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Season Preview: Positional Breakdown

Indians on offense

The 2014 Indians will have a stable presence under center in senior Cambrun Graham. He started all 11 games for the Indians last year, and there’s no reason to believe that he won’t hold the position for the entirety of this season as well.

Graham played the role of game manager for most of last year. No wonder, considering starting running back Logan Allen ran for 100-plus yards in every game, save the playoff match-up against eventual state runner-up Heritage (Newport News).

Now that Graham has a full year of varsity experience under his belt, don’t be surprised if head coach Jim Woodson puts a little bit more trust in his signal caller. If Woodson does, and Graham responds positively to the increased responsibility, fans could be in store for more performances like the one he put on at Orange County last October, when he thew for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-16 dismantling of the Hornets.

 If there is such a thing as a sure thing on the Indians’ offense this season, it resides four steps behind Graham and has a 6’2, 195-pound frame. Senior Logan Allen, a second team all-region running in 2013, is the real deal. He has Division I size, power, and speed, and will look to improve upon a junior campaign in which he ran for 1,500-plus yards and 20 touchdowns.

The only question with Allen is whether he will be able to stay rested and healthy, considering he doesn’t pay many visits to the sideline

When Allen needs a breather, junior L.J. Jackson, who nearly ran for 1,000 yards in 2013, will offer an explosive alternative.

Jackson is small (5’5”), but highly deceptive and quick. He came on strong at the end of last season, breaking the century mark in three of the last four regular season games.

The starter at the h-back position, which is a sort of fullback/tight-end hybrid in Woodson’s offense, is still to be determined. Sophomore Cameron Kerr spent some time there last year, and it seems he may get the nod again this season.

Kerr, an old school-style runner who brings to mind John Riggins (who was a running back for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins in the National Football League), had a breakout performance against Fluvanna last fall, running for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Elijiah Goode will return to fill the tight end position. Though he’s known more for his prowess on the defensive side of the ball, he offers a heady and consistent presence at the end of the line, and is versatile and athletic enough to catch the occasional pass in the flat whenever he is called upon.  

Senior Chance Morris, who was one of Graham’s favorite targets in ’13, will return to the split end position.

Johnathan Caporale will play flanker after the departure of quarterback-turned-receiver R.J. Thomas.

As for the front five, expect Dan Meeker, Tony Maiolo, Stephon Lemmons, Will Schwartz, Nelson Sutton, Hunter Smith and Trevor Beers to vie for significant playing time.

The Indians on defense

The linebacking corps may very well be the strongest unit on the Indians defense.

Three of the four starters saw significant playing time in ’13, including Allen at weakside outside backer, sophomore Lamont Henderson (son of Indians defensive coordinator Ernie Henderson) at one inside backer and second team all-region selection Elijiah Goode at the other.

The only newcomer is junior Harrison King, who will surely take some pointers from the stable of veterans that surrounds him.

On the defensive front, Schwartz and Sutton will provide pressure from the end positions, while Justin Stoner and Lemmons will hold down the interior.

In the secondary, Morris will man the safety spot, while Jackson and Caporale return to their respective corner positions.

Woodson has expressed concern about the lack of height at the two corners, but seems content to stick with Jackson and Caporale for the time being, considering their innate athleticism.

Season Preview: The Critical Games

Powhatan at Monticello
When: Sept. 26
2013 record: 10-2
Last meeting: Sept. 27, 2013 Monticello 45, Powhatan 19

Make no mistake about it, this is one game that coach Jim Woodson and his boys desperately want to win. The Mustangs have owned the Indians over the last two seasons, winning 45-19 last season and 42-13 in 2012.

A chance at some much-needed redemption could be in the cards for ’14. The Mustangs lost running back T.J. Tillery to graduation, the main player who has given Ernie Henderson’s defense fits here of late.

Monticello also will e replacing quarterback James St. Hill with senior signal caller Daniel Hummel.

The Mustangs’ most notable returner is running back Kyree Koonce. Koonce torched the Powhatan defense for three touchdowns and 175 yards rushing one year ago.

But without Tillery in the lineup, Koonce may get overworked. Monticello’s biggest strength will likely lie in its defense, which returns eight starters from a team that came within a touchdown of beating Northside, a team that went on to capture the Group 3A state title.

