RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Four area teams still have their state championship dreams alive, while others saw successful campaigns come to an end on Friday night in the regional finals.
Hermitage 10, L.C. Bird 0
Same matchup, same outcome in Division 6. In a rematch of last year's title game, Hermitage once again used a suffocating defense to beat L.C. Bird in the Central Region Championship game, 10-0. This game was a defensive battle and the Panthers led 3-0 at the break, and Salvador Acosta provided the spark in the fourth quarter for Hermitage. Acosta stormed through the line to block a Skyhawk punt, setting up a Derrick Green touchdown rush on the next play to round out the scoring. Patrick Kane's defense held Bird's Yahkee Johnson, who entered just shy of the 2,500 yard rushing mark, to just 67 yards on 26 carries. The Panthers will play in the state semifinals at home next Saturday.
Hanover 31, Atlee 12
In Division 5, Hanover avenged an early season loss to their biggest rivals, and took the Central Region title with a 31-12 win over Atlee. Both teams were working with different quarterbacks in the rematch. Atlee's Ruben Rucker broke his hand in the Raiders playoff game vs. Lee-Davis last week, and he was not able to suit up. Fill-in Kenner Berry would struggle, throwing a pick-six to David Chryster in the first half. Hanover's backup, Andrew Knizner, would perform better, thanks to the man he replaced. Sam Rogers dislocated his elbow, and has not been playing quarterback, but he still did about everything else. Rogers scored the first touchdown of the game on a reception, added a big fake punt conversion, and rushed in a TD to make the score 31-5 in the fourth quarter. Hanover will travel to South County next Saturday.
Goochland 16, King William 12
In a battle of unbeatens in Division 2, Goochland found a way to survive against King William, 16-12, and advance to the state semifinals. The teams traded touchdowns early, with the Bulldogs taking a 7-6 lead in the 2nd quarter. Sean Chandler scored on a short touchdown run in the third quarter to give KW their second lead of the game 12-7. Jake Martin would score from one yard out for Goochland to give them a 13-12 lead, and they would hold on after a late scare from the Cavaliers to improve to 13-0. Goochland will host Wilson Memorial in the State semifinals next Saturday.
Amelia 40, Manassas Park 12
Amelia continues its strong season into the state semifinals with a 40-12 beatdown of Manassas Park. The Raiders were leading 7-6, but then scored 25 consecutive points to ice the game. Amelia QB Ashton Royal had another huge game, as the Raiders improve to 12-1, with their only loss coming to Goochland. Amelia heads to Gretna next Saturday.
Briar Woods 21, Powhatan 7
Briar Woods won their second straight Region II District 4 championship with a 21-7 win over Powhatan in Ashburn. The Indians were stopped on fourth down on their final four possessions. Powhatan actually held a 7-0 lead, but BW quarterback Trace McSorley ran for a TD, then threw for one to give BW the seven point advantage. Briar Woods would add a touchdown late to ice the game. Powhatan running back Ray Brown was limited to just 66 yards on the ground. Quarterback Thomas Mitchell had PHS's touchdown, on a 44-yard run.