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(Report provided by Scrimmage Play)
Charlottesville’s Rashard Davis knew the Black Knights had the goods to knock off Monticello. And he was right.
Davis, the Black Knights’ senior quarterback, rushed for all four CHS touchdowns — including an 88-yard sprint — while racking up 231 total yards (141 on the ground). Behind that effort, Charlottesville wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 28-7 thumping of Jefferson District rival Monticello on Friday night. It was the Black Knights’ first win over Monticello since 2004.
The Black Knights’ game-opening possession featured nine running plays and a pair of fourth down conversions before Davis ran in from 10 yards out. Their second drive consisted entirely of runs, capped by a 7-yard touchdown from Davis. When Monticello’s offense took the field for the second time in the game, they trailed 14-0 and 10:15 remained in the first half.
Monticello surprised everyone in attendance as senior backup quarterback Branden Beasley started and played most of the game. Coach Rodney Redd declined to comment on the quarterbacks, and why senior Jhalil Mosley, didn’t play in the game.
With Mosley on the sideline, the Mustangs’ offense centered almost exclusively around junior back T.J. Tillery. He carried 25 times for 122 yards and a touchdown, and caught one pass for 14 yards. However, it was Davis who stole the show — the 88-yard keeper down the right sideline that electrified the CHS student section, and gave the Knights a comfortable 21-7 halftime lead.
The Black Knights then put the game away in the fourth quarter on a Davis plunge that made it 28-7.
Now with four weeks left in the regular season, both teams find themselves in surprising positions, at least relative to how things looked a couple weeks back. Monticello (4-2, 0-2) has been outscored 56-7 in back-to-back Jefferson District losses, while Charlottesville (3-4, 2-0) will visit Western on Friday for a battle of district unbeatens.