Monday, October 31, 2016

HONORS: All-Conference 12 Boys Volleyball Team

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for being named to the All-Conference 12 Boys Volleyball Team:

Alex Field, Atlee
Jake French, Atlee
Adam Lane, Patrick Henry
Neil Marks, Prince George
Michael Norris, Atlee
Andrew Bell, L.C. Bird
Jarrett Carrano, Patrick Henry
Jaxon Delgado, Patrick Henry
Conner Logan, Patrick Henry (Libero)

Carter Riddle, Patrick Henry
Stephen Piper, L.C. Bird
Taj Lewis, Varina
Nick Hagood, Matoaca
C.W. McIlhenny, Patrick Henry
David Knipp, Prince George
Alex Anderson, Highland Springs
Miles Worrell, Prince George
Walter Spurlock, Matoaca
Jerry Funtila, Meadowbrook
Nick Scott, Matoaca (Libero)

Matt Wiggins, Atlee
Chauncey Copeland, Meadowbrook
Andrew Rae, Atlee
Robbie Marshall, Varina
Justin Spates, Prince George (Libero)
Eric Ramos, Meadowbrook (Libero)

Alex Field, Atlee and Neil Marks, Prince George

Randy Jones, Atlee and Mayes Marks, Prince George

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Randolph-Macon Football Finally Wins In Lexington

The return of Tre Frederick netted big results, as the sophomore from Angier, North Carolina raced for 212 yards, while the Randolph-Macon defense held a highly regarded Washington and Lee running attack to just 213 yards, half of their season average, as the Yellow Jackets won at Lexington Saturday by a 18-10 score to draw themselves into a first place tie in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) with two weeks to play.

The teams traded field goals early, then quarterback Joe Vairo found Willie Schaub for a five-yard touchdown reception to give Randolph-Macon a 10-3 early in the second quarter. Seth Yurgel kicked field goals of 44 and 26 yards to up their lead to 16-3 at intermission. Senior Logan O'Neill stripped Washington & Lee quarterback Charlie Nelson in the end zone for a safety to increase the Randolph-Macon lead to 18-3 with 12:33 left.

But the Generals' defense put their team right back into the game as Will Dyson picked off a Vairo pass and raced 72 yards for Washington & Lee's only touchdown of the game, cutting the deficit to eight. The Generals got the ball back with 3:34 left, drove 53 yards to the Yellow Jacket 11, only to have senior defensive back Jacob Silva (Glen Allen HS) intercept a Nelson pass in the end zone to seal the victory.

Randolph-Macon, now 4-1 in ODAC play, 7-1 overall, is in a tie for first place in the conference at 4-1 with the Generals, and Shenandoah, who defeated Catholic 45-34. Randolph-Macon holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with both schools, beating the Generals Saturday, and the Hornets in their ODAC opener back on September 30th by a 24-19 count.

Senior Day is next for the Yellow Jackets Saturday when always dangerous Guilford comes to Ashland. The Quakers are 1-4 in ODAC play, 4-4 overall. Kickoff time is 1pm at Day Field.

Shown below are file photos of Randolph-Macon's interior defense, running back Tre Frederick (#12) talking to teammates on the bench, and Jacob Silva (#2) who had the game-clinching interception Saturday and a big interception in last week's victory over Catholic.


#11 Lee-Davis 24, Henrico 23: Confederates score on two fourth quarter touchdown passes, including a reception tipped to Nathan Evans for the 55-yard game winner, while Lee-Davis defense holds Henrico to a field goal late to set up the winning play. Confederates are 7-2.

#4 Highland Springs 49, #9 Patrick Henry 0: Springers roll on their Senior Night as Patriots fall to 7-2, host Lee-Davis in The 58th Tomato Bowl next week LIVE on our Game of The Week.

Atlee 24, #12 Varina 21: Atlee blocks a potential game-tying field goal in the final 2:30 to seal their second road win over the Blue Devils in four years, and save their playoff hopes. They host 0-9 Armstrong next week.

