L.C. Bird 73, Monacan 7
Running back Earl Hughes led the way again with another ridiculous stat line that included 398 total yards and five touchdowns- 270 rushing (4 TDs), 61 receiving and 67 via punt returns (one return TD). The senior earned his third nod as Village News player of the week.
Junior running back Stephen Mines rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns as well, giving the two tailbacks a total of 999 yards through four contests.
Quarterback Terrance Ervin finished 7-16 passing for 188 yards, one a seven-yard strike to Wilkins and the other an 18-yard pass to senior Rasheed Worsham, his fourth touchdown reception of the year. Wilkins also returned an interception for a 72-yard touchdown, his second in as many weeks.
Bird has rolled through their first four games, but faces a big test on the road this Friday at Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.). Both teams are considered to be top five in the state by many national high school football websites. We’ll have live updates from Norfolk on twitter @VNewsSports.
SCORE BY QUARTER
L.C. Bird (4-0) 21 - 28 - 12 - 12 -- 73
Monacan (1-4) 0 - 7 - 0 - 0 -- 7
Thomas Dale 32, Hopewell 23
Last Friday was halfback Eric Finney’s day as he rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns with three of those coming in the second half to aid the Knights in an exciting comeback victory over the Blue Devils.
Trailing 14-13 at the half, the Thomas Dale defense allowed Hopewell to score early in the third, but locked down the rest of the way. Finney gave the Knights the lead with 5:55 to go in the game with an 11 yard touchdown run and added another to seal the game.
The Dale defense has played a significant role in both of their victories this season. Defensive end Raun Hall led the way with 13 tackles, while linebacker Marco Carrabotta and cornerback C.J. Reavis logged ten tackles a piece.
The Knights got solid play from quarterback A.J. Holliday as the senior completed 7-10 passes for 110 yards and a 27 yard touchdown pass to Carrabotta, Dale’s tight end. Holliday is playing in place of starter Trevor Luke who was injured in week one against L.C. Bird.
Thomas Dale will look to gain momentum with a 7 p.m.home contest this Friday with Prince George.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Hopewell (1-3) 0 - 14 - 7 - 2 -- 23
Thomas Dale (2-2) 0 - 13 - 6 - 13 -- 32