Can a Central Region team beat Hermitage? Deep Run next to try - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Can a Central Region team beat Hermitage? Deep Run next to try

Posted: Updated:
GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) -

It's the question many football coaches have asked in the Central Region... how do you beat Hermitage?  The Panthers are 39-2 against region teams during since 2009 and are riding a 29 game winning streak in the circuit.

Deep Run will be the next team that gets its crack at the top team in the Central Region, and arguably the best team in the state.  The Wildcats will look to snap the Panthers' 42 game Colonial District winning streak, which dates back to 2006. 

We talked to several coaches in the region, and based on those conversations and our observations, we came up with four keys to winning against Hermitage.

The first is play mistake-free football.  Hermitage capitalizes on other team's mistakes better than most squads, so you'll usually pay for an error if you make one.

Secondly, limit the big plays.  The Panthers boast playmakers almost everywhere on the field, most notebly running back Derrick Green, quarterback Niko Johnson and wide receiver Brian Brown, and a Panther getting into the open field won't be good news for Deep Run this Friday.

Third, control the clock.  The more the Hermitage defense is forced to stay on the field, the less opportunities its explosive offense has to make the big plays.

Fourth, win the special teams battle.  Getting good field position and giving the Panthers long fields for their possessions is key.

Both Hermitage and Deep Run are unbeaten in Colonial District play.  The Panthers are 6-0 on the 2012 season overall, while the Wildcats are 4-2.

Deep Run and Hermitage kick off on Friday at 7:00pm at Deep Run.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Mooney and Smart meet in charity cook-off

    Mooney and Smart meet in charity cook-off

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:06:11 GMT
    Richmond head basketball coach Chris Mooney and VCU head basketball coach Shaka Smart met in the 2nd annual Coaches' Cook-Off at the Science Museum of Virginia Thursday night. All proceeds from the eventMore >>
    Richmond head basketball coach Chris Mooney and VCU head basketball coach Shaka Smart met in the 2nd annual Coaches' Cook-Off at the Science Museum of Virginia Thursday night. All proceeds from the eventMore >>
  • Strauss, Spider offense shine during spring game

    Strauss, Spider offense shine during spring game

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:58:56 GMT
    Michael Strauss has claimed the starting quarterback job at the University of Richmond.  Head coach Danny Rocco said so after the offense dominated the defense at Saturday's annual spring game. The SpiderMore >>
    Michael Strauss has claimed the starting quarterback job at the University of Richmond.  Head coach Danny Rocco said so after the offense dominated the defense at Saturday's annual spring game. The SpiderMore >>
  • Raiders rocked at home by league-newcomer Harrisburg

    Raiders rocked at home by league-newcomer Harrisburg

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:53:50 GMT
    The Harrisburg Stampede scored on offense, defense, and special teams in building a 20 point first half lead, and they forced four Raider turnovers on their way to a 48-27 win in Richmond Saturday night.More >>
    The Harrisburg Stampede scored on offense, defense, and special teams in building a 20 point first half lead, and they forced four Raider turnovers on their way to a 48-27 win in Richmond Saturday night.More >>
Powered by WorldNow