Hanover 45, Armstrong 8: Hawks snap six-game losing streak and are victorious on Senior Night, look to play spoiler next week in regular season finale at Henrico.

Friday, October 28, 2016

LISTEN LIVE WEEK: Henrico at Lee-Davis

CLICK HERE to listen online to the Game Of The Week, as Henrico (5-3) and #11 Lee-Davis (6-2) battle for playoff positioning in 5A South! We go live at 6:30pm with the "On The Sidelines Pre-Game Show Powered By Sheehy Ford of Ashland" with Rob Witham and Marc Davis of NBC 12!

You can also listen on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM!

HONORS: Conference 11, 20 Field Hockey Teams Announced

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for their selection to their All-Conference Field Hockey Team in Conferences 11 and 20. (Note: "*" in Conference 20 means All-Academic selection)



Lauren Elmore, Midlothian*
Hannah Adams, Powhatan*
Brie Burgio, Powhatan*
Regan Sabine, Midlothian*
Austyn Faries, Monacan*

Nora Mulroy, Midlothian*
Ellie Lancaster, Powhatan*
Keri Kane, Hanover*
Kayla Hathaway, Powhatan*
Bella Urcia, Midlothian*

Caroline Wilkes, Midlothian*
Kylee Maiolo, Powhatan*
Addie Michael, Hanover*
Megan Merillat, Midlothian*
Katie Corbitt, Powhatan*

Rachael Weis, Hanover*
Gatlin Snyder, Powhatan*


Kora Kane, Hanover*
Jenna Kyte, Midlothian*
Dani Bigham, Powhatan*

Courtney Cooke, Monacan*
Olivia Harriman, Midlothian*
Calie Rehme, Powhatan*
Lauren Didlake, Hanover*
Allison Bunn, Hanover*

Nicole Mnn, Monacan*
Alexis Slicker, Hanover*
Zoe Hammond, Midlothian*

Lindsey Merillat, Midlothian*

Conference 20 Player Of The Year: Nora Mulroy, Midlothian
Conference 20 Coach Of The Year: Geri Douglas, Midlothian




Molly Wheeler, Mills Godwin
Natalie Biliunas, Deep Run
Trudie Grattan, Douglas Freeman
Allie Kelley, Deep Run
Claira McMillion, Lee-Davis

Lauren Heffron, Deep Run
Jeanne Rockwell, Douglas Freeman
Peyton O'Donnell, Mills Godwin
Rose Wyant, J.R. Tucker
Layne Courter, Lee-Davis

Ally Parlantieri, Deep Run
Allie Kelleher, Deep Run
Abigail Killius, Mills Godwin
Brynn Gibson, Lee-Davis
Caroline Daniel, Douglas Freeman

Katie Howard, J.R. Tucker


Meredith Given, Douglas Freeman
Anna Hundley, Mills Godwin
Morgan Boyer, Glen Allen
Summer Powers, Deep Run
Taylor Ann Applewhite, J.R. Tucker

Lauren Blanchetti, Douglas Freeman
Morgan Whitaker, Deep Run
Sydney Duimstra, Deep Run
Shelby Vandergriff, Glen Allen
Sally Plaster, Mills Godwin

Jessica McRae, Glen Allen
Claire Nicholson, Douglas Freeman
Meagan Moyer, Lee-Davis
Mary Kate Lantzy, Glen Allen
Shayla Ross, J.R. Tucker

Emma Buckley, Douglas Freeman

Conference 11 Player Of The Year: Lauren Heffron, Deep Run
Conference 11 Coach Of The Year: Megan Botteri, J.R. Tucker

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



CONFERENCE 16 SEMIFINAL: #3 Patrick Henry 2, #2 Atlee 1

CONFERENCE 11 QUARTERFINAL: #3 Lee-Davis 2, #6 J.R. Tucker 1

CONFERENCE 20 SEMIFINAL: #2 Powhatan 6, #3 Hanover 0

BOYS VOLLEYBALLLee-Davis 3, Manchester 0

Saturday, October 22, 2016


#10 Patrick Henry 26, Atlee 14: Patriots defeat the Raiders for the first time since 2008 as Hunter Hart accounts for 277 yards of total offense, has an interception, and scored three rushing touchdowns. Clifton Woody had a 93-yard touchdown run for Atlee, now 3-5. Patrick Henry is 7-1.

