R. Tucker Friday)
10) Hopewell (6-2, returns, at #2 Thomas Dale Friday)
11) Trinity Episcopal (4-3, returns, vs. Woodberry Forest Saturday)
12) Douglas Freeman (7-2, returns, vs. Hanover Friday)

Dropping Out: Hermitage (#10), Huguenot (#11), L.C. Bird (#12)

On The Cusp: Hanover, Huguenot, L.C. Bird, Hermitage


(Varina has two big tests this week beginning Tuesday at Hermitage, to be heard LIVE on the RVA Sports Network. File Photo: Rachel Witham, RVASN)

CLICK HERE to listen to Varina at Hermitage Tuesday at 7pm!

Saturday, October 21, 2023

THE #TEAM136 REPORT: Week 7: #10/11 Randolph-Macon 48, Shenandoah 13

There's no place like home.

At Homecoming 2023, Randolph-Macon College football took another step forward, registering an overall better performance than the one they presented a week ago on the road at Bridgewater.

Interestingly enough, the bottom line that matters most, the scoreboard, showed the Yellow Jackets won each game by 35 points, as Randolph-Macon handled the Hornets of Shenandoah Saturday afternoon 48-13.

There were no early turnovers to take advantage of, no 18 or 8-yard drives to help kick start the Randolph-Macon scoring. This week, it was a methodical 75-yard drive to open the contest, mixing up short Drew Campanale pass completions with classic Yellow Jacket rushing to take the early 7-0 lead, the nine play drive wrapped up by Nick Hale's eleventh touchdown run of the season from two yards out.

Whether to his left, right, or over the middle, Campanale's strong start helped the Yellow Jackets chew up nearly six minutes off the clock, the first step in seizing early control of the contest.

"They were pretty determined, I think, to not let us throw it downfield," Randolph-Macon head coach Pedro Arruza said. "They were going to stay back and not give us shots, so, you know, I think, okay, we're going to make you keep things underneath and rush the ball."

Shenandoah's first possession consisted of three incomplete passes and 23 seconds of elapsed time. The Yellow Jackets regained the ball, ran thirteen plays, drove 70 yards and scored on a Kwesi Clarke six-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the quarter. The Hornets promptly fumbled the ensuing kick return, with Randolph-Macon recovering at the Shenandoah 27 by Silas James.

Nick Hale ran for 14 yards to end the quarter. Nick Hale scored from 13 yards out to begin the second period. By the time Shenandoah quarterback Steven Hugney completed his first pass, it was Randolph-Macon 21, Shenandoah 0.

A usually balanced attack was forced into playing mostly over the air, though Hugney did use quick, short passes which worked as well as runs. The Hornets' most impressive drive took place in the second quarter, traveling 75 yards in 13 plays, capped by a three-yard score on the ground by the junior from Fairfax. The snap on the point after was dropped, keeping the score at 21-6.

Campanale completed the scoring, on the ground, as he rushed for a ten-yard score with a minute left, making the intermission margin 22 points at 28-6.

Clarke added a one-yard rushing touchdown in the third, while Campanale threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to JoJo Marinella on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mitchell Johnson (Powhatan) finished the scoring on a one-yard rush with 5:06 to play.

The Marinella score was the second part of a two-act play which unfolded as the third period ended. The veteran was not set correctly on a play, prompting a timeout by Arruza to correct the situation. It was easy to see it was a stern, one-sided, conversation. But what happened two plays later? You count on the senior to make a big play, stretching his arms to full extension to corral the ball and score. Marinella's body language was a great representation of what the Franklin, Massachusetts native has done during his time as a Yellow Jacket.

"We burned a timeout. That's going to cost us in a game that's closer," Arruza explained. "JoJo is a great player. He's our captain, he's our leader, I love the kid. The kid's gritty, tough. That kid has maxed out his ability. He's a guy who, there have more talented guys that have come through here, but that kid keeps competing."

High praise for a player who plays bigger than his 5'10", 179-pound frame. And he is the story of this Yellow Jacket program. Find young men who are coachable, who sacrifice personal accolades and set aside ego to pour everything the team, and the goals that are set for them.

That is how you become a program that expects to win conference championships year in and year out in a push to become a respected program at the national Division III level. 

But none of that matters if the Yellow Jackets fall in what is, to this point, by far and away their biggest test of the season, when Washington & Lee comes to Day Field next Saturday. The last time the Generals were here, it was a walk-off touchdown and two-point conversion with no time remaining, stunning the Yellow Jackets, costing them the 2021 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title. And, while history indicates that the 2023 edition of Generals football may have more struggles than their 2021 counterparts, they, no doubt, will present the biggest challenges to Randolph-Macon, especially defensively.

The triple option is coming to Ashland, and Arruza, his staff and players, look to be ready to accept that challenge, meet it, and, with a win next week, seize control of the conference heading into November.

The Generals are 4-0 in ODAC play, 6-1 overall, and have come from behind in the second half for wins over Averett, and, today, at Hampden-Sydney, scoring the final fourteen points for a 21-17 victory that sends the Tigers to 2-2 in conference play and effectively out of contention for the conference title.

Randolph-Macon is 4-0, 7-0. Will next Saturday be the de facto conference title game? Only time will tell. But the only thing that matters right now for Arruza, and his team, is getting ready for the Generals.

With Bridgewater's resounding win at Averett today, the Eagles are 3-1 in conference play, but lose the head-to-head battle with Randolph-Macon thanks to that 38-3 win last Saturday by the Yellow Jackets in a surprisingly sunny Shenandoah Valley. The Eagles will be rooting for the Generals next Saturday, because they travel to Lexington the following week, November 4th, with a chance to win and cause a three-way tie for first place entering the final week of the regular season.

Some statistics of note from today's game, and overall, which need to be pointed out.

--Randolph-Macon had 34 first downs in the game while Shenandoah had twelve. Twenty-one of those came on the ground. Total plays run were 80-45 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

--The Yellow Jackets rushed 56 times (!) for 290 yards. Shenandoah carried the ball nine times for 31 yards, a 3.4 per carry average, higher than what Randolph-Macon had allowed entering the game (24.5 ypg).

--Nick Hale now has 542 rushing yards and twelve touchdowns. Kwesi Clarke has 385 yards and eleven scores. Mitchell Johnson has 366 yards and nine touchdowns, while Cameron Chatmon hit the 350-yard mark and, while he didn't score today, he has five rushing tallies of his own.

--Hale's two scores push him to fifth all-time in rushing touchdowns in Yellow Jacket history, now with 30, besting the 29 by Thaddeus Scruggs (2008-2011). His next touchdown would tied him with Eric Hoy (2015-2018) for fourth.

--Campanale went 14-of-18 for 165 yards and the touchdown to Marinella. He now has 3,604 career passing yards, surpassing Doug Toan (1969-1971) for eighth all-time. This is Drew's eighteen game with the Yellow Jackets.

