In The Red Zone: Michael Rohr, New High School Football Home

Saturday, October 24, 2015

FOOTBALL FINALS:

#10 Lee-Davis 20, #9 Hanover 12: The Confederates' defense bends, but never breaks, holding the Hawks to four field goals as Nathan Evans scores with 54 seconds left to turn a one-point lead into an eight-point win. Lee-Davis is 7-1, Hanover falls to 5-3.

Atlee 34, Patrick Henry 20: AJ Zollar has two touchdown runs, including a 79-yarder, while Rasharrd Harris threw two touchdown passes as the Raiders pulled away from the Patriots in the second half. Both teams are now 4-4.

PLAYOFF OUTLOOK:

Lee-Davis: Now 7-1, could move ahead of their next opponent, Henrico, in the 5A South Central subregion standings when released Monday. Have outside chance at the #4 seed, which would mean a home game in round one. Plenty to play for.

Hanover: Now 5-3, lost a golden opportunity to become #1 seed in their eight-team subregion (Conferences 19/20) when King George upset top-seeded Courtland. Hawks must again regroup, head to Armstrong, then finish at home with Henrico. Hanover is 1-3, though, in front of the home crowd, 4-0 on the road. Still in good shape for postseason.

Atlee: Now 4-4, much-needed win, trying to move higher than 13th in 5A North. Could be 12th when new standings release. Host Varina, then at Armstrong, the easier part of Capital District schedule, but both teams will be desperate for a win for their own playoff hopes. That's dangerous.

Patrick Henry: Now 4-4, started tonight 17th, 1/10th of a point out of the playoffs. #16 Briar Woods won, as did #18 Halifax. The Patriots may drop to 18th. They must win one of last two to be in the playoff conversation, really need both to solidly earn a postseason bid in 5A North. As we feared in August, the 2015 Patriots could be better than the 2014 Patriots, but the new Capital District, rather than Colonial District schedule, could end up producing a worse record (Patriots went 6-4 in regular season a year ago).

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