High school football: Buckingham and Lunenburg rank high in state rankings
Posted at 4:24 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2022
DILLYN — Earlier this month, the Virginia High School League released its first official set of high school football power ratings and will post updates weekly through the end of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Several teams in the region are expected to be represented in the playoffs, including undefeated Central Lunenburg and soaring Buckingham, among others.
Lunenburg, making its first 7-0 start since the program’s last undefeated regular season in 1995, is currently the No. 1 seed in Region 1B. It should be a spot the Chargers can keep, unless they slip in one of their final three regular season games: at home against Prince Edward on Oct. 14, against Buckingham on Oct. 27, and at Amelia on Oct. 4. november. .
By virtue of their 27-7 win over Buffalo Gap, the six-time defending state champion Riverheads skipped the Bison for the No. 2 seed in the Region 1B standings. In 2021, each region took eight teams to the playoffs except for 5B and 1B, where they advanced six schools to the playoffs, with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receiving first-round byes. .
Buckingham, which debuted tied for fourth with Clarke County in the first Region 2B High School Football Power Odds, has won four in a row, their last victory being a 41-0 shutout of Randolph- Henry, to make it 5-1 on aggregate. To go further, the Knights must win at least three of their last four regular season games with a trip to Nottoway (Oct. 13), a home date against Amelia (Oct. 21), an aforementioned visit to Central -Lunenburg (Oct. 27) and a home date against winless Cumberland (Nov. 4) rounding out their slate.
Luray, who beat the defending 2B Central-Woodstock Region champion last Friday 41-25, is the only remaining undefeated in the Buckingham Region.
Prince Edward, Randolph-Henry facing a challenge
Moving to Region 2A, the path to the playoffs is less clear and far from a foregone conclusion for players like Prince Edward and Randolph-Henry.
At 3-3, Randolph-Henry should be able to break their three-game losing streak with upcoming home games against Arcadia and Cumberland, two schools that have a combined 1-11 record. But after debuting in eighth place, securing a playoff berth may require an additional road win over Nottoway (October 28) or Prince Edward (November 4) for the men. State.
Like the Statesmen, the Prince Edward Eagles got off to a quick 3-0 start before struggling, suffering a loss to Buckingham by 42 and then trailing Greensville 22-20 in their last outing. At 4-2, Prince Edward slipped one spot from No. 6 to No. 7 in the latest 2A standings, but will have a huge opportunity to boost his playoff chances if he can beat the undefeated Chargers in Lunenburg. October 14.
From there, Prince Edward hosts Nottoway (October 20) and visits Amelia (October 28) ahead of the regular season home finale with Randolph-Henry, which will have major ramifications across the playoff field. 2A. At 6-0, the Thomas Jefferson Vikings of Richmond are the only undefeated team in Region 2A and sit in the overall pilots to claim the No. 1 seed.
Friday Regional High School Football Scoreboard:
Buckingham 41, Randolph-Henry 0
Lunenburg Center 69, Cumberland 7
Greensville 22, Prince Edward 20
Amelia County 15, Nottoway 14
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