--The defense gave up 280 total yards, 249 through the air, 86 of them on two passes on Shenandoah's final touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. 

--With a fumble recovery and a Coleton Payne interception, Randolph-Macon has now forced sixteen turnovers in ODAC play (four games). They entered the game second in Division III nationally in turnover margin at 2.50.

--Liban Farah of Shenandoah had an outstanding game with 13 solo tackles. Tony Skinner led Randolph-Macon with six tackles, four of them solo.

(File Photo)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023


UPDATED 10/18/2023 with new power rankings in bold:


1) Thomas Dale          33.429
2) Highland Springs  31.857
3) Manchester             30.571
4) Glen Allen                29.429
5) Oscar Smith            29.143
6) Western Branch     23.857
7T) Landstown            23.571
        Grassfield              23.571
9) Meadowbrook        22.375
10) Cosby                       20.429
11) Deep Run                19.375

ANALYSIS: Thomas Dale's final three opponents, Patrick Henry, Hopewell and Petersburg, have a combined ten wins. Highland Springs finishes with Hermitage, Varina and Hanover, and they hold a combined fourteen. If the Knights and Springers both win out, other game results from their opponents will likely decide who gets the number one seed. Why is that important? Home field advantage through the region championship round on Thanksgiving weekend. Manchester's chances to jump both teams are remote. After Friday's game with five-win L.C. Bird, they finish with the winless Richmond School For The Arts and Cosby, currently on the outside looking in. Glen Allen has Oscar Smith breathing down its neck for the #4 seed and a first round home game. The Tigers have a huge game at unbeaten King's Fork Friday which, with a win, would leapfrog the Jaguars, even if they defeat one-win Deep Run. Of the other Richmond teams, Meadowbrook has the best mathematical chance to get to the top eight, but the road is very difficult, already having played eight games and having Hopewell and Dinwiddie to wrap the season.

OTHER CLASS 6 REGIONS (NOTE: In state semifinals December 2nd, Region 6A champion will play Region 6C champion, and Region 6B and Region 6D winners will square off. This is a change approved by the VHSL as requested by Class 6 officials. This classification has done this in some past years over the last decade):

REGION 6B: 1) Mountain View 33.143; 2) Freedom-PW 32.667; 3) Battlefield 31.429; 4) Colonial Forge 30.125
REGION 6C: 1) Lake Braddock 30.143; 2) South County 29.429; 3) West Springfield 29.286; 4) Thomas Edison 27.714
REGION 6D: 1) James Madison 34.0; 2) McLean 31.429; 3) South Lakes 30.571; 4) Washington-Liberty 30.0



1) Patrick Henry-Roanoke   28.857
2) Matoaca                                 28.286
3) Hermitage                             27.714
4) Louisa                                     27.286
5) Mills Godwin                        25.857
6) Douglas Freeman              25.5
7) L.C. Bird                                 25.143
8) Franklin County                 24.714
9) Midlothian                            24.571
10) William Fleming              23.714
11) Albemarle                          23.0
12) Prince George                   21.143
13) James River                      20.286
14) J.R. Tucker                         19.714
15) Clover Hill                          17.0

ANALYSIS: The Patriots of Roanoke take over the top spot, thanks in part to Glen Allen's win over Hermitage. Matoaca's rout of Hopewell puts them in prime position to challenge for the top seed in a region they requested to be in during the reclassification process a year ago. How close is this region? Midlothian, who is 5-2, with a win over James River Friday, could leap back into the top eight and then some, with #5 Mills Godwin and #6 Douglas Freeman facing each other, #7 L.C. Bird hosting Manchester and #8 Franklin County battling 6-1 William Byrd from Class 3. Louisa could further separate themselves from those behind them with a win over 5-2 Fluvanna Friday. At the top? PH-Roanoke gets 7-1 Christiansburg (Class 3), while Hermitage has Highland Springs. A win for Matoaca at Petersburg coupled with losses by the Patriots and Panthers could put the Warriors at #1 with two weeks left. There is going to be a tremendous amount of movement down the stretch here, with essentially eleven teams left in the hunt.

OTHER CLASS 5 REGIONS (NOTE) All other classes will have A vs. B and C vs. D in the state semifinals on December 2nd:

REGION 5A: 1) Green Run 30.286; 2) Frank W. Cox 26.429; 3T) Tallwood and Salem-Va Beach 24.714
REGION 5B: 1) Maury 32.286; 2) King's Fork 30.857; 3) Warwick 28.75; 4) Nansemond River 27.286
REGION 5D: 1) Briar Woods 29.286; 2) Lightridge 26.0; 3) Massaponax 25.143; 4) Stone Bridge 25.0



1) King George           29.429
2) Varina                       28.333
3) Eastern View          27.143
4) Huguenot               26.333
5) Dinwiddie               24.286
6) Powhatan               24.0
7) Courtland               23.857
8) Henrico                    21.857
9) Hanover                   21.429
10T) Monacan            20.571
          Atlee                     20.571
12) Patrick Henry      19.714
13) Caroline                 19.429
14) Spotsylvania        18.857
15) Chancellor            17.714
16) Mechanicsville    16.286
17) Richmond SFA     14.857

ANALYSIS: Buckle up. :)

The biggest game of the season in this region is this Friday when #1 King George goes to #3 Eastern View in a battle of unbeatens. The Cyclones were once the dominant northern force in this region until a stumble at the end of the last decade, concurrent with the Foxes' rise as a program. King George, arguably, could have won the Class 4 state title last year as they gave Dinwiddie their, by far, biggest challenge in the regional final. If you are Varina, you do not, in any way, shape or form, look past Atlee. The Raiders are one of likely six teams currently outside of the top eight whose chances for the playoffs are still alive. Hanover has the best chance to return to the top side of the ledger as they host Henrico in a #9 vs #8 seed contest Friday. Back inside the top eight, Huguenot goes to Class 6 Cosby Thursday, while Dinwiddie gets Class 5 Prince George that night. The third big battle in the region is Powhatan at Monacan. The Chiefs need it more, but they both need the win. Now if Patrick Henry finds a way to beat 7-0 Thomas Dale, they immediately enter the conversation in a much stronger way, while Caroline needs a win at Colonial Heights to keep pace.


REGION 4A: 1) Phoebus 29.429; 2) Warhill 28.857; 3) Churchland 25.714; 4) Hampton 22.25
REGION 4C: 1) Tuscarora 28.857; 2) John Champe 27.429; 3) Loudoun Valley 22.286; 4) Loudoun County 21.875
REGION 4D: 1) Jefferson Forest 28.857; 2) Salem 27.143; 3) Millbrook 25.143; 4) E.C. Glass 24.429


CLASS 3, REGION A:  (Z--ineligible for postseason play)

1) Hopewell                  23.857
2) Lafayette                  22.857
3) Z--I.C. Norcom        21.571
4) Tabb                           21.429
5) Lake Taylor              20.857
6) B.T. Washington     19.714
7T) Colonial Heights 19.429
        Grafton                    19.429
9T) Petersburg              19.286
        Heritage (NN)        19.286
11) York                           16.286
12) New Kent                14.286

ANALYSIS: Despite their loss to Matoaca, Hopewell lives another week at the top. They play a Meadowbrook team desperate for a win for their postseason hopes while Lafayette plays one-win Jamestown. I.C. Norcom is ineligible for the playoffs, while Grafton, tied for the last two playoff spots, has #4 Tabb. Lake Taylor, also at 3-4 (yes, 3-4) plays 5-2 Churchland. Petersburg could possibly improve their standing with a win at Colonial Heights next week, but they may need to also pull an upset against either Matoaca (this week) or Thomas Dale in the regular season finale.