Western Albemarle at Powhatan
When: Oct. 31
2013 record: 10-2
Last meeting: Nov. 1, 2013. Western Albemarle 37, Powhatan 36

The Kent Henry era is over at Western Albemarle. For Warriors’ fans, that could prove worrisome. For the rest of the district, his departure could not come soon enough.

Henry, the Warriors’ former do-it-all quarterback, tallied over 10,000 all-purpose yards during his time under center, and has since departed for Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

So what’s the next move for the Warriors? To revamp an offense that lost not only the indomitable Henry, but also all five of its starting receivers. Facing an offense so rife with inexperience, the Indians may be in a prime position to break their two-game losing streak against their rivals from Crozet.

Western Albemarle, along with Monticello, has been the class of the Jefferson District for past two seasons, compiling an overall district record of 11-2. The Indians will play the Warriors at home for the first time since ’11, and a victory could go a long way toward helping Powhatan separate from the Jefferson District’s well-populated middle class.

Charlottesville at Powhatan
When: Nov. 7
2013 record: 4-7
Last meeting: Nov. 8, 2013. Charlottesville 28, Powhatan 16

In last year’s regular season finale, the Indians waltzed into Charlottesville wholly convinced they would capture a victory and head into the playoffs with a 7-3 record. But the Black Knights had other plans. They scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter, then held on as the Indians desparately attempted a comeback.  The unlikely victory propelled the Black Knights into the playoffs for the second consecutive season, where they lost in the first round to GW-Danville.

If Charlottesville has any desire to rekindle the magic they’ve experienced over  the past two seasons, they will have to do so without the help of Chris Thurston, one of head coach Eric Sherry’s most dangerous weapons over the past two seasons.

Thurston, who now plays for Los Angeles Valley, a JUCO (junior athletic college) in California, ran for 1,229 yards and 14 touchdowns as the starting runningback his junior year. He transitioned to quarterback for his senior season and put up solid numbers once again. He ran for 717 yards and 10 touchdowns, while throwing for 400 yards and seven scores.

Thurston was particuarly effective against Powhatan in that regular season finale. He threw only three times, but two went for touchdowns, a 12-yard toss in the first quarter that put the Black Knights up 7-0 and 48-yard heart-breaker late in the fourth quarter that officially doused any plans Powhatan may have had for a comeback.

Thurston was equally effective on the ground. He proved, more or less, that he was a runningback first and a quarterback second, as he tallied 144 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

Storylines for the 2014 season

  • How will Logan Allen finish his career with the Indians? Will he surpass the numbers he put up in ‘13, which included 1,500-plus rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
  • The last game of the 2013 season was quarterback Cambrun Graham’s most efficient as a passer. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 103 yards. How will he progress under center in 2014?
  • The Indians have reached the postseason every year beginning in 2002 and extending through the present. Will they reach the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year in 2014?
  • The Jefferson District has been owned by Western Albemarle and Monticello over the past two seasons. Will the Indians regain their status as an elite team within the district?
  • The Indians lost kicker Wes Livermon during the off-season to fall soccer. With no heir in sight, who will the Indians turn to? “We have a guy with a square-toed shoe, that’s how bad things are right now,” said head coach Jim Woodson of his team’s kicking predicament.
  • The Indians boast three potential all-region selections at linebacker in Logan Allen, Lamont Henderson and Elijiah Goode. Will this year’s linebacking corps go down as one of the most talented in recent memory?

Protect the head!

I’m lucky — or perhaps unlucky, depending on your frame of reference —to only have suffered one concussion during my football career. It came during my junior year at Christopher Newport University, my only season on the football team.

I was playing quarterback during an intrasquad scrimmage. I was carrying out a fake after handing the ball off to the running back, something I had done countless times before without incident. But this time, it ended painfully.

I got thwacked by a bulky outside linebacker by the name of Bryan Oliver. My feet flew out from under me. My head went careening toward the turf. It’s hard to fathom why Bryan felt the need to lay an obvious cheap shot on a defenseless teammate, but, then again, I suppose his reasoning wasn’t all that hard to grasp: Defensive players like to hit people. It’s in their job description. I happened to be in Oliver’s path, so he hit me. Hard.

