Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Meadowbrook football entered Friday night with a perfect 7-0 record and leading the Division 6 Central Region rankings, but it only took 48 minutes for Thomas Dale to turn the tide on the Monarchs' season.
The Knights scored the go-ahead touchdown mid-way through the fourth quarter and held off Meadowbrook for the 21-14 win. The victory almost guarantees that Thomas Dale will win the Central District title and earn a postseason berth. Meadowbrook, meanwhile, will most likely miss the playoffs, despite being a team that could very well finish 9-1.
Scoring came at a premium in the first half. After a scoreless first quarter, Gerard Johnson tossed a short pass to Devin Woodley, who broke several tackles and raced down the sideline for a 70 yard score. Dale would answer as D.J. Reid showed off some elusive moves of his own for a 69 yard touchdown run and the score was knotted at seven headed into halftime. The third quarter would not see any points, but the final ten minutes of the fourth would see three touchdowns. The Knights took their first lead of the game when Quinton Taylor found Reid who took it into the endzone for a 35 yard scoring play, giving Thomas Dale a 13-7 lead after a missed extra point try. Meadowbrook answered right back when Johnson eluded several defenders and avoided several sack attempts, dropped it off to Jeremy Cuthrell, and watch him race across the field and into the endzone, putting the Monarchs back on top after the PAT. It would be Thomas Dale scoring last, as Taylor carried the ball six yards across the goalline on a quarterback keeper, and Christian Turley added a two point conversion rush, putting the Knights on top, 21-14. Meadowbrook would get two more possessions to try and push across the tying score, but could not get past the Thomas Dale defense.
Reid finished the night with 178 rushing yards on 30 carries with the touchdown, and pulled in the TD receptions as well. Johnson led Meadowbrook with 204 passing yards and 108 rushing yards.
Thomas Dale improves to 6-2, 6-0 in the Central District, and will venture out of the district next Friday for a rematch with L.C. Bird. Meadowbrook falls to 7-1, 4-1 in district play, and will battle Colonial Heights next week.