PLAYOFFS: First round recaps

L.C. Bird 49, Mills Godwin 0

The Skyhawks lit up the Eagles defense for 49 first half points before playing reserves as L.C. Bird cruised to a first round playoff victory, advancing to play Hermitage this Friday at 7 p.m.

The Skyhawks defense crushed Mills Godwin, allowing just 53 yards in the first half.

Bird quarterback Terrance Ervin threw four touchdown passes- two to Rasheed Worsham, one to Shawn Payne and one to Earl Hughes en route to earning Village News player of the week honors. Hughes finished with 115 yards rushing (2 TDs), 51 yards receiving (TD) and returned a 63 yard punt for a touchdown.

Deion Taylor led the Skyhawks with nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Daijaune Dorsey and Tyler Wilkins both recorded first half interceptions. Tayvon Austin recorded a sack and Worsham blocked a punt on special teams.

Friday’s showdown with Hermitage will be another rendition of what has become a near tradition in the postseason. In the past three years, Hermitage and Bird have faced off three times in the region with the Panthers winning two of three decisions. Bird defeated Hermitage 24-20 last year en route to the state championship. Follow along with all remaining Bird games on twitter @VNewsSports.

Colonial Forge 47, Thomas Dale 26

Thomas Dale’s season came to a close as the Knights couldn’t get momentum against the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs last Saturday.

The Knights faced a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter before quarterback Trevor Luke threaded the needle to C.J. Reavis for a 32 yard touchdown pass. Reavis had been getting offensive reps since the team lost tight end Marco Carrabotta to injury.

After getting a turnover on a bad snap, Luke threw an interception in the red zone to kill the Knights rally. After a touchdown by Colonial Forge, Knights linebacker Justin Cooper returned an interception for a touchdown to make it 28-14. Luke added a touchdown toss to A.J. Holliday, and Eric Finney reached pay dirt on a run.

Finney finished the game with 76 total yards and a TD while Luke finished 16-25 passing for 157 yards to go with 2 touchdowns and three interceptions. Four Thomas Dale turnovers doomed a come back attempt.

The Knights finished their season at 6-5 but possess a young roster. Dale will be poised to improve further in 2014.

Atlee 23, Meadowbrook 6

After trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Monarchs seemed to have succeeded in slowing down a high octane Raiders offensive attack. Penalties and turnovers became too much for Meadowbrook to overcome as Atlee pulled away gaining a 23-6 victory to eliminate the Monarchs.

“I’m really proud of the players and coaches this year,” said Meadowbrook Head Coach Troy Taylor. “We were tough and never quit,” he continued.

Meadowbrook’s lone touchdown came on a 58 yard run by wide receiver Terrelle Whitaker. Whitaker ends his career as one of the most exciting and best receivers to play at Meadowbrook.

Junior running back Justin Miller ran for 78 yards in the game, finishing a great season. Most of a young Meadowbrook team will stay together and look to gel in the off-season during workouts.

The Monarchs fielded what was perhaps the youngest team since Taylor took over as head coach. Despite that youth, they finished their season at 6-5.

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