While high school football is absent from Central Virginia this fall, we’re still paying tribute to it during On the Sidelines on Fridays on NBC12. This Friday, we re-visit an area high school dynasty.
Even though he’s one of the youngest on the Blue Devils’ roster, he found himself front and center on Thursday afternoon, taking the microphone on campus and sharing his thoughts on racism and injustice.
While fields are quiet this fall across Virginia, that doesn’t mean we can’t talk some high school football. Throughout the fall, NBC12 will bring you special editions of On the Sidelines on Friday nights, where we’ll look back at some memorable games, seasons, players and performances.
The recruiting experience is exciting for high school athletes, though it does present its challenges. Throw in a pandemic into the mix and the challenges can be amplified, but one of the area’s most sought-after recruits in the Class of 2022 is making it a point to enjoy every moment.
Javonte' Harding has been named Gatorade Virginia Track and Field Athlete of the Year on the boys side. He’s the second student-athlete from Prince George to win the honor (John Warren, 2014). The Royals’ senior is now a finalist for the Gatorade national award.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Wallace in the fourth round with the 127th overall pick. He became the second Highland Springs graduate to be picked during the 2020 draft, after Mekhi Becton went 11th overall to the Jets.
Seniors at Manchester walked out of the building on March 12, not realizing that it would be their final day of high school. They would get no senior prom, no commencement, no formal chance to say goodbye to classmates and teachers.
Last season, Thomas Dale boys basketball stumbled to a 5-19 record. By March, the Knights had been done playing for a bit, but March of 2020 finds them as one of just 13 area teams left standing in the hunt for a state championship.
Cassidy, from King William County, is a world champion pole sport competitor, aside from being a straight-A student. She’s won two world gold medals, since she began training in the sport at nine years old.
Henderson has taken the number one spot in ESPN’s running back recruiting rankings for the Class of 2021, which include the best players nationwide. The Blue Devils’ star is also ranked 13th overall among recruits in the class throughout the country.
Basketball, track and field and lacrosse are all sports that Trinity’s Justin Dabney has taken part in. The junior, however, isn’t afraid to try new things, which is how he stumbled upon his newfound passion.
Marcus Lewis was named the head coach of Varina during a ceremony on Thursday morning at the high school. Lewis is a 2001 graduate of the program, earned all-metro honors as a player and has spent the last 12 years as a Blue Devils assistant coach.
Five years ago, Cheyenne Wray decided to give football a try, and now she’s taking her game to the semi-pro level. Wray signed her contract with the River City Sting of the United States Women’s Football League on Tuesday morning.
Caroline High School has had a varsity wrestling program since 2010. The Cavaliers’ wrestling room is in a trailer behind the school, but the program is successful beyond its years. Just look at two teammates who have led the way, and whose bond stretches far beyond the mat.
The Hopewell junior won the inaugural Mark L. Fischer Player of the Year Award on Tuesday, given to the top high school football player in the Richmond area. Henderson beat out fellow finalists Bo Kite (Deep Run) and Isiah Paige (Varina).
Only 12 high school football teams in Virginia are practicing this week. Hopewell marks the lone team in the Richmond area left standing, as the Blue Devils shoot for a Class 3 state championship on Saturday.
NBC12 will present the Mark L. Fischer Player of the Year Award to the area’s top high school football player, as decided by head coaches and select media. The honor will be presented on December 17 at 7:30pm. Here are your nominees, selected by each respective head coach.
Championship Thursday at the Siegel Center for VHSL boys volleyball certainly featured plenty of local flavor, as five area squads took the court in hopes of capping off memorable state title runs. When the dust settled, three programs repeated as state champions.
Jamareeh Jones scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with 6:35 to play and the Highland Springs defense came up with a big late interception, as Highland Springs downed Varina, 27-20, to close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon.
Deep Run head coach Chad Hornik knows Thomas Jefferson football well. He served as the Vikings' head coach from 2012-2015, led them to their first playoff appearance in 37 years and spearheaded a massive fundraising effort to upgrade facilities and equipment for the program.
With three weeks remaining, the top seven spots in our Big 12 rankings hold steady. Prince George charges back in this week after topping Thomas Dale, while Clover Hill makes its first appearance of the season.
Prior to this season, Devin Flowers didn’t even realize he was close to becoming the Richmond area’s all-time leading rusher, but seven games into the season, Flowers finds himself on top of that mountain.
Clover Hill and Huguenot haven’t been the most successful area high school football programs when it comes to wins and losses in recent years, but 2019 looks like both could be on the verge of putting together winning campaigns. They’ll meet on Friday night in our On the Sidelines Game of the Week.
Highland Springs continues its stranglehold on the top spot in the rankings, after a big comeback win this past Friday. Spots four through eight remain the same, while Cosby makes its first appearance in the poll.
Not since 1978 have Highland Springs and Manchester met on the football field, but area high school fans are in for a treat in our Game of the Week this Friday night. The Springers and Lancers meet as reigning state champs and boasting the two longest active winning streaks in the commonwealth.
At the beginning of the season, area football fans may not have expected this week’s match-up between Hermitage and Varina to be Game of the Week-worthy, but strong starts by both teams has put this annual meeting of traditional powers back in the spotlight.
The Warriors and Wildcats both enter with 2-0 records. Henrico has won the last six match-ups between the two teams, but the Wildcats feel that this is the best squad they've put on the field in quite some time.
Thomas Dale senior Jasiah Williams made his verbal commitment to the University of Richmond on Tuesday afternoon during a brief ceremony in the Knights’ field house. Williams plays quarterback and defensive back for Dale, but expects to play slot receiver for the Spiders.
Highland Springs stayed atop the rankings after a big win in a match-up of two perennial state powerhouses, Thomas Dale held steady after a victory in the Battle of Chester, and a newcomer enters the poll this week.
It’s been recognized by the Great American Rivalry Series as one of the best high school football rivalries in the nation, and on Friday L.C. Bird and Thomas Dale renew acquaintances as the Battle of Chester takes the stage in our On the Sidelines Game of the Week.
Many teams opened up their seasons last week, while those that did not will kick off this Friday. Below is the latest edition of the NBC12/ RVA Sports Network Big 12 poll, voted on by members of each organizations sports staffs.
2018 was a punch to the gut of Charles City County football. Low participation numbers forced the Panthers to cancel their season, stripping the players of the game they loved. Now the Panthers return to the field as part of the reborn program.