Lee-Davis 69, Hanover 31: Four touchdown passes for Zach Lass, five total touchdowns by Nathan Evans as Lee-Davis moves to 6-2, while Hanover falls to 1-7.


#10 Patrick Henry (7-1) at #4 Highland Springs (7-1)

Varina (5-3) at Atlee (3-5)

Armstrong (0-8) at Hanover (1-7)

GAME OF THE WEEK: Henrico (5-3) at Lee-Davis (6-2), on WHAN, 102.9 FM/1430 AM, online at this website and on TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WEEK 9 FOOTBALL: Game Of The Week, Previews and More!

CLICK HERE to listen live to Atlee at #10 Patrick Henry at 6:30pm (also available on WHAN, 102.9 FM, 1430 AM and on mobile devices on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall")

CLICK HERE for previews of both county rivalry games and all Central Region matchups as the playoffs draw near, courtesy of RVA Sports Network!


CONFERENCE 11 (all matches played at Douglas Freeman High School, finalists advance to 5A South Region Tournament)

Monday 10/24:
Quarterfinal #1: #3 Lee-Davis 2, #6 J.R. Tucker 1
Quarterfinal #2: #4 Mills Godwin 3, #5 Glen Allen 0

Tuesday 10/25:
Semifinal #1: #1 Deep Run 2, #4 Mills Godwin 0
Semifinal #2: #2 Douglas Freeman 3, #3 Lee-Davis 1

Thursday 10/27:
Championship: #1 Deep Run 4, #2 Douglas Freeman 0

CONFERENCE 16 (all matches played at higher seeds; top three schools advance to 5A North Region Tournament)

Monday 10/24:
Semifinal: #1 Albemarle 2, #4 Orange 0
Semifinal: #3 Patrick Henry 2, #2 Atlee 1

Wednesday 10/26:
Championship: #1 Albemarle 3, #3 Patrick Henry 0
Third Place Game: #2 Atlee 1, #4 Orange 0

NOTE: Atlee will travel to Thomas Edison Monday for a 5A North Region First Round match, while Patrick Henry will host Wakefield, also on Monday. Match times to be announced.

CONFERENCE 20 (all matches played at River City SportsPlex, Field #7)

Monday 10/24:
Semifinal #1: #1 Midlothian 6, #4 Monacan 2
Semifinal #2: #2 Powhatan 6, #3 Hanover 0

Tuesday 10/25:
Championship: #1 Midlothian 2, #2 Powhatan 1 (OT)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Game of The Week Boys Volleyball: Lee-Davis at Hanover

CLICK HERE to listen live to Lee-Davis and Hanover on RVA Sports Network's final Tuesday Night High School Volleyball Game of The Week of the regular season!

Monday, October 17, 2016

THE WRAP: Atlee Air Show Caps Comeback Win over Henrico

(RVA Sports Network correspondent Taylor Luck contributes this story from Friday's Atlee win over ninth-ranked Henrico....)

