Written by WRIC’s Mitch Carr
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — High school football has only been back for one week, and already we have a major shake up in the Week one Top 10. That’s what happens when the #1 team loses. The #8SportsBlitz Top 10 is voted on by 8Sports and RVAGameBreak.com.
10) Lee-Davis Confederates (0-0)
Last week: idle
This week: @ Mills Godwin (1-0)
Why: The Confederates return a lot of beef up front and a talented young quarterback in Zach Lass. They also return without leading rusher Nathan Evans, who is now at William & Mary. If Josh Rice can find the holes behind the massive, experienced offensive line, Lee-Davis should return to the playoffs.
9) Monacan Chiefs (1-0)
Last week: def. Hanover 26-14
This week: vs. Glen Allen (0-0)
Why: We actually dropped the Chiefs a spot from #8 after a win in which running back Korey Bridy scored four touchdowns in what looked like a romp until Hanover scored to keep it closer. The Chiefs are going to be one of the teams to beat in 4A once again this year.
8) Douglas Freeman Rebels (1-0)
Last week: def. Midlothian 41-21
This week: @ James River (0-1)
Why: The Rebels believe this may be the deepest team of the Mike Henderson era, and that’s an era in which the worst record in six years has been 6-4. The Rebels always seem to have a quarterback, and Jack Pollard looks like a good one. Korry Cooper may also be one of the area’s best running backs.
7) Varina Blue Devils (0-0)
Last week: idle
This week: vs. Meadowbrook (0-1)
Why: Varina has a lot of returning starters, some of which who have been playing varsity since they were in eighth grade. Head Coach Stu Brown has been saying for years that the team was young. That’s no longer the case, and it’s time for all that experience to start paying dividends.
6) Highland Springs Springers (0-1)
Last week: lost to #4 Hermitage 14-9
This week: vs. Woodside (1-0)
Why: The Springers showed some issues on offense, namely at the quarterback position. The defense continues to shine, but if the offense cannot score more than nine points, the Springers may be in a rebuilding year.
5) Thomas Dale Knights (1-0)
Last week: def. Cosby 45-0
This week: vs. #4 L.C. Bird (1-0)
Why: No team in the area may have had a more impressive 2017 debut than the Knights. In years past, battles with Cosby have been bruising, close affairs. Putting up 45 points on another 6A team coming off of a playoff run and hoping to make another shows that this team has what it takes to make a run to the playoffs itself. The Skyhawks have had Dale’s number for a decade, now. If Thomas Dale can finally turn the rivalry around, they may have a state title contender.
4) L.C. Bird Skyhawks (1-0)
Last week: def. Meadowbrook 33-7
This week: @ #5 Thomas Dale (1-0)
Why: Tony Nicely picked up a nice win in his Bird head coaching debut. He’s no stranger to the Battle of Chester nor to Thomas Dale, having previously coached at Meadowbrook. If Bird can beat Dale once again after what the Knights did to Cosby, you can say with confidence that the Skyhawks lost little or nothing when former head coach David Bedwell moved into the AD position.
3) Manchester Lancers (0-0)
Last week: idle
This week: @ Riverbend (1-0)
Why: The Bears are potential playoff match up for the Lancers, so playing them first this season will be a good test. Head Coach Tom Hall is excited about his team, given that he returns nearly everybody from last year’s playoff squad. They’re big. They’re fast. They’ll compete with Thomas Dale as the best 6A teams in the Richmond region.
2) Hermitage Panthers (1-0)
Last week: def. #1 Highland Springs 14-9
This week: vs. Henrico (0-0)
Why: The Panthers showed true grit in getting by Highland Springs after being down 9-0 to start the game. Head Coach Patrick Kane was very unhappy with his team’s performance despite the win. He wanted to see more emotional control, especially given the team’s experience level. The Panthers have one of the toughest if not the toughest schedule in the area, but regardless of their record you can be confident they will be one of the final 5A teams standing in the Richmond area.
1) Dinwiddie Generals (1-0)
Last week: def. Denbigh 70-0
This week: vs. Smithfield (0-0)
Why: Dinwiddie gave us everything and more on opening night. Star linebacker and wide receiver K’Vaughan Pope, who has committed to Ohio State, scored a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown, and a defensive touchdown. The kick return team brought the opening kick back for a score. It was three phases of utter domination, and it ought to continue as K’Vaughan’s younger brother K’Ymon gets more comfortable at the quarterback spot. If there’s a more complete team in the area, we haven’t seen it yet.