1) Kettle Run                   29.143
2) Thomas Jefferson   29.0
3) Brentsville Dist.        26.429
4) Armstrong                  21.143
5) Meridian                      19.286
6) James Monroe          18.429
7) Skyline                         16.143
8) Culpeper Co.              15.625
9) William Monroe        15.571
10) Goochland               15.5
11) Warren Co.               15.429
12) Fauquier                    14.0

ANALYSIS: Remember, Thomas Jefferson will only play nine games due to the cancellation of their opening game at Huguenot. With the Falcons having a great season, that likely hurts the Vikings in the long run. Now, TJ, with J.R. Tucker, Armstrong and Colonial Heights left on the schedule, while Kettle Run plays two one-win teams and Brentsville District (6-1). Brentsville must win that one and get help to have a real shot at #1. Goochland is still alive, but only has two games left, both against teams with winning records (Fluvanna and Louisa).


REGION 3C: 1) Liberty Christian 28.333; 2) Turner Ashby 26.857; 3) Rustburg 25.0; 4) Spotswood 24.125
REGION 3D: 1) Magna Vista 26.0; 2) Christiansburg 24.5; 3) William Byrd 24.429; 4) Lord Botetourt 22.429



1T) Bruton (3)                         22.286
        Poquoson (2)                  22.286
3) Central-Lunenburg (1)  22.25
4) Amelia                                  19.0
5) King William                      17.0
6) Greensville                         16.667
7) Arcadia                                 16.125
8T) Southampton                 14.571
       John Marshall                 14.571 
10) Nandua                       13.857
11) Windsor                       12.875
12) Prince Edward          12.429
13) Nottoway                    12.25
14) Randolph-Henry      11.0

ANALYSIS: Amelia is looking good at 5-2, and they host #3 Central-Lunenburg next week. Winning out could get them higher. Poquoson's schedule is challenging with Bruton and Lafayette, plus one-win New Kent. Central only has Cumberland and Amelia remaining. Despite a tough regular season, King William, at 2-5, thanks to strength of schedule, can fend off challenges down the stretch with Mechanicsville (Class 4), West Point and the annual King & Queen Central showdown to come. John Marshall has 6-1 Brunswick (Class 1), Booker T. Washington (Class 3) and Riverheads (Class 2, also 6-1) left. One win, depending on how Southampton does, could be enough, two wins should be a clincher for the Justices.


REGION 2B: 1) Central-Woodstock 26.857; 2) Riverheads 25.0; 3) Buckingham 23.0; 4) Fort Defiance 21.375
REGION 2C: 1) Radford 25.75; 2) Gretna 21.143; 3) Glenvar 20.571; 4) Chatham 18.429
REGION 2D: 1) Union 24.875; 2) Graham 22.429; 3) Ridgeview 20.125; 4) Tazewell 19.857


CLASS 1, REGION A: (updated numbers in bold)

1) Essex                           22.571
2) Lancaster                  17.857
3) Northumberland   17.714
4) West Point                17.375
5) Rappahannock (6) 14.5
6) Westmoreland (5)  14.143
7) Northampton          13.429
8) Colonial Beach       12.167
9) King & Queen Central  10.286
10) Chincoteague                10.0
11) Middlesex                        9.428
12) Charles City                    8.571

ANALYSIS: Essex is rolling, and is likely the number one seed with one more win, with #8 Colonial Beach, #2 Lancaster and now #6 Westmoreland ahead of them. West Point has King William and Charles City left after a bye week this Friday. King & Queen Central's schedule remaining is weak (Charles City, Middlesex, but then King William). Can the Tigers sweep and get some help to get into the top eight?


REGION 1B: 1) Brunswick 21.0; 2) Sussex Central 20.429; 3) Altavista 18.571; 4) Franklin 16.286
REGION 1C: 1) Grayson Co. 23.429; 2) Bath Co. 19.714; 3) Narrows 19.286; 4) Galax 17.857
REGION 1D: 1) Honaker 23.714; 2) Rye Cove 19.286; 3) Twin Springs 18.143; 4) Patrick Henry-Glad Spring 17.571

Monday, October 16, 2023

THE 2023 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Updated 10/23/2023)....


Petersburg at Colonial Heights, 7pm
Clover Hill at Powhatan, 7pm
Nottoway at Prince Edward, 7pm


Hanover at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Mechanicsville at Atlee, 7pm
Mills Godwin at Deep Run, 7pm
Patrick Henry at Henrico, 7pm
Glen Allen at J.R. Tucker, 7pm
Midlothian at Huguenot, 7pm
Cosby at L.C. Bird, 7pm
Richmond School For The Arts at Manchester, 7pm
Monacan at James River, 7pm
Hopewell at Thomas Dale, NOW 6pm
Dinwiddie at Meadowbrook, 7pm
Matoaca at Prince George, 7pm
Armstrong vs. Thomas Jefferson, 7pm, Hovey Field, Virginia Union University
St. Michael the Archangel at Benedictine, 4pm
Collegiate at Norfolk Academy, 6:30pm
Goochland at Fluvanna, 7pm
King William at West Point, 7pm
Courtland at Caroline, 7pm
Albemarle at Louisa, 7:30pm
Smithfield at New Kent, 7pm
Central-Lunenburg at Amelia, 7pm
Buckingham at Cumberland, 7pm
Eastern View at Chancellor, 7pm
Spotsylvania at King George, 7pm
Northumberland at Colonial Beach, 7pm
Essex at Lancaster, 7pm
Rappahannock at Westmoreland, 7pm
Mathews at Charles City, 7pm
Middlesex at King & Queen Central, 7pm
Sussex Central at Brunswick, 7pm
Greensville at Franklin, 7pm
Blacksburg at PH-Roanoke, 7pm
Franklin County at William Fleming, 7pm
First Colonial at Landstown, 7pm
Grassfield at Western Branch, 7pm
Oscar Smith at Hickory, 7pm


Varina at Highland Springs, 1pm
Booker T. Washington at John Marshall, 1pm
Woodberry Forest at Trinity Episcopal, 2pm


Armstrong at Manassas Park, 6pm


Armstrong at Mechanicsville, 7pm
King William at King & Queen Central, 7pm
Green Run at Landstown, 7pm