The game, and possibly the season, was on the line for the Atlee Raiders, facing a game-deciding fourth down and nine from their own 29 yard line, trailing ninth-ranked Henrico 25-20 with 1:27 remaining. Quarterback Connor Young took the snap, dropped back, and lofted a perfect pass to Queshon Baker, who outran two defenders 71 yards to the end zone next to the skybox, where Raider fans wildly celebrated the improbable score. Atlee’s defense did the rest as the Raiders advanced to 3-4 with a 28-25 Homecoming win over the Warriors..
Atlee hadn’t entered their seventh game of a season at 2-4 or worse since 2008, in desperate need for a win. Meanwhile Henrico came in at 5-1, ranked ninth in the NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football poll, with a stingy defense, allowing only 7.2 points per game. It would be the passing game, led by Young, who saw little action in Atlee’s previous three games, that would spark the second half comeback.
Henrico quickly drove down the field on their opening possession on the legs of running back Shaheed Adeyola, and finished it with a ten-yard scramble by quarterback Jalon Jones. Henrico had an early advantage, but Atlee found themselves with excellent field position at their 44 yard line to start their next drive. Quarterback Tyler Warren immediately hit a wide open JJ Johnson for 56 yard pitch and catch to tie the game at seven with 7:13 to play in the first quarter. Neither team scored until, with only 1:14 remaining before the half, Jones found an open Jahad Carter across the middle, who turned on the afterburners, and flew down the field for a Henrico score. The extra point was blocked, but the Warriors went into halftime with a 13-7 lead.
Henrico’s first drive of the second half resulted in a punt, and the kick was deflected by Atlee, who recovered the ball at the Warrior 36 yard line. Connor Young, in at quarterback for the second half, hit Derrick Mills on a fade, and Mills beat his man down the sideline for an Atlee touchdown. The Raiders hit their extra point and took their first lead of the game, 14-13 at 8:47 in the third quarter. Henrico responded their next drive with a 43 yard touchdown pass from Jones to Robert Joseph. The Warriors went for two points to extend the lead to seven, but failed, making it 19-14 with 7:17 to play in the third. Atlee was forced to punt on their ensuing drive, but the ball was mishandled and recovered by the Raiders at the Warrior 41. A few plays later, Young found Mills again in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown, the Raiders missed the extra point, but retook the lead 20-19 at the end of the third.
The Warriors started the final period with the ball at their own 16 yard line after a Young interception, and swiftly marched down the field, before Jones found Carter in the end zone for a 26 yard score. Now up 5, Henrico went for two, but a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moved the conversion attempt back to the 17 yard line. The conversion failed, leaving an opening for Atlee to regain the lead with a touchdown with 7:10 to play. Atlee got the ball back with 1:44 on the clock at their own 28 yard line. Three plays later, Young connected with Baker on the 4th down touchdown to give Atlee a 26-25 advantage. The Raiders went for 2, and made it, putting them up 28-25 with 1:16 on the clock. Henrico gave it a solid effort, getting to midfield with only one timeout, having used their first two in the 3rd quarter, but the Warriors came up short on fourth down and 13 from their 47, turning the ball back over to Atlee, who ran out the clock.
“We had a good week of practice, and we kept talking about composure, and discipline, and doing things the right way.” explained Atlee Head Coach Matt Gray, “If we did that, we would win the ballgame; and they executed and I’m proud as heck of these guys.”
Atlee’s quarterback duo had, perhaps, their finest hour so far this season. The freshman Warren finished 4 of 9 for 79 yards and a touchdown, and 35 rushing yards on 5 attempts, mostly in the first half; while Young finished 7 of 14 for 162 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Henrico’s Jalon Jones went 15-32 for 275 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also tallied 15 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown in an impressive performance from the sophomore.
Usually reliant on the run game, Atlee simply couldn’t pound the rock without leading rusher Clifton Woody, who missed the game with a leg injury. Chris Green carried the load for the Raiders, finishing with only 26 yards on 12 carries. The Warriors got a productive day out of Shaheed Adeyola, who ran 20 times for 131 yards.
“This win is huge, we got some momentum on our side. The guys never stopped believing, but that was a big win for us... I think that we’re playing for something now, and we just have to keep chipping away.” Gray said.
Atlee now sits at 3-4, and is still in the mix for a playoff berth with three games to play. Up next is their Hanover County rival Patrick Henry, who are enjoying a successful season so far, at 6-1. The Patriots high powered offense averages 34 points per game. This will be a challenge for the Raiders, but as we saw Friday, never count Atlee out. The Raiders have won their last seven meetings with Patrick Henry.

