September 3, 2010
Friday saw the first full week of action for high school teams in our area. Eleven local teams kicked off their 2010 seasons including Monticello and Albemarle in our Game of the Week.
It marked Mike Alley's first game as Albemarle's head coach, but it was the Mustangs coming out with more on Friday. Monticello jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime and didn't look back in a 35-7 victory. Jesse Ayres gained 120 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns, while Tyler Moneymaker score three total TD's, one rushing, one passing, and one receiving. Albemarle's Daniel Ricotta ran a second half kickoff return back 90 yards for a touchdown to account for the Patriots' lone score. Albemarle heads to Western Albemarle next week, while Monticello hosts Huguenot.
Charlottesville faced a tough Robert E. Lee team to open things up and the Leemen flexed their muscle on Friday night, topping the Knights, 55-6. Daniel Intollube-Chmil scored Charlottesville's only touchdown in the second quarter. The Knights will host James Monroe next Friday.
Western Albemarle suffered its first loss of the season, falling at Turner Ashby, 27-10. The Warriors fall to 1-1 and will host Albemarle next week in their home opener.
Fluvanna and Madison played a thriller on the Flucos' home turf. The two teams combined for 31 points in a wild second quarter and the Flucos went into halftime with a 21-17 lead. The Mountaineers, however, came back and scored in the fourth quarter to go in front and held on for the 24-21 win. Rashad Bolden picked off T.J. Dudley's last second hail mary to clinch the victory. Madison hosts William Monroe next week, while Fluvanna has a bye.
Louisa opened up its season with a 21-7 win over Eastern View. The Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the break and held off Easter View from there. The pregame ceremonies included Josh Campi's family raising the Lions' 12th man flag and his brother leading the team onto the field. Campi is currently at UVa Medical Center fighting leukemia. Louisa will travel to Spotysylvania next Friday.
Orange opened up with Chancellor on Friday and fell to the Chargers, 20-3. After a field goal to take a 3-0 lead at halftime, the Hornets saw Chancellor score 20 unanswered points in the second to send Orange to the season opening loss. The Hornets kick off against Culpeper next week.
William Monroe secured its first win since 2007 with a 49-12 thumping of East Rockingham. The Dragons got three touchdowns from Logan Forloines, beginning with the opening kickoff. Mark Sanford earns his first win as Monroe's head coach as the Dragons improve to 1-0. Next up is a battle with Madison next Friday night.
Buckingham improved to 2-0 with a 27-13 win over Nelson. Tarian Ayres connected with Antonn Briley twice to fuel the victory. The Knights will get next Friday night off, while the Governors will travel to Riverheads.
Covenant looked to bounce back from its season opening loss on Friday but could not hang with Atlantic Shores. The Eagles fell 56-14 to fall to 0-2 under head coach Dandridge Payne. Covenant got on the board first when Jesse Getchell recovered a fumble for a touchdown, but it was all Atlantic Shores from there. The Eagles travel to Flint Hill next Saturday.
Saint Anne's Belfield opened up its 2010 schedule with with a victory on Friday, winning at Bishop Sullivan, 27-7. Branford Rogers led the way with 304 all-purpose yards, including 219 on the ground and another 85 receiving. He also found the endzone for a touchdown. Rogers earned the distinction of our Scrimmage Play Top Performer this week for his efforts. The Saints continue their opening road trip next Saturday when they travel to Virginia Episcopal.
Fork Union had some trouble in its opener, falling to Georgetown Prep, 35-7. The Blue Devils will head up to the Washington, DC, area next Friday for a battle with Loyola Blakefield.
Monticello head coach Brud Bicknell joined us live in-studio to talk about his team's season opening win and his 2010 Mustangs.
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