RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Here is the latest NBC12/ WHAN Radio High School Football Top 10 poll, released every Tuesday during the high school football season.
1) Hermitage (5-0, was #2)- The Panthers take over the top spot after a 38-0 win over Patrick Henry, combined with L.C. Bird's loss. Eli Odom is Hermitage nicely at quarterback since the loss of starter Rashad Robinson. With arguably the most difficult stretch of the schedule behind them, the Panthers could get pretty comfortable at the top of the poll.
2) Highland Springs (5-0, was #3)- Loren Johnson's Springers brought the offense in a 47-3 win over Glen Allen, staying unblemished in the loss column. Their next test could be one that's more difficult than they may have thought when they first saw the schedule. Highland Springs meets 5-0 Armstrong this Friday on the road.
T3) Manchester (6-0, was #4)- The Lancers took care of Midlothian, 51-7, as running back Justin Pendergrass extended his TD count to 16 this season. Manchester's offense continues to click on all cylinders. Tom Hall and company enter the bye week with a chance to get fresh and gear up for the stretch run.
T3) L.C. Bird (4-1, was #1)- The Skyhawks' 29-22 loss to Lake Taylor snapped their 33-game winning streak, but make no mistake, they're still one of the best teams in the area. Bird will face Midlothian on Friday in hopes of getting back on the winning track, but still has tough match-ups with Cosby and Manchester on its remaining schedule.
5) Cosby (5-0, was #5)- The Titans handled rival Clover Hill, 30-0, coming out of their off week, and remains perfect at the halfway point. They've now beaten the Cavaliers four straight times. James River awaits Cosby this Friday, a team that has never defeated the Titans in seven all-time meetings.
6) Henrico (5-0, was #6)- The Warriors' defense gave up its first points of the season, but Henrico still triumphed at Lee-Davis, 28-7, to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1999. Next up for Gerald Glasco's club... Hanover. Henrico hasn't beaten the Hawks since 2005.
T7) Armstrong (5-0, was NR)- Armstrong storms into the Top 10 with a 46-24 upset win at Varina, marking the Wildcats' first ever victory over the Blue Devils. Armstrong took advantage of six Varina turnovers and controlled the entire game. An arguably tougher test awaits this Friday as the Wildcats host Highland Springs.
T7) Thomas Dale (3-2, was #7)- Dale topped Prince George 49-30 to win its third game in a row and climb above .500 for the first time this season. Eric Finney and Trent Williams make up one of the best running back duos in Central Virginia. The Knights travel down Route 10 for a match-up with rival Meadowbrook this Friday.
9) Atlee (4-1, was #7)- Atlee held off rival Hanover, 27-20, to get back in the win column after that loss to Henrico. The Raiders dropped thanks to Armstrong's win that propelled the Wildcats into the poll. Atlee had to hold off a charging Hanover team to escape with the win. Now the Raiders get set to host an angry Varina squad that is coming off its third loss of the season.
10) Douglas Freeman (4-1, was 10)- Freeman held onto its spot thanks to a 21-0 win over John Marshall, the second straight shutout the Rebels have posted since losing to Atlee. The Rebels now get set for a Friday showdown with arch rival Mills Godwin.
Others receiving votes: Dinwiddie (4-1), Benedictine (5-1)
Dropped out: Varina (2-3)