Henrico is still a great football team at 5-2, but with big games against 6-1 Highland Springs and 5-2 Lee-Davis on the horizon, getting that sixth win won’t be a simple task.

LISTEN LIVE LINK: #1 Atlee at Mills Godwin Boys Volleyball

CLICK HERE to listen live to a huge late-season boys volleyball encounter when #1 Atlee begins a busy week at Mills Godwin on a special Monday edition of the RVA Sports Network High School Volleyball Game of The Week, airtime tonight at 7pm!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Atlee 28, #9 Henrico 25: The Raiders convert a 4th and 9 with the game on the line for, not just a first down, but a touchdown, stunning the Warriors with 1:36 left, then getting a stop on defense near midfield to secure the Raiders' third win this season. They're alive in 5A North.

#5 Highland Springs 49, #10 Lee-Davis 21: On a night where things got chippy, there was too much firepower for Highland Springs as Juwan Carter threw two touchdown passes, ran for a third, and the Springers never trailed. Jamon Coffey had a 98-yard kickoff return for Lee-Davis, now 5-2 as they head to Hanover next week.

Patrick Henry 55, Armstrong 12: Patrick Henry scores five touchdowns in the first quarter to cruise past winless Armstrong on Homecoming Night. The Patriots, at 6-1, and fighting for a home playof game in 5A North, host Atlee on our Game of The Week next Friday on WHAN, 102.9 FM and online here at

Varina 41, Hanover 0: The struggles for the Hawks continue, now 1-6, with Lee-Davis coming in next Friday. THe Hawks are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

Friday, October 14, 2016

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Lee-Davis at Highland Springs

CLICK HERE to listen live starting at 6:30 as #10 Lee-Davis battles #5 Highland Springs on our Game of The Week! Also heard on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM and on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!

2017 Lee-Davis Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Five Inductees Elected to Class of 2017
Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame
The Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, Mechanicsville, VA, is pleased to announce our inductees for the Class of 2017 of The Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  These five athletes were elected from the substantial universe of outstanding athletes who have competed with excellence since The School’s establishment, in 1959. The Class of 2017 is composed of four former student athletes and one coach with accomplishments including district, region, metro, and state distinctions, and beyond.
The inductees are Joe Douglas (Football, Track and Field and Wrestling, class of 1994),Gail (Kelly) Russell (Track and Field, Basketball, and Softball, Class of 1975), Glenn Mitchell,( Basketball and Baseball, Class of 1982), Lance Gray (Football, Basketball, and Baseball, Class of 2001), and Coach Buddy Gregory (Track and Field, 1966-1977 and Football , 1968-1976).
A banquet is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2017, at Lee-Davis with introductions of the Inductees to follow at halftime of the basketball game that same evening, at Lee-Davis High School.

For ticket information on The Banquet, email the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee at  You can check out the Lee-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame Facebook page as well for more information about the banquet.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


WHAN Radio/RVA Sports Network Game of The Week: #10 Lee-Davis (5-1) at #5 Highland Springs (5-1), 7pm

(LISTEN LIVE on 102.9 FM/1430 AM, online by clicking HERE, on @TuneIn App on "Radiall")

Last year, when 6-0 and sky high, Lee-Davis welcomed Highland Springs to Mechanicsville, and the Springers rolled to a 42-0 victory. The Confederates learned from the experience, and, when finding themselves going to Kreiter Stadium for the second round of the 5A South playoffs a month later, made the rematch a heavyweight slugfest, matching the Springers score for score before falling short at 41-34. Lee-Davis quarterback Zach Lass steps on Kreiter's field for the first time, but tailback Nate Evans and most of his offensive line do not. They know what it takes to stay with the defending state champions. But Juwan Carter and his latest group of talented skill players are looking to continue their push towards the top of the 5A South Central playoff race. Look for Aaron Motley, Tavien Blackwell, and the Springer front seven on defense to decide this one. They want to stop Evans and force Lass to the passing game.

