Another rough night for Hanover County. Even the one victor left with lumps and questions as we reach the halfway point of the season.
After leading 13-7 at intermission, Atlee vaulted into the lead with an opening kickoff return for a touchdown by J.J. Givens, followed by a touchdown pass to a wide open Brandon Crosby on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend the Raider lead to 27-7.
But four minutes later, thanks to several 15-yard Raider penalities, mostly of the personal foul nature, and a lucky bounce on an onside kick, Hanover was able to drive down the field and score on two Marcus Bazala touchdown runs, the latter from 27 yards. Bazala played quarterback for the injured Clayton Cheatham.
The Hawks got a last opportunity to tie or take the lead, advanced to the Atlee 39, but on fourth and nine, they only could gain five yards. Atlee brought in Malik White at quarterback to help run, literally, out the clock.
The Raiders, led by Rashard Harris (23-of-32, 200 yards, 2 TD), advance to 4-1, while Hanover falls to 3-2 and must go to unbeaten Henrico next Friday.
The Warriors were finally scored upon as Lee-Davis got a touchdown from Nathan Evans, but Henrico responded with 21 unanswered points for a 28-7 win in Mechanicsville. The Confederates fall to 1-4 and go to Glen Allen next Friday.
Also down to 1-4 are the Patrick Henry Patriots, falling hard, as expected, at Hermitage 38-0. The Panthers, now 5-0, the #2 ranked team in the NBC12/WHAN Radio Top 10 Poll, were again led by their backup quarterback Eli Odom, playing for the injured Rashad Robinson
Patrick Henry hosts J.R. Tucker for Homecoming next Friday.
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