Meadowbrook 21, Matoaca 14
In what was perhaps one of the most thrilling games of the weekend, Meadowbrook (3-4) knocked off Matoaca (5-2) on the strength of two key turnovers and a last-second goal line stand.
Running the wildcat with Jamison Harrison at quarterback most of the fourth quarter, Matoaca trailed 21-14, and drove to the one-yard line with 45 seconds left. On the Warriors’ last attempt at the end zone, defensive tackle Michael Crewe Jr. burst through the line for the Monarchs and Kevin Williams made the tackle to secure the Monarch’s third victory of the season.
Meadowbrook was able to gain an advantage on two key Matoaca miscues. The first was an errant snap that sailed over the holder’s head on a field goal attempt. Matthew Hodges scooped up the ball and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. The second mistake was a punt return that was dropped by the Warriors and recovered by Dontez Braxton that set up a Jace Miller touchdown to give the Monarchs the lead in the 4th quarter.
Miller, a senior had his biggest game of the season, rushing for 183 yards and a touchdown. Jordyn Hunter also found the end zone for Meadowbrook. In addition to his defensive touchdown, Hodges finished with eight tackles and two sacks. Darryl White had six tackles.
Matoaca was led by Jamison Harrison with 140 yards rushing and 70 yards passing while running the wildcat. His touchdown toss was to B.J. Flowers. Cade Driskill also scored a touchdown on a goal line plunge.
Matoaca has a tough match-up with Hopewell (5-2) this Friday on the road at 7:30p.m. while Meadowbrook travels to Thomas Dale (6-1) for what should be a slugfest at 7p.m.
Thomas Dale 52, Petersburg 6
Thomas Dale’s defense helped to create short fields for their offense all night long in Petersburg last Friday. The result, a victory where the Knights cruised, 52-6 over the Crimson Wave.
Things were interesting in the first quarter and the game was kept close, but then the Knights turned things up on both sides of the field in the route.
Statisically, Thomas Dale’s defense led the way. Linebackers Sam Stark and Max Oxendine had 15 and 10 tackles respectively. Traquan Booker added six tackles.
Booker led the way in the run game as well, tallying 58 yards and two scores. Brian Bullock caught two passes for 100 yards and two scores, thrown by quarterback Matt Lawton. Trent Williams also hauled in a touchdown reception from Gabe McCollin.
Thomas Dale (6-1) hosts Meadowbrook (3-4) this Friday for the “Route 10 Rivalry.” Game time is 7p.m.
L.C. Bird 34, Cosby 6
The Titans kept things interesting for a while against L.C. Bird, trailing by just 15 to start the fourth quarter before two late touchdowns by the Skyhawks to put things away.
The Skyhawks (7-0) defense bent but didn’t break, however, they did give up a touchdown when Riley Doyle passed to Jeff Combs for a 21 yard score. The touchdown is the only of the season so far to be scored on the first team’s defense.
L.C. Bird’s defense was still dominant. The Skyhawks allowed just 78 total yards and just 4 rushing yards to the Titans, who fell to 3-4.
Running back J.B. Wright rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while Jalen Elliott was 7-12 passing for two touchdowns. Tight end DeMarco Scott and full back Rayshard Ashby caught those touchdowns.
Ashby led the defense with 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Isaiah Moore totaled eight tackles, four of them for a loss of yards and a sack.
The Skyhawks will enjoy homecoming festivities this week that will culminate with a match-up against George Wythe (0-7). Game time is 7:30p.m.