2012 Rivalry Series
"Battle of Chester": LC Bird 35, Thomas Dale 6
September 6, 2013Great American Rivalry Series
CHESTERFIELD, VA -- LC Bird's dominance over Thomas Dale continues.
The LC Bird Skyhawks blew open a tight game at halftime by scoring 21 unanswered points to beat Thomas Dale 35-6 on Friday night in the annual "Battle of Chester." Over 6,000 fans attended the game at Bird High School, which played host to a game that's part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
Bird -- which went 14-0 last season on its way to its first-ever state title -- has won 12 of the last 14 meetings against Dale. including the last six.
Senior transfer Earl Hughes paved the way for the Skyhawks, running for 154 yards and two scores. Hughes, who ran for over 1,800 yards and 33 TDs last season at Meadowbrook, was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player.
Junior back Stephan Mines added 62 yards and a TD for Bird, which never trailed and blew the game open in the second half after holding onto a 14-6 lead at halftime.
While the Skyhawks' offense didn't have much trouble moving the ball, the defense also didn't have much trouble keeping the ball from moving. The Knights finished with just 80 yards led by junior back Eric Finney's 46 and a score.
Bird (1-0) hosts Wythe next Friday night, while Dale (1-1) is at Varina the same night.