School news for Oct. 26

RCHS football team scores a whopping 135 points in last two games

Fall sports are winding down at RCHS, with playoffs looming and winter sports preparations under way, but Rappahannock’s teams — varsity, junior varsity, and Junior Panther — continue to light up the scoreboards and rack up the wins.

Taking the headlines again this week is football, on the strength of two dominating wins in the past week. Last Saturday, Coach Kemp Pullin’s varsity team traveled to Brunswick Academy and lit up the home team to the tune of 68 points, which adds up to 135 points that the varsity Panthers have put on the scoreboard over the past two games.

Stats leaders included Michael Reid with three touchdowns, one by ground and two by air, to go along with his 333 all-purpose yards for the game; 138 rushing, 134 receiving, and 61 in returns. Dalton Hitt also rushed for 2 touchdowns as did Richard Lillard, who also passed for three TDs and returned an interception for a pick six. Colby Frye added to the score with a 25 yard TD reception and Ryan Grigsby added another on the ground. On the defensive side, the Panthers were also led by Drake Lynn with an interception of his own.

Next Saturday the team travels to Grace Christian for their last road game and then returns to Panther Stadium for their final home game of the season on Friday, Nov. 3, hosting the Governors of Nelson County. Kickoff is at 7 and the award winning RCHS Panther Marching Band will present their final show of the season at halftime. Prior to kickoff, at 6:30, the RCHS athletic department and Principal Karen Ellis will be honoring our seniors from varsity football, varsity cheer and band. Panther fans will want to be in the stands for this final home football game of the season and cheer on the team as they strive to match their record setting victory total of last season.

On the Junior Panther side of the football program Coach Rich Hogan’s team racked up their third win of the season last week with a home win over the Maryland School for the Deaf by a 34-6 margin. Tension was high as players expected a repeat of last week’s close contest, a game won by the Panthers 14-13, but the rematch was a one sided affair, with the Panthers scoring early and often and holding their opponent to one lone TD.

Jacob Kidwell led the scoring with two TDs, one running and the other from a beautifully placed pass by quarterback Mason Ramey. Andrew Hitt had yet another big stats game with a total of 125 yards on the ground, including a breakaway up the middle for 75 yards that would have resulted in a TD were it not for the defense’s penalized horse collar tackle just short of the end zone.

T.J. Keane and Hunter Baker continued to open spacious holes for the runners on the offensive line and QB Mason Ramey also had a standout game on defense, one of many who played both ways throughout the night, a night in which Coach Hogan noted that numerous players stepped up on both sides of the line. The JP team hosted Locust Grove Middle this past Monday, results too late for this article, in their final game of the season, results and stats to be reported in next week’s article.

In volleyball action our varsity squad split their games last week while JV added two more wins to their burgeoning total. Coach Courtney Atkins’ varsity team dropped a four set loss to Clarke County last Tuesday on the road but bounced back with a Dig Pink win over Central this past Thursday. Coach Seth Wyatt’s JV squad cruised to straight set wins in both contests.

Varsity stats leaders for the two games included Sarah East with 23 kills, Hannah East with 12, Amber Smoot with 7, Deanna Abdullah with 4 and Virginia Wyatt with 3. Additionally Virginia and Hannah recorded 5 blocks, 3 and 2 respectively, and setter Olivia Atkins recorded a whopping 46 assists. Both teams traveled to George Mason this past Tuesday and play in their final home game of the season tonight, Thursday, Oct. 26, vs. Madison County, in a game which will also be Senior Night for volleyball and cross country and will be the final Dig Pink night. JV first serve will be at 6 and seniors will be honored just before the Varsity game begins, at approximately 7.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the varsity team will host a Bull Run District playoff game, opponent still to be determined, with first serve going over the net at 2. Rapp volleyball fans will want to be on hand to witness these first steps back towards the team’s goal of returning to the state playoffs and defending their state title.

Winter sports tryouts are just around the corner and parents will want to mark their calendars for these dates. JV and varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball tryouts will begin on Monday, November 6, times and locations to be announced. Varsity wrestling will begin tryouts on Monday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 in the high school wrestling room. Junior Panther girls’ and boys’ basketball will begin tryouts on Monday, Nov. 13.

The winter sports parent meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 9, in the RCHS auditorium at 6:30. All athletes must have a current VHSL school sports physical on file in order to participate in tryouts.

— Jimmy Swindler

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