#9 Henrico (5-1) at Atlee (2-4), 7pm

Henrico wants this game, as they are in a dogfight for a top four seed, and thus, a home game in the first round of the 5A South playoffs, but Atlee needs this game. Having lost two straight, the Raiders celebrate homecoming with an air of desperation, really needing to go 3-1 in their last four games to make a run at a 5A North playoff berth. After this game, Atlee goes to Patrick Henry, then faces Varina before ending with winless Armstrong. This is the toughest of the contests, but if Atlee's defense can contain Henrico QB Jalon Jones, and if their freshman QB Tyler Warren can be more accurate in the passing game, that will force Henrico to defend the whole field, and not try to simply bottle up the Atlee running game. Turnovers will loom large here, too. A quick note for Raider fans, Reid Childers' 35 yard field goal against Lee-Davis last week was important. He can be an option with the game on the line as long as you make the red zone.

Armstrong (0-6) at Patrick Henry (5-1), 7pm

Homecoming is tonight in Ashland, and the Patriots can work on a new winning streak and trying to keep themselves in the top eight in 5A North as they face the winless Wildcats. This is a game where you want to take care of business early, allow your starters to come out, avoiding injury, enjoy a running clock in the second half, and get out with a win, unscathed, so you can start to focus on the homestretch, hosting Atlee, going to Highland Springs, then hosting Lee-Davis in The 58th Tomato Bowl on November 4th.

Varina (3-3) at Hanover (1-5), 7pm

It's homecoming at Hanover, too, but it's also been a difficult season for the Hawks, who likely will miss the postseason for the first time in eleven years barring a surprising late-season run. Now, a win at home over Varina could jump start it all, and Hanover does get WR Kirk Shaffner back from injury. Shaffner was their second leading receiver in 2015, and has been on the bench all year, along with leading returning receiver Jack Chenault, due to injury. Clayton Cheatham needs more weapons, and gets one back. But will it be enough if Hanover's defense can't stop the dual threat of C.J. Jones and R.J. Coles for Varina, who is playing to keep their current playoff position in 5A South Central?

(Photo by Joel Klein)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wrap: Randolph-Macon Volleyball Takes ODAC Lead

When freshman Kai Cunningham learned her Randolph-Macon volleyball teammate, fellow freshman Miranda Hall (Hanover) would be unable to play in the Yellow Jackets' showdown Wednesday night against Washington and Lee in a battle of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) unbeatens, she found herself a much bigger part of the Yellow Jackets plan for victory. After some time to settle down, she began to take advantage.

Down 0-1, 22-24 in set two, Cunningham entered the match and fired back-to-back kills from the left side to tie the set at 24 apiece. A third kill tied the set at 25. After fighting off set point after set point for the Generals, a Rebecca McGilvery kill and Erin Quinn ace sealed a 30-28 victory, propelling the Yellow Jackets to a 3-1 victory to take first place by themselves in the ODAC standings at 7-0.

Cunningham was one of many Yellow Jackets who made key contributions to the victory, including McGilvery, who led the team with 18 kills, followed by Cunningham's 14. Cunningham only committed three errors on attack, as Randolph-Macon overcame a shaky start, attacking at just eleven percent in the 25-21 Generals set one victory. In sets three and four, the Yellow Jackets were successful 35 percent of the time, taking a close 25-20 third set victory before dominating in set four 25-17.

"She's never started before," Randolph-Macon head coach Bill Rogers said of Cunningham, a freshman from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. "She contributed, they all contributed. This is the most resilient team I've ever had."

