In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Friday, October 25, 2013

WEEK 8: FOOTBALL FRIDAY!

The homestretch is already here!  All four county teams still have playoff aspirations, some much greater than others...

GAME OF THE WEEK: LEE-DAVIS (3-4, #9 in Class 5A South Region Central Zone) at HANOVER (4-3, #10 in Class 4A South Region) (airtime 6:30pm on 102.9 FM WHAN Radio and online at HanoverCountySports.net).

The Confederates' collective back is truly against the wall, needing to win out, and get help elsewhere, if they wish to make the playoffs for the third straight season. Coming off a 41-14 loss at home to Highland Springs, they now have to travel to Hanover, a place they haven't since November 5th, 2005, a 14-13 victory.  Lee-Davis needs to find a consistent winning rhythm on offense. Hanover knows they've struggled in the passing game and will likely put 8, even 9 in the box to stop Austin Rice and Blake Stattelman.

Hanover gave Jalen Elliott a try in the backfield at Armstrong last week and he responded with four rushing touchdowns, three in the second quarter of a 47-30 win. Look for Elliott, freshman Clayton Cheatham and Brooks Coombs to share the rock and for QB Korbin Bordonie to manage the game for head coach Derek Stoudt. The Lee-Davis front four is very good, and must be at their best tonight with the postseason literally on the line.

Lee-Davis will NOT be eliminated if they lose tonight, but their chances will diminish significantly. They are over a point behind #8 Mills Godwin for the final playoff berth in Class 5A South Region Central Zone, with Matoaca and Prince George nipping at their heels. Those two teams play each other tonight in what could turn out to be an elimination game. Henrico is currently ahead of both the Warriors (Matoaca) and Royals, but are free-falling, starting at 3-0, but now 3-4 and at Highland Springs tonight.

Hanover wants to win out to earn a home game in the first round of the Class 4A South Playoffs, where the Top 16 teams advance regardless of geography.  They're currently #10. They'll likely have to win out to make the Top 8 and should not look past tonight at their date with Varina next Friday, otherwise LD could catch them off-guard.

Join us LIVE for the game on 102.9 FM, 1430 AM, or here at the link above to listen from anywhere!

ATLEE (6-1, #3 in Class 5A South Region Central Zone) at ARMSTRONG (2-5, 18th in Class 3A East Region): The Raiders have a trap game tonight. Coming off a 70-0 thrashing of Glen Allen, the Raiders cannot look ahead to next week's home showdown with Highland Springs, as the Wildcats can put up points and hang with good teams, giving Varina fits earlier this season, and scoring 30 on Hanover last Friday.

The Raiders hope a win tonight, coupled with a win over Highland Springs next week, could help them clinch the #2 seed in Class 5A South Central Zone, but first things first, they need to take care of Armstrong.

Patrick Henry is off tonight, but plays an enormous game Saturday, 1pm at John Marshall.  IF Patrick Henry wins out, they could sneak into the Class 5A North playoffs, an amazing thought after their 0-6 start. But they go to play a Justices team celebrating homecoming, at 0-7 looking for their first win, and a program that holds a five-game winning streak on the Patriots...

You can hear the Patrick Henry/John Marshall game Saturday at 12:45pm exclusively online HERE at HanoverCountySports.net!!

No comments: