Here is the latest NBC12/ WHAN Radio High School Football Top 10 Poll. The poll is released every Tuesday during the high school football season.
1) L.C. Bird (4-0, was #1)- The Skyhawks are coming off a 42-7 win over Monacan to run their winning-streak to 33 games. Bird is posting nearly 47 points per game, while giving up just seven per outing. The Skyhawks have one of their toughest tests of the season this Friday, when they host Lake Taylor.
2) Hermitage (4-0, was #3)- Herm routed Thomas Jefferson, 42-0, this past Saturday. The Panthers have won their last two match-ups primarily with back-up Eli Odom at quarterback. With its difficult non-conference slate behind it, Hermitage looks to be full speed ahead towards another double-digit win campaign. The Panthers host Patrick Henry on Friday.
3) Highland Springs (4-0, was #4)- The Springers made a statement with a 20-0 shutout win over Hanover in their Capital District opener last week, and did so without arguably their biggest weapon in Felton Davis. Juwan Carter is developing well at quarterback and has a deep receiving group to work with, while Marcus Taylor makes this Highland Springs offense multi-dimensional. Highland Springs hosts Glen Allen on Friday.
4) Manchester (5-0, was #5)- The Lancers' 47-3 win over Clover Hill last week gave them their first 5-0 start in school history, and they're looking like a well-oiled machine during the first half of the season. Daniel Rose, Justin Pendergrass and Trevor Ben all made big contributions last week, as they've done all season. Manchester eyes improving to 6-and-0 this Friday when it visits Midlothian.
5) Cosby (4-0, was #6)- The Titans enjoyed an open date this past Friday, moving up thanks to Atlee's loss. Cosby topped Huguenot its last time out and will visit Clover Hill this Friday night. Pete Mutascio has seen his team score at least 35 points in three of its first four games, but the real test will come for the Titans in the back half of the season. Manchester, L.C. Bird and Monacan are among three of Cosby's final four games.
6) Henrico (4-0, was NR)- The Warriors loudly enter the poll for the first time this year, after upsetting Atlee last week, 22-20. Their defense has yet to give up a point, as the Raiders score via safeties and special teams scores. This Friday, Henrico eyes its first 5-0 start since 1999 when it visits Lee-Davis.
7) Atlee (3-1, was #2)- Atlee falls from the second spot to number seven after last week's defeat. The Raiders committed some costly turnovers leading to the loss, but has the offensive weapons to bounce back. They'll travel to arch-rival Hanover this week, which is also coming off its first loss of the 2014 campaign.
8) Thomas Dale (2-2, was #7)- After two close losses to start the season, the Knights are finding their stride. Thomas Dale showed no rust coming out of a bye week, handling Hopewell, 54-14. Running back Trent Williams paced the Knights' effort with four total touchdowns, including his first career interception return for a touchdown on the defensive side of the ball. Dale travels to Prince George for a Friday Central District showdown.
9) Varina (2-2, was NR)- The Blue Devils storm back into the poll after a 48-14 triumph at Lee-Davis, and Varina is also a team that could very easily be 4-0 right now has a few bounces gone its way (the same could be said for Thomas Dale). Stu Brown's offense is starting to find its rhythm and he'll look to his defense to step up in some up and coming tough Capital District match-ups. The Blue Devils host Armstrong on Friday night.
10) Douglas Freeman (3-1, was #10)- The Rebels bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 28-0 nothing shutout win over Deep Run last week. The Freeman defense halted some Wildcat scoring opportunities to keep them off the board. The Rebels go back to work Friday afternoon when they travel to John Marshall.
Others receiving votes: Dinwiddie (3-1)
Dropped out: Hanover (3-1)