Trinity Episcopal vs. Benedictine, 7pm, Huguenot High School
Glen Allen at Mills Godwin, 7pm
Hermitage at J.R. Tucker, 7pm
Highland Springs at Hanover, 7pm
Patrick Henry at Varina, 7pm
Atlee at Henrico, 7pm
L.C. Bird at Midlothian, 7pm
Manchester at Cosby, 7pm
Huguenot at Monacan, 7pm
James River at Clover Hill, 7pm
Richmond School For The Arts at Powhatan, 7pm
Prince George at Hopewell, 7pm
Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Heights, 7pm
Thomas Dale at Petersburg, 7pm
Dinwiddie at Matoaca, 7pm
John Marshall at Riverheads, 7pm
Caroline at James Monroe, 7pm, Maury Stadium, Fredericksburg
Louisa at Goochland, 7pm
New Kent at Bruton, 7pm
Amelia at Buckingham, 7pm
Prince Edward at Cumberland, 7pm
Randolph-Henry at Nottoway, 7pm
King George at Chancellor, 7pm
Eastern View at Courtland, 7pm
Culpeper County at Spotsylvania, 7pm
Colonial Beach at Lancaster, 7pm
Westmoreland at Essex, 7pm
Mathews at Middlesex, 7pm
Rappahannock at Northumberland, 7pm
West Point at Charles City, 7pm
Southampton at Franklin, 7pm
Sussex Central at Surry, 7pm
Brunswick at Greensville, 7pm
Western Albemarle at Albemarle, 7pm
PH-Roanoke at Hidden Valley, 7pm
Lord Botetourt at Franklin County, 7pm
William Fleming at Staunton River, 7pm
Green Run at Landstown, 7pm
Indian River at Grassfield, 7pm
Western Branch at Oscar Smith, 7pm


St. Christopher's at Collegiate, 1pm



Maggie Walker GS at Hermitage, 6pm
L.C. Bird at Monacan, 6pm
Matoaca 5, Hopewell 0
Mills Godwin 3, Glen Allen 2 (F/OT)
Douglas Freeman 6, J.R. Tucker 0
Deep Run 2, Prince George 0
Henrico at Patrick Henry, 7pm (Senior Night, 6:40pm)
Mechanicsville 7, Highland Springs 0
Powhatan 9, Clover Hill 0
Cosby 8, Manchester 0
Midlothian 4, James River 1
Lafayette 1, New Kent 0


L.C. Bird at Varina, 6pm
Mills Godwin 3, Hermitage 1
Cosby 3, Matoaca 0
Thomas Dale 3, Prince George 0


Colonial Heights 3, Maggie Walker 0
Meadowbrook 3, Highland Springs 2
Richmond School For The Arts at Huguenot, rescheduled to October 25
Carver College/Career Academy at West Point, 6pm
Varina at L.C. Bird, 7pm
Prince George 3, Thomas Dale 2
Covenant School 3, Steward 0
Amelia at Richmond Christian, 7pm
Nottoway at Buckingham, 7pm
Essex at Mathews, 7pm


Lancaster 14, Westmoreland 12
West Point at King & Queen Central, 7pm


Collegiate vs. North Cross (Roanoke), 5pm, Hampden-Sydney College, Farmville

Sunday, October 15, 2023


The homestretch of the regular season is here! Results in week eight have shaken up our latest Super 12 High School Football Poll as the games get bigger, and so do the playoff implications.

1) Highland Springs (6-1, was #1, at #10 Hermitage Friday)
2) Thomas Dale (7-0, was #2, at Patrick Henry Friday)
3) Manchester (6-1, was #3, at #12 L.C. Bird Friday)
4) Benedictine (7-0, was #7, vs. Mount Zion Friday)
5) Varina (5-1, was #5, vs. Atlee Friday)
6) Dinwiddie (4-3, was #6, at Prince George Thursday)
7) Thomas Jefferson (6-0, was #12, at J.R. Tucker Thursday)
8) Matoaca (6-1, returning, at Petersburg Friday)
9) Glen Allen (5-2, returning, vs. Deep Run Friday)
10) Hermitage (5-2, was #8, vs. #1 Highland Springs Friday)
11) Huguenot (5-1, NEW, at Cosby Thursday)
12) L.C. Bird (5-2, was #11, vs. #3 Manchester Friday)

Dropping Out:
Trinity Episcopal (3-3, was #4)
Hopewell (5-2, was #9)
Midlothian (5-2, was #10)

On The Cusp: Hopewell, Douglas Freeman, Midlothian, Trinity Episcopal, Mills Godwin, Powhatan



Armstrong 30, Atlee 26
Monacan 42, Richmond School For The Arts 0
Amelia 30, Cumberland 12


Douglas Freeman 56, J.R. Tucker 0
Glen Allen 17, Hermitage 16 
Thomas Jefferson 53, Deep Run 15 
Henrico 47, Mechanicsville 34 
Varina 38, Hanover 9
Highland Springs 48, Potomac (MD) 0
Matoaca 35, Hopewell 7
Manchester 48, Clover Hill 8 
Huguenot 12, L.C. Bird 9
Powhatan 33, Midlothian 25 (F/OT)
James River 33, Cosby 16
Colonial Heights 32, Prince George 13 
Dinwiddie 61, Petersburg 21
Thomas Dale 42, Meadowbrook 8
Benedictine 27, Collegiate 0
Woodberry Forest 27, St. Christopher's 20 (F/OT)
King George 59, Caroline 13 
Goochland 21, Western Albemarle 9

York 24, New Kent 17 
Louisa 62, Charlottesville 8
Central-Lunenburg 69, Nottoway 32
Prince Edward 24, Randolph-Henry 14
Monticello 37, Albemarle 36
Courtland 49, James Monroe 12 
Eastern View 49, Spotsylvania 7 
Culpeper County 37, Chancellor 19
Rappahannock 27, Colonial Beach 12 
Essex 54, Northumberland 35 
Lancaster at Westmoreland, POSTPONED to Monday, 6pm
Middlesex 27, Charles City 0 
Brunswick 33, Franklin 0
PH-Roanoke 35, Cave Spring 28
Franklin County 31, Staunton River 28
William Fleming 40, Northside 7 
Frank W. Cox 21, Landstown 18
Grassfield 21, Hickory 14 
Oscar Smith 35, Deep Creek 7 
Western Branch 28, Great Bridge 7


West Point at King & Queen Central, POSTPONED to Monday
St. Michael the Archangel 27, Trinity Episcopal 20

Tuesday, October 10, 2023



Colonial Heights at Hopewell, 4pm
Mechanicsville 8, Henrico 0
Highland Springs at Patrick Henry, POSTPONED 
Prince George 6, L.C. Bird 0
Matoaca 1, Thomas Dale 0
Glen Allen 2, Maggie Walker GS 1
Deep Run at J.R. Tucker, 7pm
Mills Godwin 3, Douglas Freeman 2 (F/OT)
Powhatan 6, Monacan 0
Poquoson 5, New Kent 1
Atlee at Monacan, POSTPONED to Tuesday 10/10


