Some more clarity for the four county schools with just two games left in the regular season as the new VHSL Football standings were released Monday morning. Here's the analysis:
A) Lee-Davis takes fourth in 5A South Central, but only by a quarter point over 8-0 Douglas Freeman. The Confederates are being rewarded for playing a tougher schedule (Capital District) versus the Rebels (Colonial District). Lurking two points below Lee-Davis in sixth is their opponent Friday when they travel to #6 Henrico (in a game you'll hear live on our "Game of The Week"). If Lee-Davis wins out, they could, repeat, could, host a first-round playoff game. But if they win out and Douglas Freeman upsets Hermitage on November 6th, Lee-Davis could find themselves the fifth seed, and on the road in round one on November 13th.
B) Atlee solidifies position in 5A North, while Patrick Henry falls further behind. The Raiders now hold 13th place alone after being tied for it a week ago before their home win over the Patriots, who drop from 17th to 18th place in a region where the top sixteen teams make the postseason. Atlee is over two and a half points ahead of the 17th seed, Potomac, but a loss to Varina Friday, coupled with a Potomac upset of #3 seed Brooke Point could all but erase their 21-point lead, and bring Atlee back towards the cut line. Wins over Varina and Armstrong all but assures Atlee a postseason berth.
The Patriots can easily vault into the top sixteen if they win their final two games, but that's a huge "if". They must try to stop the Highland Springs express Friday at home on Senior Night, then they must travel to Lee-Davis for the 57th Tomato Bowl November 6th (to be heard live on our "Game of The Week"). Two wins, and Patrick Henry is in. One win, and it depends on the fate of other teams like Halifax, Potomac, George Marshall and Patrick Henry-Roanoke. The Patriots likely must win once if they want to play on November 13th.
C) Hanover stays right where they were in 4A West in the Conference 19/20 subregion, despite their loss to Lee-Davis Friday. The Hawks are second, three-quarters of a point behind top-seeded Courtland, who were upset by #8 seed King George. Monacan is just behind the Hawks in 3rd, but just have one game left, this Friday hosting Manchester. One point behind Hanover in a tie for fifth are Chancellor and Eastern View. The Hawks go to Armstrong Friday, then host Henrico to finish the regular season. Two wins should give Hanover that second seed they now own, unless Courtland loses their final two games, highly unlikely since they close at hapless Caroline. But a loss in the next two weeks, depending on results from the other teams noted, could put the Hawks anywhere from second to fifth. A fifth place finish means a road trip November 13th, while a second place finish assures them of two home games to start the postseason.
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