James River will be hosting their first play-off game since 2000 when the 4th seeded Rapids take on the 5th seeded Riverbend Bears. The Rapids, led by Coach Bobby Henderson, clinched their 4th winning season out of the last 5 years with a win over rival Midlothian 48-33 last Friday. They are a very hot team coming into the play-offs posting three straight wins over George Wythe, Cosby, and Midlothian.
The Rapids have been led all year on offense by QB Graham Scholl, RB Jalen Butler, ATH Hasan Gibson, OL Max Wilson. On defense they have been led by LB Bell Mayo, LB Trevor Morris, DE Vernon Couch.
This is the 5th year James River has made the play-offs. The Rapids have been in postseason 3 out of the last 4 years. The play-offs years and scores are listed below, which includes the memorable run in 2014.
2000- Lost first round to Varina 19-13
2001- Lost first round to Varina 21-15
2014- Beat #1 CD Hylton 13-8
Beat Cosby 27-14
Lost to eventual champion Oscar Smith 49-7
2016- Lost first round to Thomas Dale 33-9