RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Even when the Varina Blue Devils were having down years, they seemed to have the Henrico Warriors’ number.
In 2014, the Warriors came in undefeated, and Varina gave them their first loss in a 28-27 thriller. The following year, Henrico again game in unbeaten, and Varina again went home with a one-point victory, 13-12.
By 2016, the Warriors had had enough. They suffered their first loss of the season the previous week, a 7-6 thriller in Ashland where Patrick Henry took home the W with a late score. The Warriors took out the frustrations of two years of close losses to Varina and the PH loss and dominated the Blue Devils 21-0 in a game that featured about as many penalty flags as big plays.
Coming into Friday night’s match up, the #8 Blue Devils are a resurgent bunch with a 5-1 record and an offense and defense firing on all cylinders. The Warriors are doing just fine as well. They are 3-2, but their losses are to #1 Hermitage and #3 Highland Springs. Both Varina and Henrico have lost to Hermitage, with the Warriors having put up a tougher fight on the scoreboard (a 27-12 loss versus a 42-21 loss for Varina).
The Springers are, so far, clearly the best among the Capital District contenders, but Henrico, Varina, and Lee-Davis are all bunched together below them. The team that comes out on top between those three will likely earn at least a #4 seed in the 5A South Richmond region, and that will earn that team a home playoff game come November.
There’s a lot on the line Friday night between Henrico and Varina. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Varina.