Knights, Warriors, Monarchs win in Week 5

Thomas Dale 18, Prince George 13
Running back Eric Finney led the way for Thomas Dale for the second straight week, scoring three touchdowns while rushing for 138 yards on 23 carries as Thomas Dale won their homecoming game 18-13.

The Royals held a 13-12 lead at the half. Finney found pay dirt on a one yard punch in to give the Knights the lead in the third. Justin Cooper carried the ball 17 times for 86 yards as the Knights put together a well-rounded game on the ground against one of the most improved defenses in the Central Region in 2013.

Quarterback Trevor Luke played an efficient game in his return from a concussion, completing five of five passes for 112 yards.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Sam Starke led Dale with 11 tackles, and cornerback C.J. Reavis finished with nine tackles, two defensed passes and a crucial interception to take back the momentum with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Finney, a junior, has scored seven touchdowns in the team’s last two games.

Thomas Dale will host Meadowbrook Friday, at 7 p.m in a battle of old Central District foes.

Prince George (3-2)         7 - 6 - 0 - 0 -- 13
Thomas Dale (3-2)           6 - 6 - 6 - 0 -- 18
Matoaca 41, Colonial Heights 12
The Warriors built a giant first half lead on the Colonials on the strength of four completions, all for touchdowns in the first half by quarterback Blake Bowen.

Three of those touchdowns were to wideout Trevion Armstrong who caught the three balls for 96 yards. The junior’s other touchdown throw was a 51-yard strike to Khalil Coleman.

Matoaca’s only score of the second half was a 14-yard run by Cameron Wheeler in the fourth quarter. Junior running back Aaron Monts added 82 yards rushing on 10 carries for the Warriors.

Colonial Heights was led by quarterback Isaiah Vesima, who threw for 115 yards and a touchdown and ran for 74 yards and another touchdown.

With the win on homecoming weekend, the Warriors rebounded from last week’s loss to Meadowbrook and will face off with Petersburg on the road Friday, at 7 p.m.

Colonial Heights (0-5)   0 - 6 - 0 - 6 -- 12
Matoaca (2-3)               14 - 20 - 0 - 7 -- 41
Meadowbrook 42, Hopewell 12
The Monarchs offense exploded last Friday as they cruised to a victory over Hopewell at home, getting a particularly strong performance from their running attack led by junior Justin Miller who carried the ball 16 times for 209 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Shedrick McCall gained 124 yards on 13 carries. Sophomore quarterback Talik

Mann finished 14-20 passing for a career high 313 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior Khylil James caught two first half touchdown passes from Mann of 30 and 46 yards, and senior wide receiver/running back Terelle Whitaker hauled in a 78-yard touchdown reception and ran the ball in from three yards out as Meadowbrook led 28-12 at the half.

Miller scored his only touchdown in the third quarter on a 50-yard run, and defensive lineman Cameron Artis returned an interception 45 yards to punctuate a strong defensive half by the Monarchs in which Hopewell failed to score.

The Monarchs travel to face Thomas Dale Friday, at 7 p.m.

Hopewell (1-4)            6 - 6 - 0 - 0 --12
Meadowbrook (3-2)   14 - 14 - 7 - 7 -- 42


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