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July 23, 2014

Richmond coverage

Can I see a show of hands of those who are ready for some football?  I cannot see you but I'm sure just about everyone reading this is raising their hands…  In the NFL the players are reporting to training camp.  Colleges will be beginning practice and here in a couple of weeks, practice will crank up within the Central Region.  The best part?  We are less than a month away from the first game when Huguenot faces Norview on the 22nd of August.

As you may recall, last season marked a new era in high school football within the state of Virginia and it was felt everywhere, particularly here in the Central Region.  Schools that had competed in two different divisions for twenty-six years and in the region for forty years were now split amongst four classes.  That move brought about a lot of changes as many more teams made the playoffs and teams that had not been for quite some time got the opportunity that had eluded them under the old system.  While some things change, some things remain the same and one of those things was the LC Bird Skyhawks dominance over the area…  Not only did they become the first team from our area in football to win back-to-back state titles but they also went 15-0, extending their winning streak to 29-0.  If that weren't enough, the Dinwiddie Generals won a state title themselves in Class 4A giving the Richmond area two state champions in football for the first time ever.

That was where we left off with game action but that's not where our coverage ended.  Since the state championship games in December we have been hard at work with player and recruiting profiles.  Introducing you the fans to those you may already know and some you may not.  The players who are going to shine and make a difference when their teams take the field this season as well as those recruiters think will make a difference once they depart our schools. 

Last season I had big shoes to fill in succeeding CentralRegionTom.  While it was different than what you were used to, I hope you enjoyed my coverage of the area as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.  I look forward to doing so again in the same format that you became accustomed to last season.  There will be some tweaks here and there that you may notice but at the end of the day, we will be talking high school football and that is why we are here and it's what we love…

In the weeks that come, preceding the season you can look forward to several preview articles.  The first of which came out this week as we get to know the six new head coaches in the area.  Within the next few weeks you can count on seeing the "25 Must See Games", previews on each school that will debut the season in my top ten in addition to previews on the rest of teams by their class…  Mixed in we will be featuring articles on the best players at each position…  All in anticipation of what we hope will be another memorable season within the Central Region.

This season will be no different with the coverage as we did not lose nor gain any schools…  That could change in the seasons to come but for 2014, it's business as usual within the Central Region as we provide you coverage of the following schools…

Clover Hill
Colonial Heights
Deep Run                                           
Douglas Freeman                                
George Wythe
Glen Allen                                            
Highland Springs                                
James River
John Marshall                                      
JR Tucker                                             
LC Bird
Mills Godwin                                        
Patrick Henry                                      
Prince George
Thomas Dale
Thomas Jefferson                                

While I might no longer be a rookie, I am always looking to improve and open to ideas and feedback from you the fans.  At the core, the reason I write, the reason I love to do this is because at the end of the day, I am a fan myself.  You may reach me with any feedback good or bad or just to talk at [email protected] and you may also follow me on Twitter at @CRF4Dan

I'm ready for some football, how about you?

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