Hopewell dom­i­nates reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale

Briggs scores 5 TDs, Blue Devils rout Monar­chs 61-7 Peters­burg Boys Vol­ley­ball

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Staff Re­ports

HOPEWELL - The Blue Devils de­fended Merner Field in dom­i­nant fash­ion with a 61-7 blowout win over Mead­ow­brook to close out the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Blue Devils head into the VHSL foot­ball Re­gion 3B play­offs on a record of 8-1. It was Hopewell’s first win with over 60 points scored since their 63-20 trounc­ing of Culpeper in the open­ing round of the 2016 play­offs.

Blue Devils sopho­more Robert Briggs Jr. feasted on nine car­ries with 93 rush­ing yards and four touch­downs, as well as on a 31-yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Daniel Grier in his re­turn com­pleted all four of his passes on the evening for 82 yards and the touch­down throw to Briggs.

Briggs scored four of the first touch­downs of the game with Sean Allen flex­ing his blis­ter­ing speed to take a punt re­turn to the house for six points in that stretch.

Sopho­more Trey Hen­der­son un­leashed a 60-yard sprint to the end zone to make it 40-7, and then Briggs scored his fi­nal touch­down of the night on a 31-yard catch from Grier.

An­thony Hale scored the matchup’s fi­nal two touch­downs as he set sail on a 76-yard kick re­turn touch­down and added a rush­ing score.

Allen caugt an in­ter­cep­tion to go along with his 150 kick re­turn yards. His team­mate Ja­cen Fowlkes blocked a punt and was cred­ited with a forced fum­ble. Di­wan

Robert­son Jr. also forced a fum­ble, and Keshon Cox had a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Hopewell se­nior kicker Pre­ston Haden went seven-for-nine on his PAT kicks.

Paul Davis scored the lone touch­down for Mead­ow­brook (0-10) in the first quar­ter.

Hopewell Foot­ball is set to host the first round of the Re­gion 3B play­offs this com­ing Fri­day. The Blue Devils were ranked sec­ond prior to Thurs­day’s home game ver­sus the Monar­chs and await the fi­nal rank­ings that will set the post­sea­son bracket.

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Peters­burg Boys Vol­ley­ball’s Aaron Hask­ins and his Crim­son Wave team­mates con­cluded the 2018 sea­son with a 3-0 loss to Mid­loth­ian in the Re­gion 4 West­ern Sec­tion quar­ter­fi­nals and a pair of 3-0 wins over Thomas Jef­fer­son.

[PHOTO COUR­TESY DANIEL JONES]

Hopewell Foot­ball, seen in this home game ver­sus Thomas Dale, con­cluded the reg­u­lar sea­son on a dom­i­nant 61-7 win over Mead­ow­brook and will host the first round of the Re­gion 3B play­offs.

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