In The Red Zone: Michael Rohr, New High School Football Home

Friday, October 07, 2016

FRIDAY FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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.

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