Matoaca 26, Thomas Dale 25
The Warriors won a thriller against the Knights, improving their record to 5-5 as their season came to a close. Matoaca’s defeat of playoff-bound Thomas Dale was on senior night for the Warriors.
A dangerous combination of juniors in quarterback Blake Bowen (6-9 passing, 130 yards, 3 TDs, INT) and wide out Trevion Armstrong connected for three catches, 99 yards and three touchdowns. Khalil Coleman scored on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter to put up the Warriors for good.
Defensively, Matoaca was led by junior Josh Alston with eight tackles, Christian Chisolm had 1.5 sacks and Andrew Carroll and Jordan Bouldin both picked off Thomas Dale quarterback Trevor Luke.
The Knights got a great effort from C.J. Reavis on both sides of the ball as he picked up eight tackles and an interception on defense while gaining 69 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Jiovanni Slayton caught four balls for 58 yards a touchdown.
Thomas Dale will travel this Friday to face a stout Colonial Forge (Stafford, Va.) team who finished their season 7-3 defeating Highland Springs and Hermitage and playing top seed in the 5A North Massaponax (Spotsyvania, Va.) tough, losing 34-28. Coach Kevin Tucker stated that Colonial Forge is a very well-coached and talented squad.
That game will kick-off in Stafford, Va. at 7 p.m. Matoaca finished as the 10th seed in the 5A South Conference. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Thomas Dale (6-4) 0 - 13 - 12- 0 -- 25
Matoaca (5-5) 0 - 13 - 7 - 6 -- 26
L.C. Bird 34, Manchester 14
The Skyhawks finished their second consecutive season 10-0 and earned the top seed in the 5A South playoffs, meaning they will have home field advantage throughout region playoffs. L.C. Bird has won 24 straight games and 58 of their last 59 regular season games.
Earl Hughes earned his fifth nod as Village News player of the week rushing for 267 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. Rasheed Worsham added 135 yards on the ground and two scores to go with 36 yards receiving.
Freshman linebacker Rayshard Ashby led Bird with nine tackles and a sack. Senior defensive lineman Mike Harris added seven tackles, a sack and forced fumble.
Bird will host Mills Godwin, who won last Saturday to clinch the eighth seed in the 5A South Conference, edging out Lee-Davis who fell to Atlee last Friday. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High School. Manchester earned the sixth seed in 5A South and will travel to Douglas Freeman Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Manchester (8-2) 0 - 0 - 14 - 0 -- 14
L.C. Bird (10-0) 14 - 12 - 8 - 0 -- 34
Dinwiddie 38, Meadowbrook 13
The Generals finished a perfect 10-0 season by defeating the Monarchs on their senior night. Dinwiddie held a 24-0 lead at the half on the way to the victory.
Meadowbrook got touchdowns from a Talik Mann pass to Terrelle Whitaker for 25 yards, and a one run plunge by reserve quarterback Kharon Conway.
With the loss, the Monarchs fell to 6-4, but managed to lock up the No. 7 seed in the 5A South Conference, meaning they will travel to Atlee to face the No. 2 seeded Raiders this Friday in the first round of the expanded VHSL playoffs.
Atlee finished the regular season 9-1 with its lone loss coming at the hands of one of the best teams Douglas Freeman has fielded in years, 24-14. The Raiders defeated Highland Springs in a 49-42 shootout and also dispatched Varina 31-28.
The Monarchs defense will have to respond to slow down a tough Atlee attack and generate offense of their own led by sophomore quarterback Mann, and a potent run attack led by junior Justin Miller.
“Head Coach Roscoe Johnson has done a great job over there at Atlee,” said Meadowbrook Head Coach, Troy Taylor. “They are well-coached and their kids play hard.”
Kick-off for the Atlee game is slated for 7:30 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Meadowbrook (6-4) 0 - 0 - 7 - 6 -- 13
Dinwiddie (10-0) 13 - 11 - 7 - 7 -- 38