I remember stumbling to the sideline in a haze.The head coach, Matt Kelcher, peered into my face mask, noticed the glazed-over look in my eyes, and sent me to the trainer, who escorted me into the training room. As she ran me through a standard series of concussion tests, I was struck with an unrelenting case of the giggles. Apparently this is something that sometimes just happens after your brain is slammed against the inside wall of your skull. There I was, howling like a hyena strung out on laughing gas, surrounded by stone-faced athletes being taped and treated for various ailments. I was shipped to the hospital for further examination.

The doctor confirmed I had a concussion. He told me to stay awake for a few hours and to avoid popping pain pills. I wasn’t allowed to engage in football activity for a full two weeks, as was protocol at the time. I was given an old yellow jersey and joined the infirmary unit on the bleachers during practice.

Taking it easy was supposed to be the name of the game, seeing as physical activity could prolong the recovery process or cause additional injury. But Kelchner is old school. He put us to work, placing cones on the practice field and other menial tasks.

During the recovery period, I remember experiencing all of the usual post-concussion symptoms: headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, confusion. For a few weeks, I just didn’t feel like myself. My case was relatively mild, so these symptoms weren’t nearly as pronounced as they could have been. That being said, it was a rather uncomfortable thing to experience. Certainly not something I’d want to go through again.

Before the start of the season, each player was required to take a baseline concussion test on a computer. The tests were similar to the sorts of games you’d find on Lumosity: word games, memory games, games involving shapes …brief examinations that gauge one’s cognitive abilities. A player was not allowed to return to the field until the post-concussion test results matched or exceeded the original test results. This, in theory, tells the trainer that a player is functioning as his peak cognitive level.

I came up short on my first two attempts, but exceeded my original score on the third attempt, a fact that I jokingly attribute to the brain injury actually improving my intellectual capabilities. Once I was cleared, I finished out the season and decided to pull the plug on my football career once and for all.

A couple of years after my rendezvous with brain injury, my brother Phil suffered two consecutive concussions while playing at Shenandoah University. He was a talented safety, but decided to leave football for good at the conclusion of the season. Now he spends his time participating in less-abrasive activities like church softball, pick-up basketball and intramural sports. He’s probably better off for it.

Unlike my brother, the concussion wasn’t my primary motivation for calling it quits. But it was certainly a factor. After all, why risk the long-term mental health for the off-chance of Division III football glory? To this day, I wonder if the effects of that concussion have somehow stayed with me, lingering inside my skull like some malicious apparition.

On certain days my memory seems jumbled. I occasionally feel anxious, distant, sometimes downright slow. I can’t help but think “Are these maladies somehow linked to that shot Bryan Oliver laid on me nearly half-a-decade ago?”

It may just be a case of paranoia, but it’s hard to shake this feeling, especially nowadays, with fear of concussions and their potential devastation on long-term health hanging over the athletic world like a dark cloud.

Junior Seau’s suicide and Mike Webster’s startling mental decline are horror stories that prove how bad things can get. The ongoing case of Nathan Martin, a Powhatan resident, hits even closer to home. And even though those three suffered multiple concussions, which increases the chance for long-term problems, there is scientific evidence that suggests just one concussion can alter the architecture of the brain.

Stephen R. Flanagan, Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and co-director of the concussion center at New York University Langone Medical Center, pointed out this during an interview with National Public Radio.

“Most people who have a concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury, do fairly well and actually become asymptomatic within a fairly short period of time. But there is a significant minority, ranging from 10 to 20 percent, depending on what literature you read, that may go on to develop chronic problems. That may include problems with mood, being depressed or anxious, problems with headaches or balance, or maybe just difficulty with their thinking, having problems paying attention or concentrating. So it’s a small percentage, but a significant minority.”

With football season underway on all levels, now is the time to rekindle the dialogue on head injuries. If you are a player, do not hesitate to pull yourself out of a game or practice if you think you’ve suffered a concussion. No one will think you are less of a man because of it. But, even if they do, what does it matter? Is it really worth it to “tough it out” with all we know about second-impact syndrome? A sense of concern about your health is a matter of prudence, not a show of weakness.

Thankfully, the belief that high school or recreational league football players need to be exceedingly warrior-like, ignoring obvious injuries for the sake of the team, seems to be on the way out. That’s not to say a player shouldn’t feel a healthy sense of duty toward his/her teammates. But there is a fine line between nobility and recklessness.

Know your body. Remember Junior Seau and Mike Webster. You can play through a bruised thigh, a broken finger, perhaps even a separated shoulder. But don’t mess around when it comes to the brain. Seek proper treatment and make sure you are completely healed before heading back out onto the field.

