NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big 12- Week of September 21

NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big 12- Week of September 21

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big 12 is a weekly high school football poll, voted on by members of each organization's sports staff. Below are the latest rankings for the week of September 21:

1) L.C. Bird (4-0)- The Skyhawks used a big second half to roll to a 35-0 win over Manchester, avenging last year's Hail Mary loss. J.B. Wright has been a workhorse for Bird so far. He added two touchdowns to his tally this past Friday, while Jalen Elliott threw for an additional two, while running for another. ( Last week- #1; vs. Clover Hill)

2) Hermitage (3-0)- Calvin Whitehead propelled the Panthers to a shutout of non-district rival Varina. Whitehead tallied two blocked punts, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and a crucial tackle when the Blue Devils faced 4th and goal from Herm's three yard line, forcing a turnover on downs. Patrick Kane's 138th career win turned out to be a 28-0 victory. (Last week- #2; @ J.R. Tucker)

3) Highland Springs (2-1)- The Springers enjoyed an open date this past week, and will have two extra days tacked on to the end of the week before their next contest at Armstrong, thanks to the World Cycling Championships. (Last week- #3; @ Armstrong, 9/28)

4) Benedictine (3-0)- The Cadets impressed in their first game against a cross-town rival this season, leading Collegiate 13-0 after the first quarter and going on for the 41-14 win. Scott Bracey and Donaven Tennyson provided the offensive sparks. Benedictine has scored 141 points in three games this season. (Last week- #4; BYE)

5) Henrico (3-0)- After a slow start, the Warriors cruised to a 30-0 win over J.R. Tucker. Henrico has outscored opponents 125-12 in its first three games, allowing both scores late in already-decided games. (Last week- #5; vs. Patrick Henry)

6) Monacan (4-0)- The Chiefs played without starting quarterback Syour Fludd, but still rolled to a 34-13 win over Clover Hill. Khalik Hamlin has been a difference-maker for Monacan, and continued that trend last Friday, scoring three touchdowns on nearly 200 yards rushing. (Last week- #6; vs. Huguenot, 9/23)

7) Hanover (3-0)- Hanover held off a late Hopewell comeback attempt to move to 3-0 on the season and keep an impressive campaign moving in the right direction. Marcus Bazala rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns, guiding the Hawks to a 24-19 win. (Last week- #7; vs. Atlee)

8) Dinwiddie (2-1)- The Generals move up a spot in the poll without even playing, after Atlee's loss to Douglas Freeman. Their extra week of preparation will be put to good use, as Dinwiddie hosts Hopewell on Friday. (Last week- #9; vs. Hopewell)

9) Thomas Dale (2-1)- Kevin Tucker's squad recovered this past week during an open date, hot off a convincing win at Varina the week before. The Knights dive into their old Central District schedule beginning this week, facing Colonial Heights. (Last week- #9; @ Colonial Heights)

10) Douglas Freeman (3-0)- The Rebels burst into the Big 12 after a 21-14 win over Atlee this past Friday. It was an impressive showing for the Freeman defense, which was able to contain the Raiders' high-powered offensive attack, and held strong on the final play of the game, batting down an Atlee pass attempt as time expired from the Rebel 13-yard line. (Last week- NR; @ John Marshall, 9/28)

11) Manchester (2-1)- You can't fault a team too much for losing to the top-ranked team in the area, especially a team as young as Manchester. The Lancer defense kept Bird under control for 99 percent of the first half, but fell apart in the second. A usual high-scoring offense was shut out for the first time this season, but shouldn't be too concerned at this point. (Last week- #10; @ James River)

12) Patrick Henry (3-0)- The Patriots make their first appearance in the Big 12 after a 3-0 start, most recently taking care of Mills Godwin, 35-21. Patrick Henry jumped out to a 28-7 lead by halftime and used a balanced attack to continue its impressive early-season run. (Last week- NR; @ Henrico)

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