FOOTBALL: Week 9 recaps

L.C. Bird 73, Clover Hill 7

The Skyhawks ruled the roost once again this week, improving to 9-0 on the year on senior night.

After Clover Hill capitalized on a Terrance Ervin interception with a 95 yard touchdown pass to take an early lead, Bird reeled off 73 unanswered points.

Running back Stephen Mines led the way with 144 yards and three touchdowns while Earl Hughes rushed for 101 yards, two touchdowns and returned a kick 64 yards for a third score. Rasheed Worsham scored three touchdowns: one on a reception, one on a run, and a third on a 16-yard pass to Ervin on a trick play. Ervin threw for two touchdowns as well.

The Bird defense was led by defensive end Mike Harris with 10 tackles. Seven different Skyhawks recorded quarterback sacks. Bird also collected three interceptions on the evening.

The Skyhawks will look to extend their 23 game win streak and complete the regular season 10-0 against Manchester at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Hopewell 52, Matoaca 47

The Warriors fell to the Blue Devils in an absolute shootout as Hopewell’s Tabyus Taylor scored eight touchdowns (seven rushing, one passing) to sink Matoaca.

In a back and forth affair, Warriors quarterback Blake Bowen held his own, earning Village News player of the week honors by passing for 298 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for a fifth touchdown. Two of those passing touchdowns went to Khalil Coleman while the others went to wide receiver Trevion Armstrong and tight end Jonathan Manuel.

Sophomore running back Aaron Monts also turned in a stellar performance rushing for 169 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, linebacker Jordan Bouldin led the team with nine tackles.

With the loss, Matoaca fell to 4-5 on the season and will miss the playoffs. They host Thomas Dale for senior night Friday, looking to play potential spoiler for the Knights’ playoff hopes.

Dinwiddie 21, Thomas Dale 0

The Knights were able to slow down a potent Dinwiddie offense, but were unable to generate much offense of their own as they fell to a undefeated Generals squad.
Running back Rashaad Goodwyn scored twice for the Generals while Sadarius Williams struck first for Dinwiddie.

The Generals defense was able to force two turnovers and running back Eric Finney was limited to just 60 yards on the ground.

The Knights were led on defense by linebacker Justin Cooper and defensive tackle Darvin Taylor with 10 tackles each. Virginia Tech commit C.J. Reavis added eight tackles.
A win Friday virtually guarantees Thomas Dale a playoff spot. They will face Matoaca on the road at 7 p.m.

Meadowbrook 40, Petersburg 18

Meadowbrook’s offense put up 26 points in the second half to put away Petersburg to improve to 6-3 after being up just 14-12 at the half.

Quarterback Talik Mann and running back Justin Miller both threw touchdown passes to Terrelle Whitaker. Miller found the end zone twice in the ground game as well.
Whitaker also took back a kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

The Monarchs figure to qualify for a playoff spot after a win in week 9, and will square off with Dinwiddie Friday at 7 p.m.

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