RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With the high school football playoffs beginning today, it’s now win or go home for all teams still alive across Central Virginia. There’s blue chips, such as Highland Springs and Manchester, who are looking to add another trophy to the cabinet and new bloods, such as J.R. Tucker and Midlothian, who are hungry to set history.

Some matchups this week include (4B) No. 6 Powhatan (7-3) at No. 3 Varina (8-1), (5C) No. 5 L.C. Bird (5-3) at No. 4 Douglas Freeman (8-2) and (6A) No. 5 James River (6-4) at No. 4 Thomas Dale (7-2). The playoff schedule for other teams in the Richmond area is available here.

8News reporters were at six games tonight sharing updates and highlights from the fields. Below are images from this week’s games.

The Highland Springs High School football team before its matchup against J.R. Tucker High School on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Natalie Kalibat)
The Matoaca High School football team before its matchup against Patrick Henry High School on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Olivia Jaquith)
The L.C. Bird High School football team running onto the field before its matchup against Douglas Freeman High School on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Natalie Kalibat)
The Highland Springs High School marching band before its football team’s matchup against J.R. Tucker High School on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Natalie Kalibat)
A Douglas Freeman High School player running onto the team’s sideline before his team’s matchup against L.C. Bird High School on Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Arriyonna Allen)
The Douglas Freeman High School football team running onto the field before its matchup against L.C. Bird High School on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Photo: Natalie Kalibat)