Varina at Douglas Freeman, 6pm
Colonial Heights at Hanover, 6pm
Manchester 3, Dinwiddie 0
Matoaca at Maggie L. Walker GS, 7:15pm
Clover Hill 3, Mills Godwin 0
Monacan at Thomas Dale, 7:15pm


Appomattox Regional GS 3, Charles City 0
Hermitage 3, John Marshall 0
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 3, Richmond Christian 2

Richmond School For The Arts at Thomas Jefferson, 6pm
Huguenot at Armstrong, 6pm
Midlothian 3, Deep Run 0
Prince George 3, Highland Springs 0
Thomas Dale at Monacan, 7pm
Louisa at James River, 7pm
Maggie Walker GS at Henrico, 7:15pm
Nottoway at King William, 7pm

Sunday, October 8, 2023


With the final four weeks of the regular season ahead of us, one new addition, but, notably, very few changes in the latest RVA Sports Network Super 12 High School Football Poll:


1) Highland Springs (5-1, was #1, vs. Potomac School (MD) Friday)
2) Thomas Dale (6-0, was #2, vs. Meadowbrook Friday)
3) Manchester (5-1, was #3, at Clover Hill Friday)
4) Trinity Episcopal (3-2, was #4, at St. Michael the Archangel Saturday)
5) Varina (4-1, was #5, vs. Hanover Friday)
6) Dinwiddie (3-3, was #6, vs. Petersburg Friday)
7) Benedictine (6-0, was #7, at Collegiate Friday)
8) Hermitage (5-1, was #8, at Glen Allen Friday)
9) Hopewell (5-1, was #9, vs. Matoaca Friday)
10) Midlothian (5-1, was #10, at Powhatan Friday)
11) L.C. Bird (5-1, was #12, at Huguenot Friday)
12) Thomas Jefferson (5-0, NEW, at Deep Run Friday)

Dropping Out: Glen Allen (4-2, was #11)

On The Cusp: Matoaca, Glen Allen, Douglas Freeman, Hanover, Mills Godwin)

(Varina defensive end Sherwood Washington tackles Glen Allen quarterback Nana Sekou Utsey during the Blue Devils' 21-13 win on Friday October 6th, 2023. Photo by Rachel Witham, RVA Sports Network)

Saturday, October 7, 2023

THE #TEAM136 REPORT: Week 5: #10 Randolph-Macon 59, Averett 7

(RVA Sports Network continues our season-long, exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets with a look at their Week 5 victory at home over Averett, with Rob Witham reporting.)


When the first play from scrimmage is an interception thrown directly at your defender, it could be a good sign that it's going to be a great day. 

For the second straight week, Randolph-Macon was the recipient of a gift turnover on the opponent's first play from scrimmage, turning the interception by Tony Skinner into a two-play, eight-yard drive capped by a touchdown by Nick Hale for a 7-0 lead that the Yellow Jackets would never relinquish, rolling to a 59-7 win on Family Weekend and Hall of Fame Weekend in Ashland.

Hale's tenth rushing score of the year was only the beginning. Randolph-Macon (2-0 ODAC, 5-0 overall) forced a punt, began the next drive at their 38, promptly driving 62 yards, as Kwesi Clarke took over in the running game, garnering an eight-yard scoring play for a 14-0 advantage.

One of the Yellow Jackets' few mistakes on the afternoon came on the next drive as Clarke fumbled at the Averett 15, recovered by the Cougars. But Averett (0-2 ODAC, 3-2 overall) continued to sputter on offense, giving the ball back to Randolph-Macon, who, on first down, went over the defense as Drew Campanale unleashed the bomb to David Wallis for a 57-yard touchdown strike for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Another Campanale touchdown pass, this time a short route to Zach Bowman, who benefited from two fantastic blocks to race down the near sideline for a 67-yard reception, put the Yellow Jackets up 28-0. After the Yellow Jacket defense had stopped Averett on fourth down at the Randolph-Macon 30, the two-play drive, which began with a three-yard Campanale himself, was the gut punch to the Cougars' hopes for an upset.

Not that it meant Averett faded away. That fourth down stop mentioned a moment ago was because starter Bryce Jackson overthrew a receiver open in the end zone. If that pass is on target, it's 21-7. Within seconds, truly a fourteen-point swing. The Cougars' offense finally got on track later in the second, but nowhere near what they needed being in a four-score hole.

For the third straight game, the opponent mustered a long touchdown drive during the second quarter, as Averett scored on a 13-play, 88-yard drive thanks to a Jackson eight-yard pass to Shawn Watlington with 1:34 left in the half.

Speaking of history repeating itself, Randolph-Macon's opening drive of the second half was textbook Yellow Jackets. Six plays took 3:20, with Clarke scoring on a short run to up the lead to 35-7. For the fifth straight game, head coach Pedro Arruza was able to take advantage of a big lead to bring in substitutions liberally, giving them lots of important reps that will reap benefits not only down the stretch, but looking ahead beyond 2023.

But we only look that far for a second, as there is so much left to do, to improve upon, and to accomplish, as the Yellow Jackets reach the halfway point of the regular season, with their toughest opponents still to come.

The Yellow Jackets' other second half scores came on a Cameron Chatmon one yard run which included a huge Chatmon run to get to the red zone, a Mitchell Johnson five yard score late in the third period, a 41 yard field goal by Kyle Ihle, and then, after Averett's fifth and final turnover, an interception by Trevon Faison who returned the ball to the seven yard line, the final tally was courtesy of Jaxon Jones running left side to the pylon on first and goal.

Randolph-Macon committed no penalties, a huge improvement over the six-penalty performance a week ago. The running attack took control in the second half, earning 155 of their 232 yards on the ground after intermission. The Cougars rushed for 79 yards, by far the best performance against the Yellow Jacket defense this season. 

This was the first game this season where the Yellow Jackets were forced to punt more than once, with Ty Bowman averaging 34.5 per punt on two attempts. Campanale finished 10-of-14 for 202 yards and the two second quarter passing scores. Chatmon rushed for 90 yards, Hale for 80, and Clarke for 46. 

Wallis caught three passes for 82 yards, while Bowman caught two for 81. Nine different Yellow Jackets had catches. Fifth year senior Drake Schaeffer had five tackles, as did Neftali Reyes, starting for the injured Daniel Eliasek and junior defensive end Wade Grubbs.

The frustration that tinged the post-game conversation with Arruza a week prior in North Carolina was nowhere to be found after this victory.

"I'm proud of the way we played," Arruza began. "A lot of guys made plays. I thought we played really physically, in the first half in particular. Coleton Payne had a great tackle, Matthew McNichol on the kickoff (tackle). I thought we started to play a little more tentatively near the end of the first half. But I thought we played well."

Five words really sum up the feelings of Arruza after watching his team's performance.

"We made progress today, okay?"