In her return to Hanover County, Washington and Lee freshman Anna Soroka (Lee-Davis) had 17 assists and five kills, showing great improvement in her setting game. Mariah Clark had 13 kills for the Yellow Jackets, while Erin Quinn, the ODAC Player of The Week two weeks ago, had 47 assists.

It was also Senior Night as Rachel Wyatt, the team's only senior, had 13 digs and a kill.

The Yellow Jackets return to action Friday at home against Bridgewater College, who is now tied for second in the conference at 6-1 with the Generals. Randolph-Macon will look to stay unbeaten in conference play. The regular season champion hosts the semifinal and final rounds of the ODAC Tournament the first week in November.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LISTEN LIVE LINK: Hanover at Atlee Girls Volleyball

CLICK HERE to listen live to a Super 6 Poll Girls Volleyball showdown as #5 Hanover comes to #6 Atlee exclusively on the RVA Sports Network Tuesday Night Volleyball Game of The Week, starting at 7pm!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Lee-Davis Keeps The Stew Bowl Trophy

(RVA Sports Network intern correspondent Bryan Diehr filed this report on Lee-Davis' 21-10 victory Friday night over Atlee in the 26th edition of The Stew Bowl....)

LD Keeps the Stew Bowl Trophy
Lee-Davis holds off Atlee 21-10 in the 26th Stew Bowl

  The Lee-Davis Confederates have now approached their tough end of the schedule which includes defending 5A state champion Highland Springs next Friday. But the first of those five games was Friday against county rival Atlee. This game marked the 26th annual Stew Bowl, representing the battle for supremacy in Eastern Hanover.

  Friday night was a tale of two running attacks. The Lee-Davis attack, led by University of Richmond commit Nate Evans, is complimented by two versatile rushers in Hayden Walsh and Jarel Braxton. The trio has run for 1,099 yards and 17 touchdowns total on the season. For the Raiders, there were rotation changes for this game as sophomore power back Isaac Abel started, while usual rushers Clifton Woody and Chris Green saw carries as well.

  Lee-Davis would return the opening kickoff to the 40 yard line to begin the game and after ten straight carries by Evans, and one Atlee penalty, the senior running back pushed it in for one yard to cap off a six and a half minute, 60 yard drive and put LD up 7-0 early. After the first drive, the defense came to play for both teams. Atlee put up the only other score in the half with a field goal with 9.8 seconds to play in the half.

  Atlee’s offense came out firing in the second half, driving down the field, until a costly turnover gave Lee-Davis the ball around midfield. The C-Feds made good use of the drive as sophomore quarterback Zach Lass connected with Ned Anthony for his only completion of the night, this one of 30 yards to give LD a 14-3 lead early in the second half, as Anthony took the pitch and catch and tip-toed his way down the home sideline to find the end zone.

 After the teams traded turnovers on an Atlee fumble and an interception thrown by Lass, the Raiders marched down the field and put seven points on the board to make it a 14-10 game with 3:12 to play in the third quarter as quarterback Tyler Warren swung a lateral to wideout John Johnson, who turned the corner, kept his feet inbounds, and raced 22 yards for the score.

 With ten and a half minutes to play, Atlee was forced to punt, Warren using a low line drive kick to pin the Confederates back on the one yard-line. The struggling offense for the Confederates had to go 99 yards to put Atlee down two scores. After one incompletion from Lass, Evans and Walsh combined to rush for 99 yards on 12 carries which was capped off by a four yard run by Evans to give LD the 21-10 lead with 2:36 to play, a microcosm drive for a Lee-Davis team built to possess and run.

  An Atlee turnover on downs with just over a minute left sealed it for Lee-Davis, keeping the Stew Bowl trophy for the second straight year with the 21-10 victory.

  Nate Evans had a huge night on the ground, rushing for 192 yards on 30 carries to go along with two touchdowns. Walsh had some carries as well racking up 25 yards on seven carries. Both defenses made big stops as neither offense could get anything going for most of the ball game. Atlee was held to just 181 yards of total offense while Lee-Davis was held to just 262 on the night.

