RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Coming into the 2016 season, the vast majority of the Hermitage Panthers were unproven. After an undefeated regular season in 2015, most of the team graduated.
The young Panthers are no longer unproven.
Since dropping their season opener to Highland Springs, the Panthers have reeled of nine wins in a row, and with a win over Douglas Freeman Friday, they claimed the #2 seed on the Richmond side of the 5A South bracket, ediging L.C. Bird.
A big reason for the Panthers’ win at Freeman and their higher seeding was senior running back Jordan Hall. Hall ran for more than 250 yards and scored four touchdowns in Hermitage’s 45-7 win. The Rebels had one of the best defenses in the area coming into the game, but Hall made it look easy. He busted a 50-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, scored a couple of plays later, and never looked back.
This coming Friday, Hall and the Panthers will host Henrico for the third year in a row. Henrico also has one of the area’s best defenses, but Hall has proven that’s not enough to stop him.