In The Red Zone: Will We Play In December?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

THE WRAP: PH wins first, Atlee rolls; Lee-Davis halted; Hanover to 4-3.....

The futility is over in Ashland!  Western Hanover County celebrates Patrick Henry's first win of 2013, a 23-19 nailbiter over much-improved Thomas Jefferson on Homecoming Night. Bender Vaught rushed for 222 yards, but it took a self-destruction by the Vikings (3-4) to secure the Patriot win.

With 1:23 left, TJ had the ball at the Patrick Henry 6 yard line with a 4th and goal. The Vikings fumbled the snap, recovering at the 13, but by then the Patriots pounced, and the Vikings' last chance was over.

Patrick Henry, now 1-6, will go to John Marshall for Saturday game next weekend, game time at 1pm.

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Atlee does it again! The Raiders hung 70 on the scoreboard for the second time this year, with a 70-0 win at Glen Allen. Trammel Carey had not one, but TWO interception returns for touchdowns and Tye Burriss returned a punt 60 yards for a score, the fourth week in a row Burriss has had a critical punt return for the Raiders (6-1). Three of them went for touchdowns, while last week's return and penalty against Varina set Atlee up at the Varina 5 when they scored to retake the lead.

The Raiders go to Armstrong next Friday night; the Wildcats generated offense tonight against Hanover, but not enough as the Hawks had their biggest output of the year in a 47-30 win to move to 4-3. Jalen Elliott, from the backfield, scored four rushing touchdowns, three of them in a 26-point outburst in the second quarter that put Hanover ahead 33-12 at halftime. Brooks Coombs and Clayton Cheatham also had rushing TDs.

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The Hawks return home next Friday to host the Lee-Davis Confederates, whose playoff backs are firmly against the wall after a disappointing 41-14 loss at home to Highland Springs. It was Springers QB DJ Johnson who stole the show on our WHAN Radio Game of the Week, passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns, three of them 57 yards or more.

Lee-Davis scored on their first possession to answer Highland Springs, who scored on a one play drive to start the game, but didn't return to the end zone until the fourth quarter, getting only as close as 28-14. Austin Rice scored both TDs on the ground, from 15 yards and 1 yard out respectively.

With Mills Godwin winning tonight to go to 5-2, expect the gap in VHSL rider points between the Eagles, ranked 8th in the Class 5A South "Central Zone", and 9th place Lee-Davis to grow.  The top 8 teams make the postseason beginning November 15th.


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