A blowout and heartbreakers in week two

L.C. Bird 72, George Wythe 0
The Skyhawks dominated the Bulldogs last Friday night, holding them to 75 yards total offense.

Bird racked up 47 first half points and didn’t look back, needing just 24 offensive plays to dispatch Wythe.

Earl Hughes led the way rushing with 53 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Stephen Mines added a 43-yard touchdown on his only carry of the game. Senior Rasheed Worsham caught four passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Virginia Tech commit Shawn Payne caught two balls for 25 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Terrance Ervin finished 8-12 for 127 yards and three touchdowns.

The Skyhawks forced four turnovers out of Wythe, and three of them resulted in scores: A.J. Norfleet returned and interception for 42 yards to score and Darnell Gore and Casey Wallace both returned fumbles for touchdowns.

Bird improves to 2-0 and faces James River on the road this Friday. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Score by quarter
George Wythe (0-2)    0   -  0  -   0 - 0 -- 0
L.C. Bird (2-0)            26 - 21 - 19 - 6 -- 72

Varina 27, Thomas Dale 17
The Knights led early in the fourth quarter 17-14 before a Blue Devils comeback sank Thomas Dale, 27-17.

Varina struck with a kick-off return for a touchdown and an early rushing TD to make it 14-0, but Thomas Dale would answer back as big defensive tackle Darvin Taylor recovered a fumble, rumbling down the field 35 yards for a score. Running back Eric Finney scored off of another Varina turnover, a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Trey Young in the third quarter.

Thomas Dale was without quarterback Trevor Luke for the game, who is nursing a concussion sustained against Bird.

Taylor finished with 12 tackles and sophomore middle linebacker Sammy Stark logged ten tackles and a sack. Finney gained 60 yards on the ground in 21 attempts.
Thomas Dale fell to 1-2 and also will head into a bye week. The Knights losses have also been at the hands of top competition in L.C. Bird and Varina.

Score by quarter
Thomas Dale (1-2)      0 - 10 - 7 - 0 -- 17
Varina (3-0)               14 - 0 - 0 - 13 -- 27

Highland Springs 27, Meadowbrook 21
The Monarchs suffered a heartbreaking loss to a competitive Springers team. Running back D.J. Johnson scored with 26 seconds left on a four yard scamper to give Highland Springs the victory.

Meadowbrook led 21-14 at the half, but the Highland Springs defense was able to hold them scoreless in the second half to help seal the win.

The Monarchs were led by Justin Miller who carried the ball 26 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Talik Mann finished 7-14 passing for a 183 yards and touchdown, which was a 66-yard strike to senior Terelle Whitaker in the first quarter.

The Monarchs fell to 1-2, and will go into their bye week with two tough losses to top competition in Highland Springs and Hermitage.

Score by quarter
Meadowbrook (1-2)       13 - 8 - 0 - 0 -- 21
Highland Springs (2-1)   14 - 0 - 7 - 6 -- 27

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