It was a memorable night for high school football in Hanover County, especially if you were starting at tailback.
Atlee traveled to Ashland to face Patrick Henry in the Patriots' home opener. The Patriots struck first early on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Chesdin Harrington to Travis Phillips. The Raiders responded, and the teams went back and forth, going to the half in a 21-21 tie.
The third quarter belonged to Atlee, as Morris Jackson took over the game, winning the time of possession and driving down the field for score after score. The Raiders scored 22 unanswered in the 3rd for a 43-21 lead, and extended it to 50-21 early in the 4th.
The Patriots did not quit, with Bryson Wong scoring his second rushing touchdown to finish the scoring, producing the 56-35 final. Atlee moves to 2-0, while Patrick Henry fell to 0-2. Atlee simply wore out the Patrick Henry defense in the third quarter, enabling the Raiders to finally break away in a game that ended up much closer than many expected.
PH quarterback Chesdin Harrington markedly improved from his week one performance at Hanover, throwing for 177 yards and three touchdowns, two to Travis Phillips and one to Jim Huber. Otis Harris ran for 87 yards.
THE star of the night, by far, was Atlee tailback Morris Jackson, who rushed 34 times for 284 yards and an amazing SEVEN rushing touchdowns. Kenner Berry passed for 241 yards and one touchdown, plus he completed two two-point conversion pass attempts in the second half.
Atlee has their home opener next Friday against Douglas Freeman while Patrick Henry now travels to Mechanicsville for the 53rd Tomato Bowl against Lee-Davis.
LEE-DAVIS COMEBACK: Chris Simpson continued his stellar rushing, with 125 yards tonight and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 1:18 left in the game as Lee-Davis came from behind to defeat Hopewell 21-20. This game could have huge Division 5 playoff implications later in the season, as both teams have hopes of the playoffs. Both teams are now 1-1. It cannot be understated how important this win was for the Confederates...
HANOVER ROLLS: As expected, Hanover had an easy road win tonight, 42-8 over J.R. Tucker. L.J. Jones rushed for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns for the 2-0 Hawks, who return home next Friday for their final non-district matchup when they welcome 1-1 Deep Run to Chamberlayne Road. The Wildcats defeated Henrico tonight.
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