Mike Schoeffel

   A few shots from Indians’ preseason practice. All photos by the incomparable Anjie Henley.

Captions, starting at the top and progressing downward

  • Jim Woodson will enter his 30th season as head coach of the Powhatan varsity football program this fall.
  • Last season, Logan Allen ran for over 1,500 yards, scored 20 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named second team all-region. He returns in 2014 for his senior season.
  • Assistant coach Linwood Jackson - whose son, L.J. Jackson, is one of the Indians top running backs - shouts instructions during Indians’ training camp.
  • The men behind the scenes: defensive coordinator Ernie Henderson (left), offensive guru Jason Campbell (center) and defensive backs/running backs coach Linwood Jackson have coached alongside Jim Woodson since the mid-90s. All three played football at Powhatan High School. Henderson was a devastating fullback, Campbell an offensive lineman, and Jackson a record-setting running back.
  • Senior Elijiah Goode will return in 2014 to play inside linebacker and tight end. He was named second team all-region linebacker in 2013, recording 10-plus tackles in multiple games.

2014 schedule

8/22         Matoaca (scrimmage)    6 p.m.
8/28        Collegiate (scrimmage)    6 p.m.
9/5           Midlothian        7:30 p.m.
9/12        Hopewell        7:30 p.m.
9/19        Greensville        7 p.m.
9/26        Monticello        7:30 p.m.
10/3        Louisa             7:30 p.m.
10/10        Albemarle        7 p.m.
10/17        Orange             7:30 p.m.
10/24        Fluvanna         7:30 p.m.
10/31        Western Albemarle    7:30 p.m.
11/7        Charlottesville        7:30 p.m.       

4A South Region Semifinal: Powhatan @ Heritage (Newport News)

On a pleasant Friday evening at the college-esque Todd Stadium – a field that has been called home by Virginia High School League legends Michael Vick, Tyrod Taylor, and many others – the Heritage High School Hurricanes put the spin on Powhatan High School’s Indians, 41-23, eliminating Powhatan from postseason competition. It is the second straight season the Indians have fallen in the first round of the playoffs.

The Hurricanes, who were hardened by a difficult Peninsula District schedule that consisted of such perennial 757 powerhouses as Hampton, Woodside and, most notably, Phoebus, came out of the regular season with a well-earned 9-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of Phoebus, a program that has won five state championships in the last seven years.

It was apparent from the initial whistle that Heritage was an athletic bunch that played a brutal, face-paced style of urban football that the Indians simply could not keep pace with.

For a brief moment at the beginning of the contest – after a 34-yard field goal by Wes Livermon put the Indians up 3-0 – Powhatan entertained the idea of an upset. But the Hurricanes quickly nipped that thought in the bud, reeling off 28 consecutive points on long, demoralizing scoring plays. The first touchdown came on a 66-yard run by Juany’e Patillo. Patillo, the game’s unofficial Most Valuable Player, ended the night with an astounding 225 yards on only 14 rushes. That’s an average of 16-plus yards per carry.  

Another candidate for Most Valuable Player was Heritage’s Marcus Vanhook, a split end who scored the Hurricanes’ next three touchdowns. Each end zone visit came through the air from at least 25 yards out. His third venture across the goal line – a 32-yard reception from quarterback Jeremiah Boyd – gave the Hurricanes a 28-3 lead and officially put the game out of reach for Powhatan.

To their credit, the Indians never stopped fighting, even when the outcome of the game was essentially decided. They trailed 35-10 late in the third, but scored twice – once on a 16-yard run by DaQuan Berry, then again on a 5-yard reception by Elijiah Goode – to bring the score to a respectable mark of 35-23. That’s as close as they would get, however, as Timothy Holden-Bethea pounded out a 2-yard run to put the home team up 41-23. Those were the last points scored by either team.

The rushing attack that has powered the Indians all season long was left spinning its wheels for most of the evening. The Heritage defense was a fearsome, violent bunch, and they kept Logan Allen under the century mark for the second consecutive game.

The loss eliminates Powhatan from postseason play.

The win puts Heritage in somewhat unfamiliar territory. It’s the first time they’ve reached the second round of the VHSL playoffs since 2000, when they went 14-0 and captured a Group AAA, Division 5 state championship. They advanced to the postseason in 2007 and 2012, but lost in the first round each time.

