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For now, two high school football teams are in good shape to make the playoffs, but only one is looking to go into the postseason undefeated.

Thomas Jefferson (10-0, 6-0) easily took care of Mountain Island Charter 34-16 this past Friday night.

Bill Lay and Nomi McMullens paved the way on the ground game and really had no issues with MIC. The defense did its job as well by holding them scoreless until late third quarter.

TJCA will go to Monroe and play Union Academy (6-4, 3-3) in the regular season finale this Friday. Union Academy has been competitive with Hayden Gosnell quarterback, a various amount of runners in their arsenal and Derek Young as the leading receiver.

A long road trip is a concern, but TJCA is looking for regular season perfection.

Pick: TJCA

East Rutherford

The Cavaliers did a great job to stay with Shelby, but fell 28-7 on the road to the Golden Lions.

East Rutherford will look for win number seven on the season as they host East Gaston this Friday. If East Rutherford can corral an elusive Kobe Kreamer and fullback Brodie Hilton, then the Cavs should win this Friday.

Pick: East Rutherford

R-S Central finally snapped a four game skid and won their first SouthWestern 2A game of the season with a 28-22 victory over East Gaston.

Chase, who fell 69-0 last week to South Point will host R-S Central this coming Friday. Both teams have seen problems with stopping offenses. Chase and Central both have speedy quarterbacks, but Central should be able to get the ball down field and score enough in a close game.

Pick: R-S Central

Congrats to the R-S Central volleyball team as well on winning the Conference title, tourney and advancing to the third round of the 2A playoff. Coach Ryan Sherburne was named coach of the year in conference while Brooklyn Hart, Danielle Ensley, Courtney Poteat and Caitlin Dailey were a few that were key to a 27-2 season for the Lady Hilltoppers..

Congrats to Tyler White. Although, he is not rostered on the Astros for the World Series he is the first reserve should the Astros suffer injury during the World Series.

Martinsville

Martinsville....under the light....I approve.

What a great race, especially the last 100 laps at the Martinsville Speedway in the First Data 500 Sunday night. Brad Keselowski wins the first two stages, got rooted up, pushed back to about 10th and then helped cause the accident as they crossed the finish line coming out of turn four to the checkered flag. The front-stretch was a total junkyard after the race, but it didn't matter to Kyle Busch, who rooted Denny Hamlin out of the way on the final lap in turn one and held off Martin Truex Jr. at the stripe to punch his ticket into the final four at Homestead.

As for Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott, Hamlin knocked Elliott (who was leading with under 10 laps left) out of the way in order to try and win Sunday in the final laps. If he was man enough to say it, then maybe I would have a little more respect for what he did. Instead he acted like he didn't do anything wrong. Both were trying to make it into the final round of the championship and Elliott has yet to win a race. Elliott has been a bridesmaid six times in the last two seasons and has 20 top 5's to show for it during that stretch.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was all hyped up after Sunday's conclusion despite finishing 11th in his last Martinsville Monster Energy Cup race. The sentimental favorite battled between 14th and 20th all day, but never had the track position or the car to really make the push he wanted. Junior added in his youtube broadcast after the race, that Martinsville under the lights, a short track showing like that and a raucous crowd is what NASCAR really needs. He is right!

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