When it comes to college football in Virginia, the spotlight is usually dominated by the Virginia Tech Hokies and Virginia Cavaliers, the state’s lone FBS programs–college football’s top division. However, three schools at the FCS level–college football’s second tier–are making some early season headlines and have established themselves as national championship contenders.
This week’s edition of the FCS Coaches Poll has the James Madison Dukes ranked 7th nationally along with the William and Mary Tribe at #8 and the Richmond Spiders at #9.
Despite stumbling at Stony Brook this past weekend, the Spiders have already made the biggest splash this year when they went into Charlottesville and drilled UVA 37-20 to start the season. They followed up that performance with a 34-0 shutout over Norfolk State the following week.
The early success shouldn’t be all that surprising since the Spiders return 15 of 22 starters from a team that went 10-4 last year and advanced to the national semifinals before losing to eventual champion North Dakota State. This week the Spiders will try to get back on track when they host #21 Colgate.
The Dukes missed an opportunity to one up Richmond this past weekend when they were beaten by the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. However, JMU dispatched its first two opponents, Morehead State and Central Connecticut, by a combined score of 136-28 and will look to return to that type of dominating fashion this Saturday when they travel to Maine to open conference play. With 16 of 22 starters returning, improvement on last year’s first round playoff exit is expected in Harrisonburg.
The Tribe got off to a rocky start and were overmatched in Raleigh against NC State in an opening week 48-14 loss, but rebounded nicely to get a 10 point road win over Hampton. That performance was followed up with a 25 point victory against Norfolk State this past weekend. William and Mary returns 16 of 22 starters from a team that went 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs (losing to Richmond), so expectations are high in Williamsburg.
Next up for the Tribe is their conference opener against Elon this Saturday.
Photos: VCU Women’s Soccer Black and Gold Scrimmage
A high scoring practice with Black edging out Gold 6 to 4.
Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship
With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.
Opponent: Chattanooga Red Wolves (5-5-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 3 – Orlando 1
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Three Things to Kick About
- Daryl Grove – It’s with an extremely heavy heart we share the news of the passing a Richmond soccer legend Daryl Grove. Daryl was one half of the Total Soccer Show and devoted to the growth of soccer and was an all-around great guy. He will be missed.
- Terzaghi – Leading Golden Boot winner didn’t make the trip down to Orlando on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Saturday. Every single Kickers fan is hoping to see him on the field this Saturday.
- Win and In – It’s that simple. The more complicated version is that the Kickers need to tie Omaha’s result. Omaha kicks off after the Kickers game so the Kicker just have to win and take any guesswork out of the equation.
I’m honestly too nervous to think rationally and feel that predicting anything but a win will cast bad vibes on the team. So gotta go with a Kickers win.
Kickers 1 – Chattanooga 0
Official Richmond Kickers Preview
Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#10) scored his first goal the season to level the score against Orlando Wednesday. The Zambian made his 12th appearance this season, and seventh start to go with an assist. Forward Stanley Alves (#9) made his third start of the season and scored his first professional goal against Orlando. A product of University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Alves has played in ten matches in his rookie season. Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) scored his first goal for the Kickers as the insurance goal at OCB. Joining later in the season, Anderson made his second start and fifth appearance for Richmond.
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Greg Hurst (#11) leads Chattanooga in scoring with seven goals this season. He sits tied for second overall in the league behind Emiliano Terzaghi with his ten goals. Forward Mark Hernandez (#20) has four assists this season to lead the team. The Anaheim, Ca. native also has three goals in 11 matches this season for the Red Wolves. Goalkeeper Alex Mangels (#24) is in his second season in Chattanooga and holds a 1.14 goals against average heading into Saturday’s match in Richmond. The product of the University of California, Berkeley has three clean sheets through 14 matches.
CarMax Tacky Light Run reimagined with virtual and road-based courses for 2020
The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use.
The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use. Courses will be open December 11-December 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a virtual option is also available for participants to complete their run or walk on a course of their own choosing as well.
One of the planned courses will utilize the Walton Park neighborhood, one of the area’s most festive collections of holiday lights and elaborate decorations, and the traditional site of the CarMax Tacky Light Run.
Now in its eighth year, the holiday-themed fun run combines one of Richmond’s favorite traditions – tacky holiday lights – with a celebration of active living. Registration is now open with pricing for adults ($18) and youth age 14 and under ($12), and, in addition to the marked and measured course options, registration also includes a long-sleeve event participant shirt, packet mailing, participant race bib, and a $5 discount to register for the 2021 CarMax Tacky Light Run.
All registered participants will also be automatically entered into a contest for a special CarMax Tacky Light Run prize pack. Optional add-ons to registration include a commemorative CarMax Tacky Light Run 2020 ornament, holiday-themed merchandise, and glow kits.
“We are excited that Sports Backers has come up with a creative solution to keep the tradition of this fun and festive event going this year,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “The CarMax Tacky Light Run has become a much-anticipated annual event for residents and families all over the Richmond region and we’re honored to be the lead sponsor for the eighth consecutive year.”
Each official CarMax Tacky Light Run course will have signage, mile markers, and passive traffic calming measures to promote the safety of participants. Event organizers will also provide additional support including lighting and other safety measures while courses are open from December 11-December 13.
“The CarMax Tacky Light Run has grown to become one of Richmond’s favorite holiday activities and we’re excited to offer this new event format for participants to take part in a festive and active way while following public health guidelines to support the health and safety of participants, volunteers, and staff,” said Molly Johnson, Event Director for Sports Backers. “We’re thankful for the continued support of CarMax and Chesterfield County and we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate in a new format in December.”
Participants will also be encouraged to dress up in their best, brightest, and tackiest holiday gear, and the CarMax Tacky Light Run Costume Contest will reward the top costumes in the categories of ‘Best Tacky Sweater,’ ‘Merry and Bright: Brightest Dressed,’ and ‘Best Overall: Individual and Group.’ Costume contest participants can submit photos to [email protected] or post on social media and tag @TackyLight Run, @SportsBackers or #NeverTooTacky.
Kids Run RVA will serve as the official event charity for the CarMax Tacky Light Run. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people and provides run clubs and fitness opportunities in schools and neighborhoods across the Richmond region, including many underserved communities.
Kids Run RVA gives youth the chance to have fun while being physically active in their own communities and gets thousands of kids moving throughout the Richmond area on a daily basis, with the goal of establishing healthy habits early in life that are critical to the long-term physical, emotional, and social development of all children. Kids Run RVA works to break down barriers and provide all kids the opportunity to participate in daily physical activity.
For more information on the CarMax Tacky Light Run, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.