Week Ten: Powhatan @ Charlottesville

Charlottesville High School may have been a sub-500 team coming into last Friday night’s game against Powhatan High School, but, as any sports fan knows, records can be very deceiving.

The victory gave the Black Knights an even 5-5 record. Both Charlottesville and Powhatan have qualified for the Group 4A playoffs.

The Black Knights got off to an electrifying start the likes of which the Indians were never able to shake off. On Charlottesville’s first drive of the game, quarterback Chris Thurston connected with Rashad Brock on a 12-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. That touchdown toss capped an eight play, 63-yard drive. It also let the Indians know that the Black Knights (5-5, 3-4) weren’t going to be an easy out, by any means.

Charlottesville made another statement on their second drive, when Rashad Brock sprinted into the end zone from 24-yards out to give “The Ville,” as they are referred to, a two-touchdown cushion.  

L.J. Jackson, who is averaging over 10 yards per carry this season, did his part to bring the Indians within striking distance: he sliced through the Charlottesville defense from 11 yards out early in the second quarter to shrink the score to 14-7.

However, Thurston would turn out to be the game-changer, just as he has been all season long for the (other) orange and black.

The signal caller made two pivotal plays in the second half that would ultimately doom the Indians to an unexpected regular season-ending defeat.

The first play occurred approximately three minutes into the third quarter, when Thurston, who was lined up in the shotgun just as he was throughout the entire evening, faked a handoff to the left then sprinted right up the gut, splitting the Powhatan defense like a cantaloupe on a chopping block.

That score stretched the Charlottesville lead to 21-7 and gave the Indians a strong punch in the gut just when they were entertaining the thought of a comeback.

Powhatan inched closer with two consecutive scores, one on a safety that was the result of a poor snap on a punt, the other a 9-yard touchdown scamper by Jackson that shrunk the score to 21-16.

But that’s when Thurston made his second game-changing play of the second half.

Facing a fourth down and five at the 48-yard line with less than 9 minutes remaining the game, Thurston audibled from a relatively conservative running play to a much more risqué call: a deep pass route that sent wide out Leon Straus sprinting through the center of the Powhatan defense on a post.

The last-second adjustment paid critical dividends.

Thurston connected with Straus, who had beaten the Powhatan defender by a good three feet, and the Black Knights took a commanding 28-16 lead.

That rounded out the scoring for both teams. Thurston finished the night 2-of-3 for 55 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 13 times for 144 yards and a score.

Week Nine: Powhatan @ Western Albemarle

The Powhatan defense had Kent Henry and the Western Albemarle offense right where it wanted them.

With 3:12 remaining in the game and the Indians clinging to a 36-30 advantage, the Warriors faced a fourth-and-three on the Indians 44-yard line. One final stop by the Powhatan defense would have, in essence, wrapped up the game and given the Indians a satisfying win over a team that defeated them 30-10 just one year ago.

Enter Henry, Western’s multi-dimensional senior playmaking quarterback who, at times, seemed like the only player between the white lines for the Warriors. Up until this point in the game, he had been typically dominant — both through the air and on the ground — and he wasn’t about to let such a petty inconvenience as a fourth down play with the game on the line spoil his team’s fun.

So, true to game-changing form, Henry took the snap, faked a hand-off to the right side, shimmied his way out of a few tackles, and shot up the Indians’ sideline for what ultimately became the game-winning touchdown*.

If a moment as dramatic and awe-aspiring as this happened to occur for the home team at, say, “the Jungle” in Louisa, perhaps a living person would have been fired out of the on-campus cannon at a dangerously high rate of speed.

But this was Western, after all, so those in attendance had to settle for a brief dose of enthusiastic hoo-rawing from the public address announcer, which, in the end, was probably the better alternative.

Henry’s last minute, gut-wrenching touchdown gallop took the axe to yet another outstanding performance from Powhatan’s rushing attack. The two main suspects — Logan Allen and L.J. Jackson — did most of the damage, combining for 309 of the Indians 311 yards on the ground. Both Allen and Jackson had touchdown runs of over 60 yards early in the game: Allen’s 62-yard sprint on a simple dive play put the Indians on top 7-0, and Jackson’s 72-yard jive session tied the game at 14 all.

Henry’s totals were, well, expectedly Henry-esque. Through the air, he was 16-of-30 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he ran 17 times for 145 yards (8.5 yards per carry) and two more touchdowns.