  “Tonight was awesome, I thought there was a lot of energy out there,” Lee-Davis head coach Ryan Turnage said post-game.

  Lee-Davis (5-1) next faces 5-1 Highland Springs, who crushed the Confederates in Mechanicsville 42-0 but found a different Lee-Davis team  in the playoffs, as the Confederates fell just short in a 41-34 5A South Second Round game.

  “We are going to try to put our kids in a position to win and see what happens,” coach Turnage said. “We have some kids that didn’t play in that playoff game last year but a lot that did, so it is going to be a battle.”

  It doesn’t get any easier for Atlee, now 2-4, as they next host 5-1 Henrico, needing a victory to propel themselves back into the playoff race in the 5A North Region.


#12 Lee-Davis 21, Atlee 10 (Nathan Evans with 192 yards and two touchdowns as the Confederates win The Stew Bowl, improve to 5-1, Raiders fall to 2-4)

Varina 26, #9 Patrick Henry 14 (Blue Devils pull away in the second half to hand the Patriots their first defeat, now 5-1)

#5 Highland Springs 42, Hanover 0 (Hawks shut out for second time in three weeks, fall to 1-5)

Friday, October 07, 2016

LISTEN LIVE: Game of The Week: Atlee at #12 Lee-Davis

CLICK HERE to listen live to the Game of The Week! Also available on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM and 1430 AM and on the TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall"!


WHAN Radio/RVA Sports Network Game of The Week: Atlee (2-3) at #12 Lee-Davis (4-1), 6:30pm, 102.9 FM/1430 AM, online by CLICKING HERE, and on TuneIn Radio App on "Radiall":

The Raiders begin the second half of the season tied for 15th in a 5A North Region where the top sixteen teams make the postseason, but several teams are just behind them on the outside looking in. Atlee must cut down on the mistakes, and missed opportunities, that doomed their 41-10 loss Monday at home against #5 Highland Springs. After a relatively easy first half, the Confederates begin a rugged stretch where three of the last five opponents currently have a combined record of 14-2 (Highland Springs, Henrico, Patrick Henry). The defense that plays best likely wins.

Hanover (1-4) at #5 Highland Springs (4-1), 7pm: The Springers look for their third straight win, and fifth straight over the struggling Hawks, whose ten-year postseason streak is in serious jeopardy, having to still play the Springers, plus Lee-Davis, Varina, and Henrico. The Hawks must find some offensive, as opposing defenses have bottled up quarterback Clayton Cheatham, denying him the running game and forcing Hanover to rely on an air attack hampered all season by injuries. Juwan Carter threw three of Highland Springs' four touchdown passes Monday in their win at Atlee. He'll look to do more of the same at Kreiter Stadium.

#9 Patrick Henry (5-0) at Varina (2-3), 7pm: These two teams have only met once this century: last year with the Blue Devils victorious. Before that, they last met in the 1999 Central Region playoffs with the Blue Devils winning. This game has a simple formula: a much improved Patriot defense must contain C.J. Jones and the rest of the Varina offense. Even with their recent struggles, every coach will tell you, it's hard to win at Varina. Lee-Davis couldn't do it two weeks ago for their lone defeat. And with Varina now on the outside looking in in the 5A South Central playoff race, they need a victory. That's dangerous for Patrick Henry. But the Patriots have had a normal week of practice, while Varina has had to quickly turn from a 21-0 loss at Henrico to try to figure out the complex Patrick Henry offense. A good game for Travious Tyler bodes well for the Patriots.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016



#5 Highland Springs 41, Atlee 10 (Raiders fall to 2-3, travel to #12 Lee-Davis Friday night)


Patrick Henry 2, Lee-Davis 0 (Aidan Rossman (below) scores both goals in the first half as the Patriots improve to 7-3).