As the head coach has mentioned after each of the past two games, practices had been uneven the week prior. Practice improved in the lead-up to the Averett contest, and it showed on the field.

"We've still got to be better, but I thought it was a better week," Arruza said of this past week's preparation. "Today was a fun day."

Now the four teams most discussed as possible threats to the Yellow Jackets' bid for a fourteenth Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship appear in the second half of the regular season, beginning with a trip to Bridgewater next Saturday. Randolph-Macon defeated the Eagles 44-7 in Ashland last season, and won in 2021 on their last trip to Bridgewater, 31-13. 

After that, it's back to back weeks with threats coming to Day Field. Shenandoah comes in for Homecoming October 21st, then it's the annual showdown with Washington & Lee on October 28th.

"The details need to matter more," Arruza explained. "It's one of the best groups of kids I've ever had, maybe the best, a lot of really invested guys, guys that have a lot of character."

When asked about the details he referenced, Arruza dug down.

"Football is a game of nuances, it's not a complicated game," Arruza said. "Life is like that. It's not always black and white, and football is the same way. What I want is for guys to just get better. If the best players get better, and guys at the bottom of the roster continue to improve, that's what we want."

Continued improvement for Team 136 can, with excellent preparation and equaled execution, produce results never before seen in the storied history of Yellow Jacket football.


(Kwesi Clarke scores on a first quarter touchdown run to give Randolph-Macon an early 14-0 lead Saturday. Photo by Rachel Witham)



Highland Springs 42, Henrico 6
J.R. Tucker 23, Deep Run 7
New Kent 21, Jamestown 13
West Point 43, Middlesex 15


Hermitage 27, Douglas Freeman 13
Thomas Jefferson 24, Mills Godwin 14
Varina 21, Glen Allen 13
Atlee 48, Patrick Henry 27
Hanover 49, Mechanicsville 7
Powhatan 33, Cosby 32
Manchester 42, Huguenot 20
Monacan 32, Clover Hill 18
Midlothian 38, Richmond School For The Arts 12
Prince George 36, Meadowbrook 28
Friendship Collegiate 33, Armstrong 16
John Marshall 29, Charles City 0
King William 14, Colonial Heights 6
Albemarle 34, Goochland 0
Louisa 35, Orange 22
Amelia 63, Prince Edward 30
Buckingham 57, Nottoway 0
Central-Lunenburg 42, Randolph-Henry 7
Chancellor 22, Caroline 21
Eastern View 58, James Monroe 7
Courtland 35, Spotsylvania 0
King George 54, Culpeper County 0
Colonial Beach 40, Westmoreland 36
Essex 52, Rappahannock 7
Northampton 21, King & Queen Central 7
Northumberland 25, Lancaster 22
Sussex Central 56, Windsor 6
Brunswick 34, Southampton 14

Franklin 46, Surry 26
Brunswick Academy 62, Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 0
Kempsville 48, Landstown 7
King's Fork 68, Grassfield 21
Oscar Smith 27, Indian River 21
Deep Creek 28, Western Branch 7
Franklin County 42, Northside 28
William Byrd 27, William Fleming 21 (F/OT)


Thomas Dale 24, Matoaca 21
Hopewell 54, Petersburg 26
Rock Creek Christian 42, Trinity Episcopal 7

Benedictine 21, Georgetown Prep 19
Woodberry Forest 38, Collegiate 7
St. Christopher's 62, Fork Union 6

Friday, October 6, 2023

WATCH LIVE!: Averett at #10 Randolph-Macon

CLICK HERE to watch all the action of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as #10 Randolph-Macon (1-0, 4-0) battles the Cougars of Averett University (0-1, 3-1), LIVE from Day Field in Ashland!

Pregame begins at 12:30pm, including The Final Word before kickoff with head coach Pedro Arruza, followed by kickoff at 1pm with Marty Wilson and Rob Witham on the call!

Tuesday, October 3, 2023




Atlee 7, Highland Springs 0
Mills Godwin 4, Deep Run 1
Glen Allen 6, Hermitage 0
Thomas Dale 4, Colonial Heights 1
Douglas Freeman 2, Maggie Walker GS 1
Hanover 6, Henrico 0
Mechanicsville 7, L.C. Bird 1
Powhatan 7, Manchester 0
James River 4, Monacan 0
Midlothian 7, Clover Hill 1
Prince George 7, Hopewell 1
Courtland 7, Louisa 0


Thomas Dale 3, James River 1
Prince George 3, Hermitage 1
L.C. Bird 3, Petersburg 0


Midlothian 3, Hanover 0
L.C. Bird 3, Petersburg 0
J.R. Tucker 3, Manchester 0
James River 3, Thomas Dale 0
Colonial Heights 3, Southampton 1
Prince George 3, Hermitage 0
John Marshall 3, Charles City 1
Goochland 3, Orange 0
Carmel School 3, St. Margaret's 0
Appomattox Regional GS 3, Greensville 0
Mecklenburg 3, Amelia 1
Middlesex 3, Essex 0
Brunswick 3, Surry 0
Buckingham 3, Randolph-Henry 0


Steward 9, Christchurch 0



Collegiate 4, Trinity Episcopal 2
St. Catherine's 2, Gloucester 0
Patrick Henry 6, J.R. Tucker 0
Matoaca 5, Colonial Heights 0
Hampton Roads Academy 6, Steward 0


Glen Allen 3, Mills Godwin 0
Thomas Dale 3, Manchester 1
Midlothian 3, Clover Hill 0
Hanover 3, Mechanicsville 0
Henrico 3, Varina 1
James River 3, Monacan 0
Prince George 3, Dinwiddie 1
Petersburg 3, Meadowbrook 0


Glen Allen 3, Mills Godwin 1
Atlee 3, Patrick Henry 0
Hanover 3, Mechanicsville 0
Highland Springs 3, Armstrong 0
Varina 3, Henrico 0
Midlothian 3, Clover Hill 0
Prince George 3, Dinwiddie 2
J.R. Tucker 3, John Marshall 0
Manchester 3, Powhatan 2
Meadowbrook 3, Petersburg 0
Colonial Heights 3, Matoaca 0
Grafton 3, New Kent 0
Goochland 3, Louisa 1
King William 3, Mathews 0
Windsor 3, Appomattox Regional GS 1
Amelia 3, Nottoway 0
St. Catherine's 3, Trinity Episcopal 0
Hampton Roads Academy 3, Steward 0
Albemarle 3, Western Albemarle 0
King George 3, Eastern View 0
James Monroe 3, Chancellor 2
Courtland 3, Culpeper County 1
Buckingham 3, Central-Lunenburg 1


St. Catherine's 6, St. Stephen's-St. Agnes 1
Steward 8, Hampton Roads Academy 1


Hampton Roads Academy 4, Steward 2


It's a five-week sprint to the finish! The race for Playoff Projection Friday on November 3rd is underway with the release of the first set of regional standings in football from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) on Tuesday. Here's everything you need to know!



