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Lee-Davis and Hanover both celebrated Homecoming Friday night with victories, as the Confederates’ defense dominated again, while the Hawks shut down Henrico to end a three-game losing streak.
Lee-Davis scored 31 of its 38 points in the first half as Donald Kidd scored two touchdowns, then added three sacks defensively as the Confederates easily handled an improved Glen Allen squad 38-6. A 24-point explosion fueled Lee-Davis (3-3) to the win, as Kidd and Austin Rice both scored on touchdown runs, while Miles Johnson returned a Glen Allen punt 45 yards for a score.
Rice, in the wildcat, ran for 101 yards and also had a touchdown pass in the first to open the scoring.
The Confederates stay home Friday but welcome in 5-1 Highland Springs, winners of five straight since a season-opening defeat at Colonial Forge. Lee-Davis is currently one spot out of the Class 5A South playoff race where the top eight teams from Richmond-area Conferences 11 and 12 advance. Lee-Davis is ninth in VHSL rider points.
On Chamberlayne Road, Derek Stoudt’s Hanover Hawks got back on track, shutting down Malik White and Henrico’s offense en route to a 15-0 victory to go to 3-3. The returning Brooks Coombs busted off a 43-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for a lead Hanover never relinquished.
“We knew going into the season that our defense was going to be a strong point of our team,” Hanover head coach Derek Stoudt said. “We’ve been getting great linebacker play from Brennan Gary and Christian Unger. Coach Brakstad (defensive coordinator) has done a great job getting them, as a group, to buy into a fundamental gap sound approach that is really paying off for them on the field.”
The win also propelled Hanover back into the Class 4A South Region playoff picture, where they stand 11th in points. The top 16 of 24 teams in the region advance to postseason play regardless of Conference or school location. A win Friday at Armstrong would position the Hawks even better. A top-eight position at season’s end guarantees a home game in their playoff opener.
Western Hanover has not enjoyed the success of their county brethren, and, perhaps, Patrick Henry hit rock bottom Friday night, surrendering 402 yards of rushing offense to J.R. Tucker’s Wing-T offense as the Tigers won 47-7 on their Homecoming night. The Patriots’ lone score came on a rushing touchdown by Daquan Morris, when the lead had been 27-0. A 20-point fourth quarter by the Tigers added insult to injury.
Patrick Henry (0-6) celebrates Homecoming Friday when Thomas Jefferson comes to Ashland. But these are not the usual Vikings, as Thomas Jefferson is at 3-3 and is fighting for a playoff spot in Class 3A. Patriot faithful are holding their collective breath, hoping for that elusive first win Friday, but worrying what would happen if Thomas Jefferson left Ashland victorious on Patrick Henry’s Homecoming night.
In other football news, Atlee offensive lineman Nick Clarke announced Sunday night via head coach Roscoe Johnson that he has committed to play collegiately at Old Dominion University, who will enter Conference USA for the 2014 season. Clarke becomes the second Atlee lineman to secure a spot with an FBS school, as Alec Eberle committed earlier this year to Florida State University.