A frantic final 2:41 saw Atlee and Mountain View trade touchdown for touchdown, and, when the dust finally settled, it was Cole Blackman reaching high for a pass in the back right corner of the end zone, holding on, and getting a foot inbounds with 6.6 seconds to go give Atlee the 38-35 win in Stafford as the tenth-seeded Raiders eliminated the stunned seventh-seeded Wildcats in 5A North Region first round action Friday.
Rasharrd Harris threw for 295 of his 418 yards in the second half, as Blackman had 177 receiving yards and three touchdowns (and a fourth called back due to a penalty), while JJ Givens had 211 receiving yards and two scores
The Raiders, now 7-4, move on to face #2 Tuscarora (11-0), last year's 5A North Region Champion, next Friday night.
Meanwhile, Nathan Evans led an early Lee-Davis assault, as the Confederates built a 28-7 halftime lead en route to defeating Douglas Freeman 41-14 in 5A South Central first round play. With the win, Lee-Davis, now 9-2, gets a rematch with Highland Springs in second round action next Friday on the road. The Springers handed the Confederates their first loss of the year October 16th by a score of 42-0 in Mechanicsville.
At Hanover, Clayton Cheatham accounted for six touchdowns as Hanover pulled away from Louisa for a 47-28 victory to set up a rematch with rival Dinwiddie in 4A East Region second round play next Friday. Hanover defeated Dinwiddie back on September 4th, and this will be the fifth time since 2008 the Generals and Hawks have met in postseason play.
Cheatham was ejected from the game in the second half, and his status for next week's game is in doubt. We will update you on this stiuation as we get new information.
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