--Top eight (8) teams in each region make the postseason. Points are accrued with both wins and losses, with additional points earned when a team that you have defeated wins a game (2) or when a team you lose to wins (1). You don't earn any points when a team you defeat loses or a team you lose to loses.

--Standings are scheduled to be released each Monday, unless there are Monday make-up games which may push the release date to Tuesday. The final, official region standings, and thus, the playoff pairings, will be released on Sunday November 5th.

--On State Semifinal Saturday on December 2nd, in all classes, the pairings are Region A vs. Region B and Region C vs. Region D. Hosting is determined by region champion with the highest rating between the two (A vs. B and C. vs. D).



1) Thomas Dale (5-0)            32.0
2) Highland Springs (4-1)    29.0
3) Glen Allen (4-1)                  28.6
4) Manchester (4-1)               27.6
5) Oscar Smith (3-2)              25.6
6) Landstown (3-2)                24.4
7) Meadowbrook (3-3)         22.833
8) Western Branch (2-3)       22.4
9) Grassfield (2-3)                   21.8
10) Cosby (2-3)                        20.8
11) Deep Run (1-5)                 19.167


REGION 6B: 1) Freedom, 31.0; 2) Mountain View, 30.0; 3) Colonial Forge, 29.667; 4) Battlefield, 29.333
REGION 6C: 1) Lake Braddock, 29.333; 2) West Springfield, 28.0; 3) South County, 27.833; 4) Fairfax, 25.167
REGION 6D: 1) James Madison, 31.667; 2) McLean, 30.8; 3) South Lakes, 29.333; 4) Yorktown, 27.333



1T) Hermitage (4-1)                            27.0
1T) Matoaca (4-1)                                27.0
3) Patrick Henry-Roanoke (5-1)     26.833
4T) Mills Godwin (5-1)                        25.667
4T) Douglas Freeman (5-1)              25.667
6) Louisa (4-1)                                       25.2
7) Midlothian (4-1)                              24.8
8) L.C. Bird (5-1)                                   24.5
9) William Fleming (3-2)                   22.4
10) Albemarle (2-3)                             21.8
11) Franklin County (2-3)                 21.6
12) Prince George (1-4)                     19.2
13) J.R. Tucker (1-4)                           17.8
14) James River (1-5)                         17.667
15) Clover Hill (0-5)                             16.4


REGION 5D: 1) Briar Woods, 26.6; 2) Lightridge, 25.4; 3) Riverside, 24.2; 4) Riverbend, 22.4
REGION 5A: 1) Green Run, 28.4; 2) Tallwood, 24.6; 3) Frank Cox, 24.0; 4) Bayside, 22.333
REGION 5B: 1) Maury, 30.8; 2) King's Fork, 29.6; 3) Warwick, 28.0; 4) Nansemond River, 27.4



1) King George (5-0)              29.2
2) Eastern View (5-0)            27.2
3T) Varina (3-1)                       24.5
3T) Huguenot (4-0)               24.5
5) Dinwiddie (3-3)                  21.833
6) Courtland (3-2)                  21.8
7) Hanover (3-2)                     20.6
8T) Atlee (2-3)                          20.2
8T) Henrico (2-3)                    20.2
10) Patrick Henry (2-4)        19.833
11T) Powhatan (2-3)             19.8
11T) Caroline (3-2)                 19.8
13) Spotsylvania (2-3)           19.2
14) Monacan (1-4)                   18.8
15) Mechanicsville (1-4)       16.4
16) Chancellor (1-4)               16.2
17) Richmond SFA (0-5)        14.2


REGION 4A: 1) Phoebus, 28.0; 2) Warhill, 26.4; 3) Churchland, 22.2; 4) Hampton, 21.5
REGION 4C: 1) Tuscarora, 27.6: 2) John Champe, 25.6; 3) Loudoun Valley, 22.0; 4) Rock Ridge, 21.6
REGION 4D: 1) Jefferson Forest, 27.6; 2) Salem, 25.667; 3) Millbrook, 24.6; 4) E.C. Glass, 23.8



1) Hopewell (4-1)               22.6
2) I.C. Norcom (3-3)           21.833
3) Lafayette (4-1)                21.8
4) Petersburg (3-2)             20.2
5) Tabb (4-1)                         19.8
6) Grafton (3-2)                    19.4
7) Colonial Heights (3-2) 18.4
8) B.T. Washington (2-3)   17.0
9) Lake Taylor (1-3)            16.0
10) Heritage (1-4)                15.0
11) York (1-4)                        14.0
12) Lakeland (0-5)              12.4
13) New Kent (0-5)             12.2


1) Kettle Run (5-0)                   26.8
2) Thomas Jefferson (4-0)   26.5
3) Brentsville District (5-1)   25.0
4) Armstrong (4-1)                   20.4
5) Meridian (2-3)                       19.0
6) James Monroe (2-3)          18.2
7) Warren Co (1-4)                   15.2
8) Wm Monroe (2-4)                15.0
9) Skyline (1-4)                          14.6
10) Goochland (1-5)                14.333
11) Fauquier (1-4)                    13.0
12) Culpeper Co (0-6)             12.833
13) Manassas Park (0-4)        11.5


REGION 3C: 1) Liberty Christian, 28.0; 2) Turner Ashby, 24.4; 3) Rustburg, 23.8; 4) Spotswood, 21.667
REGION 3D: 1) Magna Vista, 24.4; 2) Christiansburg, 22.667; 3) Lord Botetourt, 22.4; 4) Wm Byrd, 20.6



1) Central-Lunenburg (5-1)         21.5
2) Bruton (4-1)                                  21.0
3) Poquoson (3-2)                           19.6
4) Amelia (3-2)                                  17.4
5) Greensville (3-2)                         17.0
6) Arcadia (4-2)                                 16.167
7) King William (1-5)                      13.833
8) John Marshall (1-5)                   13.0
9) Windsor (2-4)                               12.5
10) Southampton (1-4)                 12.4
11) Nandua (1-4)                             11.6
12) Nottoway (1-5)                          11.333
13) Randolph-Henry (1-5)           11.0
14) Prince Edward (0-5)                10.2


REGION 2B: 1) Central-Woodstock, 24.4; 2) Riverheads, 23.0; 3) Clarke Co., 22.8; 4) Buckingham Co., 21.5
REGION 2C: 1) Radford, 23.667; 2) Glenvar, 19.6; 3) Gretna, 19.4; 4) Chatham, 18.8
REGION 2D: 1) Union, 22.667; 2) Graham, 20.167; 3) Ridgeview, 19.667; 4) Tazewell, 17.2



1) Essex (5-0)                                 21.2
2) Lancaster (4-1)                        17.8
3) Northumberland (4-1)         16.0
4) West Point (4-2)                      15.667
5) Westmoreland (2-3)              14.8
6) Rappahannock (2-2)             12.75
7) Northampton (2-3)                12.4
8) Colonial Beach (1-3)              10.5
9) King & Queen Central (1-4) 10.2
10) Chincoteague (1-3)              10.0
11) Charles City (0-5)                    8.2
12) Middlesex (0-5)                        7.2


REGION 1B: 1) Brunswick, 19.4; 2) Sussex Central, 18.833; 3) Altavista, 17.4; 4) Wm Campbell, 15.333
REGION 1C: 1) Grayson Co, 21.2; 2) Narrows, 19.0; 3) Bath Co, 18.8; 4) Parry McCluer, 17.8
REGION 1D: 1) Honaker, 22.0; 2) Rye Cove, 18.0; 3) Twin Springs, 17.0; 4) Chilhowie, 16.0

THE #TEAM136 REPORT: Week 4: #11 Randolph-Macon 70, Guilford 14

If you were wondering why our weekly look inside Randolph-Macon College Football is a few days removed from Saturday's game in being posted, there's a good reason.

