8Sports Blitz Top 10 for Week 6

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Every Top 10 team but Thomas Dale won on Friday night, and the Knights can’t be criticized too much for losing to the #2 team on this list, Dinwiddie. As a result, we do have some changes to the latest #8SportsBlitz Top 10, but not many. A reminder, we vote on this with the folks at RVA GameBreak, and you can visit them at:  http://www.RVAGameBreak.com.10) Hopewell Blue Devils (4-1)

Last week: def. Matoaca 28-0

This week: vs. Colonial Heights (3-2)

Why: A shutout win over a 5A opponent that has a win over a 6A opponent is impressive. The Blue Devils stumbled against I.C. Norcom, but they have really found their stride. They have two winnable games against Colonial Heights and Prince George, and then things get a whole lot harder against Thomas Dale and Dinwiddie.9) Lee-Davis Confederates (4-1)

Last week: def. Hanover 41-11

This week: vs. Armstrong (2-3)

Why: Lee-Davis dispatched Hanover easily, showing no ill effects of their beating at the hands of the Springers. After the Wildcats, the Confederates finish the season with tough match ups with Atlee, Varina, Henrico, and Patrick Henry. 9-1 is within reach, but it won’t be easy.8) Varina Blue Devils (4-1)

Last week: def. Armstrong 61-14

This week: @ Patrick Henry (3-2)

Why: Varina stomped Armstrong, and in moving to 4-1 the Blue Devils look like a 5A playoff team. It will be interesting to see who finishes better amongst some very even Capital District teams: Lee-Davis, Varina, and Henrico.7) L.C. Bird Skyhawks (4-1)

Last week: idle

This week: @ Clover Hill (2-4)

Why: Bird had a week off, and they now face a stretch run that includes Manchester and Monacan. If the Skyhawks want to get back some of the respect they lost by getting blown out at Thomas Dale, those two games are a good place to start.6) Thomas Dale Knights (3-2)

Last week: lost to #2 Dinwiddie 28-0

This week: vs. Meadowbrook (2-3)

Why: The Knights are the only two-loss team in this top ten because their two losses are to #1 and #2 on this list. Even so, watching the Dinwiddie defense shut out a Dale rushing attack that has stampeded over three opponents was not encouraging for the Knights’ 6A playoff hopes. It seems if they can’t run it, they’re dead in the water, and the teams from Northern Virginia and the Beach tend to be pretty big and pretty fast, and pretty good at stopping the run.5) Manchester Lancers (4-1)

Last week: def. James River 59-15

This week: vs. Huguenot (3-3)

Why: When is a 59-15 score line even more impressive than it already looks? When it was 59-7 at half. Manchester has had a lot of opportunities to run up the score (Cosby, Midlo, James River). Credit Head Coach Tom Hall for calling off the dogs when the outcome is not in doubt.4) Monacan Chiefs (5-0)

Last week: def. George Wythe 57-20

This week: vs. James River (3-3)

Why: Monacan took care of business against George Wythe and now turns its attention to the Rapids, who are coached their former defensive coordinator. Bobby Henderson is Monacan Head Coach Jim Henderson’s little brother. Their father is helping Bobby in his first season at James River. This should make for some very awkward dinner table conversation. “Pass the salt, the pepper, and the scouting report?”3) Highland Springs Springers (5-1)

Last week: def. Henrico 23-6

This week: @ Hanover (1-4)

Why: The Springers look as good as any team in the state on defense. Their offense is spotty at times. Henrico has had a good defense ever since Head Coach Gerald Glasco arrived, but after putting up 48 on Lee-Davis, we expected a few more points against the Warriors. Patrick Henry put up 30+ just the week before. That could be the Springers’ undoing against L.C. Bird and/or Hermitage in the playoffs.2) Dinwiddie Generals (5-0)

Last week: def. #4 Thomas Dale 28-0

This week: vs. vs. Matoaca (1-4)

Why: We knew the Generals were good, but we didn’t realize they were that good. The defense handcuffed a powerful Thomas Dale rushing attack, and the offense scored four times. We don’t believe anyone challenges this team until Monacan in the playoffs and possibly Blacksburg or Salem in the state title game.1) Hermitage Panthers (6-0)

Last week: def. Deep Run 45-14

This week: vs. J.R. Tucker (3-2

Why: The Panthers keep rolling along in decimating their easy Colonial District schedule. The worry for Hermitage is complacency. That has to be why Head Coach Patrick Kane has scheduled Manchester for late in the year. That will be Herm’s only remaining taste of playoff competition before the playoffs actually begin.#8SportsBlitz Top 10 for Week 5#8SportsBlitz Top 10 for Week 7

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