Interestingly enough, it was a rare second quarter mistake by Henry that almost allowed the Indians to escape Crozet with a victory. Powhatan corner back Chance Morris jumped a route and took Henry’s pass 31 yards to paydirt to tie the game at 21 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Henry would redeem himself in the second half, however, hooking up with Tre Banks for a seven yard touchdown pass and reeling off that 44-yard, game-winning touchdown run.

Lost in the shuffle was a solid performance by Powhatan quarterback Cambrun Graham, who finished 8-of-15 for 141 yards. Chance Morris, who is quickly becoming Graham’s favorite target, had another productive day at wide receiver, hauling in seven passes for 130 yards.

Powhatan will travel to Charlottesville (3-7) this Friday to wrap up the regular season, while Western will play Fluvanna at home.

*This wasn’t even the Warriors most dramatic victory of the season. That distinction belongs to a nail-biter against county rival Albemarle, a game which featured Henry connecting with Steven Hearn in the end zone on on the last play of regulation to secure a 41-39 road victory.

Week Eight: Fluvanna @ Powhatan

Just a few minutes into the first quarter of last Friday’s game against Fluvanna, immediately after the Indians scored their first touchdown, more than a few people in the stands may have been flipping through their programs looking for an answer to the same question:

Just who, exactly, is this number 44?

It was Cameron Kerr (for those who didn’t have a program), and the hard-running H-back didn’t wait around to make his presence known in his first varsity start. He scored Powhatan’s first two touchdowns – on runs of 16 and 25 yards – as the Indians steamrolled the Flucos 40-14 on a wintry evening at Powhatan High School.

Kerr, a freshman whose stocky frame belies his youth (the program lists him at 6’2, 206 pounds), dons the number “44” and runs with all the urgency of a man who popularized the number as a member of the Redskins in the 1970s and 1980s. Kerr keeps it simple – he wears no articles of “swag,” spurns excessive juke moves for a “one-cut and a go” technique – and his no-nonsense minimalism worked wonders against Fluvanna. He finished the night with five rushes for 57 yards and two TDs, and even made a few big plays on the defensive side of the ball.

As impressive and unexpected as Kerr’s varsity debut turned out to be, he was only part – albeit a highly integral one - of the Indians’ well-oiled rushing attack. Powhatan ended with 409 yards on the ground, a mere 89 yards short of a school record set 24 years ago against Goochland. L.J.  Jackson, whose compact frame and juke-and-jive-heavy approach make him Kerr’s antithesis, reeled off 151 yards and a touchdown on only nine carries. He was Powhatan’s leading rusher.

Despite the lopsided final score, the Flucos actually possessed a lead early on in the contest. A 19-yard touchdown pass from Austin Foster to Jesse Van Dyke gave the Flucos (1-7) an 8-6 lead with 49 seconds left in the first quarter. But less than a minute later, Kerr sprinted 25 yards for his second touchdown of the night to put the Indians back on top, 14-8. From that point forward, Powhatan dominated just as a 6-2 squad should against a team that has mustered only one win – a 23-6 win against Louisa in “the Jungle” last week – so far this season.

Powhatan pushed the score to 19-8 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Cambrun Graham to Chance Morris in the second quarter. On the snap, Morris simply took one step back, snagged a whizzing dart from Graham, made a move on the cornerback, and scampered his way to the Promised Land. It’s Morris’ second-consecutive game with a touchdown reception: he had a 67-yarder last week in a 40-16 romp over Orange County.

Powhatan’s final three scores would come on the ground – one from Jackson, two from Allen (who got into some personal foul trouble for the second straight week) – and the Indians went home with their second-straight 40-point performance.

Kerr wasn’t the only freshman to celebrate a coming-of-age party. Fellow Class of 2017’er Lamont Henderson, son of Indians’ defensive coordinator Ernie Henderson , had a career game on the defensive side of the ball, recording 10 tackles. But the youth brigade didn’t end there: at one point during the game, there were five – yes, five – freshman on the field for the Powhatan defense.

Powhatan will head to Crozet to take on Western Albemarle this Friday, Nov. 1. It will be their toughest road test so far this season. The Warriors’ offense, which is averaging 43 points per game, put up 63 points last week against Charlottesville. Their leader is versatile quarterback Kent Henry, who accounted for three touchdowns in last year’s meeting..

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