Week One Review
Not a whole lot of surprises in Week One as the favorites rolled in most games against overmatched opponents. Let’s take a look at the scores from last week’s games we previewed:
Varina 54, Ballou (DC) 0 – No mystery in who the better team here was. No we’ll just have to wait until the end of the season to see if Varina’s power rating suffers in spite of the thrashing they gave to the team from the Dsitrict.
Highland Springs 34, Prince George 0 – Victor Harris busted out for over 200 yards in a game that was never really in doubt.
Landstown 51, First Colonial 13 – The big news from this game wasn’t the drubbing the defending Eastern Region champions put on First Colonial, but rather the fact that one of the state’s top juniors, Percy Harvin, was suspended for the Landstown’s following game for an unnecessary celebration penalty. Landstown has been criticized for showing poor sportsmanship in the past, and this only adds to the perception.
Powhatan 13, Henrico 10 (OT) – The defending state champions earn a hard fought victory, and give themselves a power rating boost to boot.
Park View (Sterling) 53, Fort Defiance 9 – Not the start Fort Defiance wanted to get off to. Out of district results are critical to the playoff picture in the VHSL. For many teams, it’s the only way to get a really substantial boost in the playoff standings. It’s good to see these two strong programs hooking up early in the season, and if Park View continues their winning ways, it will help Fort Defiance as the season progresses. Of course, Fort needs to start winning as well.
Gretna 76, Staunton River 14 – Beatdown of the week (with apologies to George Wythe-Wytheville and Norview). Vicqual Hall picked up right where he left off, grabbing close to 400 yards of total offense as his Hawks demolished another team.
William Fleming 24, Magna Vista 12 – This victory makes William Fleming your favorite to win the Division 4 state crown, after one week. Going into Magna Vista’s stadium and taking a win out will pay huge dividends.
Finally, a score that was significant, but we didn’t preview.
Grafton 41, New Kent 0 – I caught some flack on a message board devoted to high school athletics for ignoring New Kent in my preseason rankings. Well, who’s looking smart now, huh? In defense of the boys from New Kent, Grafton is a very talented team who should still be playing come playoff time. New Kent has time to bounce back, but playing in the Bay Rivers District doesn’t give them too much time to do so.