There needed to be time to fully consume everything which took place at Herb Appenzeller Field on the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

#11 Randolph-Macon never punted, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions of the first half, and the first three possessions of the second half, breaking the 70-point barrier for only the fifth time in the program's 136-season history, and for the first time since 1985.

However, the Yellow Jackets threw two interceptions, both of which resulted in touchdowns for Guilford, including a second half pick-six.

The backup offensive lineman put on a show in the second half, when Randolph-Macon churned out 203 of their 269 rushing yards in the contest. The team had ten different ball carriers, led by Cameron Chatmon's 61 yard, two touchdown afternoon. Nick Hale scored his eighth and ninth touchdowns rushing this seasons thanks to two short drives that began due to Quaker turnovers, while Mitchell Johnson added two and Kwesi Clarke had one.

After starting 6-of-6, quarterback Drew Campanale went 5-of-9 down the stretch in the first half, throwing three touchdown passes, and one pick. He also committed two illegal forward pass penalties and was the signal caller for two delay of game infractions. The team had an uncharacteristic six flags thrown against them.

Yellow Jacket fans certainly had plenty to cheer about, but it can also be said that head coach Pedro Arruza and his staff have had plenty to discuss with their team during practice heading into this Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) home opener against Averett, who fell just short at home Saturday against Washington and Lee 25-20.

"I thought we were a little unfocused, especially offensively," Arruza noted after the game, pointing back to another week of uneven practice performance. "I thought (Guilford) did some things that did present some challenges. We knew they were going to blitz and move their guys around up front quite a bit, but, yeah, it wasn't a very clean first half."

Ahead 42-7 entering the third, Arruza opted to send Campanale out for one more drive, which was classic Randolph-Macon football, a nine-play, 95-yard journey that saw Campanale go 2-of-3, including a 41-yard strike to David Wallis, who scored on a 52-yard pass in the first half. Clarke ran the final three plays of the drive, scoring from eight yards out to increase the lead to 49-7.

Guilford lost starting quarterback Bailey Baker late in the first half to what appeared to be a shoulder or arm injury and did not win, greatly limiting the playbook for the Quaker offense under backup Nathan Poindexter. Guilford only threw two passes in the second half.

Linebacker Daniel Eliasek was hurt during the first half of the game and did not return. There is no word on his status. The defense took advantage of five Quaker turnovers, including four fumbles recovered by the Yellow Jackets. By holding Guilford to minus two yards rushing for the game, Randolph-Macon bettered its Division III leading rushing defense to an average of just 10.5 yards per game.

"We did a lot of really good things, we won a game, but like I told the players at halftime and again after the game, there's your capability, and you know, your performance and what you're willing to give," Arruza explained. "And, right now, we're just inconsistent. We have days where we have great practices and we have days where we're not practicing at the level we should be."

As the calendar turns to October, a veteran squad that tasted NCAA triumph just eleven months ago should be able to drill down on what is causing the inconsistency Arruza rightfully pointed out. Mental mistakes that draw penalties, average blocking technique, blown defensive assignments, even extra point snaps to the holder, any and all of these elements, when not executed correctly, could come back to haunt a team that certainly has the talent to go with the aforementioned experience that could take Team 136 to places never visited before by the Yellow Jacket program.

The nation is noticing. Randolph-Macon cracked the Top 10 at #10 for the first time ever in the Top 25, as well as the American Football Coaches Association poll this week. The last time the Yellow Jackets made the top ten was in 1984, finishing #5 overall.

The offense has scored 231 points in four games. That's an average of 57.75 points per contest. The Yellow Jackets converted on 12 of 14 third down tries Saturday. Nine red zone trips equaled nine touchdowns. No settling for three.

The next opponent, Averett, led for much of the second half at home Saturday evening against Washington and Lee. At 14-8, Averett drove down the field, but missed a 44-yard field goal attempt. Five minutes later, the Generals connected from 47 yards to cut the margin to three at 14-11.

The Cougars (0-1 ODAC, 3-1) couldn't stop the Generals in the fourth as they scored a touchdown with 7:04 left to take the lead, added another nearly five minutes later, then survived a frantic Averett comeback attempt, scoring on a 70-yard drive that took just 30 seconds. 

After Saturday, the other 1-0 conference teams are waiting, with a trip to Bridgewater October 14th, followed by home dates with Shenandoah October 21st and Washington & Lee on October 28th. As is always the case, a four-way tie after a week of conference play.

"We've been inconsistent, and that's on the leadership," Arruza noted. "We'll figure it out. We had some of the same issues at the beginning of last year and I think we might even be a little bit further along that we were last year at this time."

A super sign of hope along a journey where, sometimes, you need to just take a step back, take a few moments, and soak it all in. 


(File Photo: Kwesi Clarke scores during Randolph-Macon's win over Southern Virginia in September, 2022. Photo by Rachel Witham)

Sunday, October 1, 2023


Major changes as we head into the final five weeks of the 2023 regular season for high school football due to, perhaps, the most consequential set of results yet this season.

1) Highland Springs (4-1, was #1, vs. Henrico Thursday)
2) Thomas Dale (5-0, was #3, at Matoaca Saturday)
3) Manchester (4-1, was #2, vs. Huguenot Friday)
4) Trinity Episcopal (3-1, was #5, vs. Rock Creek Christian Saturday)
5) Varina (3-1, was #6, at #11 Glen Allen Friday)
6) Dinwiddie (3-3, was #4, idle this week)
7) Benedictine (5-0, was #7, vs. Georgetown Prep Saturday)
8) Hermitage (4-1, was #9, at Douglas Freeman Friday)
9) Hopewell (4-1, was #10, at Petersburg Friday)
10) Midlothian (4-1, was #11, vs. Richmond School For The Arts Friday)
11) Glen Allen (4-1, NEW, vs. #5 Varina Friday)
12) L.C. Bird (4-1, was #12, idle this week)

Dropping Out: Douglas Freeman (was #8)

On The Cusp: Douglas Freeman, Huguenot, Thomas Jefferson, Matoaca, Mills Godwin