NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big12- Week of September 28th

NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big12- Week of September 28th

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big 12 is a high school football poll voted on weekly by members of each organization's sports staff. Below are the rankings for the week of September 28:

1) L.C. Bird (5-0)- The Skyhawks pitched their fourth shutout of the season, a 36-0 victory over Clover Hill. J.B. Wright continued his tear with 234 rushing yards and two scores. On the season, Bird has outscored opponents 204-7. (Last week- #1; @ Monacan)

2) Hermitage (4-0)- Hermitage avoided an early upset bid from J.R. Tucker. After falling behind 16-0 in the second quarter, the Panthers scored 42 unanswered points, crushing the Tigers hopes and easily avoiding their first district loss since 2006, after a rough opening 12 minutes. (Last week- #2; @ John Marshall,10/3)

3) Highland Springs (3-1)- The Springers had no trouble taking care of Armstrong last Wednesday, opening up a 41-0 lead after the first quarter, and cruising from there. The competition increases significantly this week, as they'll face Atlee. (Last week- #3; vs. Atlee)

4) Benedictine (3-0)- The Cadets enjoyed an open date this past weekend, giving them some extra time to get ready for a rivalry showdown with St. Christopher's this Saturday. (Last week- #4; @ St. Christopher's, 10/3)

5) Henrico (4-0)- The Warriors used defense once again to secure another victory, putting up two defensive touchdowns in a 26-7 win over Patrick Henry. The unit also held the Patriots' offense to no scores, as their only TD game on a pick-six. (Last week- #5; @ Varina)

6) Monacan (5-0)- Monacan stayed perfect with a 25-6 triumph over Huguenot last Wednesday, breaking a second quarter tie and scoring 19 unanswered points. Running back Khalik Hamlin fueled the victory, as the Chiefs continue to persevere without starting quarterback Syour Fludd. (Last week- #6; vs. L.C. Bird)

7) Dinwiddie (3-1)- Monday marked another convincing win over a perceived strong area team, as the Generals took care of Hopewell, 41-13. Billy Mills's team looked like the total package, scoring on the ground and through the air, and posting a stifling defense that shut down the Blue Devils. (Last week- #8; vs. Matoaca)

8) Thomas Dale (3-1)- Six players recorded rushing touchdowns for the Knights in a 61-0 rout of Colonial Heights. Dale's defense held the Colonials to zero yards of total offense. (Last week- #9; @ Prince George)

9) Douglas Freeman (4-0)- The Rebels survived a scare from John Marshall on Monday, coming back and topping the Justices, 27-18. Down 12-7 at the break, Freeman's offense found some life in the second half, scoring 20 points and staying unbeaten. (Last week- #10; @ Thomas Jefferson)

10) Hanover (3-1)- The Hawks suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, as Atlee overcame a 25-6 deficit and handed them a 44-40 loss. Marcus Bazala tallied five total touchdowns in the defeat, which saw the Raiders post 31 points in the third quarter. (Last week- #7; @ Patrick Henry)

11) Lee-Davis (4-0)- The Confederates are off to their best start since 1997, and beat Varina on Friday for the first time since that year. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 12-0 lead, before Lee-Davis caught fire. Running back Nathan Evans posted 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns. (Last week- not ranked; vs. Armstrong)

12) Manchester (3-1)- The Lancers stay in the poll after a 28-16 win at James River, bouncing back from their first loss of the season. Bryce Hall continues to shine for Manchester at running back, as he added two more touchdowns in the contest. (Last week- #11; vs. George Wythe)

Dropped out: Patrick Henry (3-1)

Also receiving votes: Atlee (3-1)

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